Theme Lead – Health
Dr Charmaine Tam (University of Sydney)
Charmaine Tam is a Fellow in Health Informatics at Northern Clinical School and the Centre for Translational Data Science, the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on liberating, integrating and extracting meaningful information from the growing collection of electronic medical records. The value of this data is realised only when this information is converted into knowledge which enables improvements in patient health outcomes, health care efficiency and minimises low value care. Charmaine works at the much needed interface between health domain experts and data engineers and scientists, ensuring that insights from the burgeoning amount of digital health data are best utilised to lead to improvements in human health within appropriate governance and privacy safeguards.
Charmaine completed her PhD at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on adipose tissue biology in children under the direction of Professor Louise Baur and Professor Karine Clement (Les Cordeliers, INSERM, Paris). Next, she completed her postdoctoral studies at the Pennington Biomedical Research Centrein Baton Rouge, Louisiana under the direction of Professor Eric Ravussin, a world expert in translational studies in obesity and type 2 diabetes. Whilst at the Pennington, Charmaine developed expertise in a range of clinical techniques for examining obesity and diabetes in humans including hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamps, adipose tissue and skeletal muscle biopsies and methods of measuring energy expenditure (metabolic cart and whole room calorimetry). In 2012, Charmaine joined the University of Sydney where she was the recipient of a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. In 2016, Charmaine was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the Australian and New Zealand Society for the study of Obesity for her work investigating the physiological mechanisms contributing to obesity and its metabolic complications.