GHGA Lecture Series: Helen Parkinson (virtual)

Helen Parkinson from the EMBL's European Bionformatics Institute presented "Data integration strategies for biomedicine" at the second GHGA lecture series ("Advances in Data-Driven Biomedicine") on December 13, 2021.


A recording of the presentation can be viewed on the GHGA Youtube account.


Helen leads the Knowledge Management Section of EMBL-EBI having previously led the Molecular Archival Resources. Her Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team delivers databases, analyses, data integration tools and ontologies for biomedicine. She moved to bioinformatics and computational biology while performing positional cloning for primary pulmonary hypertension, a rare genetic disease. Helen's passion is semantic data integration and providing users with useful data. Her team participates extensively in international collaborations ranging from data analysis and data generation projects to data integration projects such EOSCLife, Health Data Research UK, Intervene, the Patient Derived Cancer Models Finder, the GWAS and PGS Catalogs and others.

Prior to joining EMBL-EBI in 2000, Helen was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leicester, where she worked on the genetic basis of the genetic disease Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, Hypophosphatasia and synteny at human chromosomes 7 and 12. Her PhD thesis examined the temperature compensation of circadian rhythms in Drosophila.