My name is Jacob S. Zelko! I graduated Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in biomedical engineering. I work at Georgia Tech Research Institute in the HEAT Division as a researcher and am a Contractor for the Centers for Disease Control.
My research career has focused on mental health -- in particular, examining bipolar disorder, depression, and suicidality. This focus has led me to studying about the social determinants of health, neurocognitive disabilities, and health equity.
Additionally, I have vested interests in observational health research and am an active member of OHDSI, open and reproducible science, knowledge management, science education, and as a practicing Christian, the intersection of faith communities and science.
The Julia community aims to be welcoming, diverse, inclusive towards people from all backgrounds. However, there is still room for improvement in terms of engagement and representation of people identifying from underrepresented backgrounds. In this talk, we will present different initiatives aimed at supporting underrepresented individuals and groups within the Julia community such as Julia Gender Inclusive, JuliaCN, and the Development and Diversity Fund.
This talk explores the use of Julia in a novel observational health research study that explores health equity and mental health in ~100 million patients in an international collaborative effort across more than 4 countries. Contributions and efforts within the JuliaHealth and adjacent communities have made working with this data possible. The approaches and results shared will be valuable for potential researchers and will open new frontiers for high performance computing and health analytics.
A casual, open-ended discussion for anyone interested in using Julia in health and medicine. In particular, we'll discuss strategies for growing and strengthening the Julia health and medicine community.