2023 MAQC Society 6th Annual Meeting 

Sept 11-12, 2023, Helsinki, Finland

Venue: Scandic Park Hotel, Mannerheimintie 46, 00260 Helsinki Finland

Theme: AI/ML in Health Science: Benefits and Challenges

The President of the MAQC Society, Dr. Andreas Scherer, is diligently identifying keynote speakers, organizing sessions and planning for our 6th annual MAQC Society 2023 meeting. We will have a full two days of keynote and invited speakers as well as sessions involving abstracts contributed by MAQC Society members and related participants. Feel free to contact the Scandic Park Hotel in Helsinki to make reservations for the conference now.

Posters and podium presentation abstract deadline: July 31, 2023

*note* deadline extended to August 12 for early-career scientists and applicants to the JMP Travel Award. Students, postdocs, and early career scientists, please consider submitting your abstract to be eligible for the JMP Grant ($500 travel award). To apply, be sure to select the checkbox for this award when completing your abstract submission (abstract submission link below).

Registration rate for attending MAQC 2023 6th Annual Conference is as follows: 

Professional – $300 (on-line or in-person)
Post-docs – $150
Students – $100

For conference questions contact: Dr. Andreas Scherer:  andreas.scherer /at/

We thank our conference sponsors:

Our Confirmed 2023 Speakers

Speakers Affiliation
Toni Andreu EATRIS (European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Zainab Awan William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London UK
Michael Chasse Health innovation and evaluation hub, Centre de recherche, University of Montreal, Canada
Payel Das Trusted AI, IBM Research, Florida, USA
Viswanath Devanarayan Eisai Inc.
Joaquin Dopazo Computational Medicine Platform, FPS, Hospital Virgen del Rocio, Sevilla, Spain
John Eriksson University of Turku, Turku, Finland
Benjamin Haibe-Kains Princess Margaret Research Center, University of Toronto, Canada
Tero Hiekkalinna National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland
Wendell Jones Q2 Solutions/EA Genomics, Durham NC, USA
Martin Krallinger Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Barcelona, Spain
Lassi Paavolainen Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Chris Mason Weill Cornell Medicine, New York NY, USA
Stuart McLennan Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Josef Neu University of Florida, Gainesville FL, USA
Samuli Ripatti Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Leming Shi School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Kaisa-Hanna Sihvo AIFORIA OY, Helsinki, Finland
Shraddha Thakkar US FDA, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Silver Spring MD, USA
Weida Tong US FDA, NCTR, Little Rock AK, USA
Russ Wolfinger SAS JMP, Cary NC, USA
Yuanting Zheng Human Phenome Institute, Fudan University, Shanghai, China


Day 1 Monday Sept 11, 2023
Time Activity     Speaker
8:30 Registration / welcome refreshments      
9:00 Beginning of meeting      
Morning Session 1 AI data requirements In this session we will discuss the requirements of data quality and quantity, as well as the process for making the data ethically reusable Stuart McLennan (DE)
to be announced
Session 2 AI in imaging Latest examples of the use of AI in image analysis. From large scale EU projects to public research data repositories, and to the latest applications of AI in digital pathology for diagnostic and prognostic biomarker development. John Eriksson (FI)
Benjamin Haibe-Kains (MAQC) (Canada)
to be confirmed
Afternoon Session 3 AI and multi-omics We will hear about exciting use cases of AI in the field of omics and multi-omics applications, from cancer research to space research and quality control for large multi-omics projects Josef Neu (USA)
Chris Mason (MAQC) (USA)

Leming Shi (MAQC) /

Yuanting Zheng (China)

Session 4 AI in toxicology US FDA projects with AI applications in the field of toxicology, followed by the launch of a new MAQC Society Project: AI/ML in drug induced liver injury Weida Tong MAQC (USA)
Shraddha Thakkar (MAQC) (USA)
Morning Abstract presentations, part 1   A full hour of abstract presentations  
Afternoon Session 5 Natural Language Processing How can AI be used in natural language processing of healthcare information? Martin Krallinger (DE)
Payel Das (IBM) (USA)
17:00 Reception      


Day 2 Tuesday Sept 12, 2023
Time Activity Session title What to expect… Speaker
8:30 Registration / welcome refreshments      
9:00 Keynote 1 Digital Health and AI: Benefits and Costs of Data Sharing in the EU Benefits and challenges of sharing digital health data across borders in the EU from the perspective of a biomedical research infrastructure. Toni Andreu (EATRIS) (NL)
Morning Keynote 2 FinnGen and Intervene: the importance of AI for population health Hear about ways to harness AI and large-scale genomics in combination with healthcare data to improve personalized and preventive healthcare. Samuli Ripatti (FI)
Session 6 Data integration, AI/ML How to integrate different data types to improve the benefit of AI in healthcare and research to be announced
Visnavath Devanarajan (USA)
Michael Chasse (Canada)
Afternoon Session 7 AI in Covid-19 research Addressing the Covid-19 pandemic, which efforts have been undertaken in the development of drugs and biomarkers, using AI? Joaquin Dopazo lab (MAQC) (Spain)
Zainab Awan (UK)
Session 8 AI and synthetic genome data We will hear about using synthetic data for AI-based disease research. Joaquin Dopazo (MAQC) (Spain)
Tero Hiekkalinna (FI)
17:30 Adjourn      
Morning Abstract presentations, part 2   A full hour of abstract presentations  
Workshop part 1 Commercial AI solutions Learn how Aiforia equips pathologists and scientists in preclinical and clinical labs with powerful deep learning and cloud-based technology to advance their image analysis tasks and workflows. Kaisa-Hanna Sihvo (AIFORIA Oy) (FI)
Afternoon Workshop part 2 Commercial AI solutions Deep Learning Made Easy: A Point-and-Click Interface to Torch in JMP Pro Russ Wolfinger (SAS JMP) (USA)





FDA/NCTR-MAQC 2022 Conference: Sept 26-27, 2022

(5th annual meeting of the MAQC Society)
U.S. FDA Headquarters, White Oak Campus, Silver Spring MD

Conference videos from 2022 have been made available to MAQC Society members via email. Please contact us if you have not received a link and password to the 2022 conference videos. 


COVID policy: The FDA/NCTR-MAQC 2022 Conference will be following the safety standards of both our venue (FDA) and any local or state guidelines.

Currently the FDA Office of Security and Emergency Management COVID-19 Safety Requirements for FDA Visitors and Contractors no longer include a Certification of Vaccination Form or a proof of a negative COVID-19 test when entering FDA facilities. If this standard evolves, the MAQC Society Annual Meeting policy will evolve to meet it. Please see here for more info: Public Meetings at the FDA White Oak Campus | FDA

Hotels located within six miles of the US FDA White Oak Conference Center are listed below. Please book directly through the hotel, we do not have an official conference hotel.

2019 MAQC Society 3rd Annual Meeting

April 8-10, Riva Del Garda Congress Centre, Trientino, Italy

2018 MAQC Society 2nd Annual Meeting

Feb. 24-27, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. 


2017 MAQC Society 1st Annual Meeting

Reproducible genomics. April 12, SAS Institute, North Carolina, United States.