My name is Ed Acker. My day job is Life Sciences Innovation Consulting. I help companies navigate the risk-laden path of change by balancing tactical and strategic initiatives within a framework of continuous learning. This involves using a variety of methods (mind-mapping, data modeling, ontologies, prototypes, data animation, partnerships) along with the continuous learning framework and my research on individual differences in information processing styles to help users and IT create a shared vision of innovation. One such effort used OMOP (CDM, Standard Vocabulary, ETL and analytics), clinicaltrials.gov, genetics databases, PubMed, FuzzyLogix, SAS, R and Protoge to prototype an drug treatment insight discovery platform.
How would I like to contribute to the OHDSI community? I'm a Cognitive Psychologist with extensive IT knowledge and experience interested in working with clinicians and scientists to find more effective treatments for psychological problems - especially childhood Autism. I really enjoy being part of a highly passionate, confident and creative team of professionals who are driven to move innovation forward. I like to quickly take innovation ideas to the point where both users and IT can assess its value.
My personal interests include: ice hockey, tennis, music and multimedia presentation.