The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) is presenting its Mentor Award for 2018 to Shannon K. McWeeney, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics, head of the Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and vice chair in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. The Mentor Award is presented to an Oregonian who has provided outstanding leadership and support of health research, education or the advancement of health care.
Dr. McWeeney also serves as the director of translational bioinformatics for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), which is OHSU’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. OHSU was among the first 12 CTSA centers funded in 2006 and has been funded continuously since then. The Translational Bioinformatics program is focused on development and application of statistical and computational methodologies to solve research “bottlenecks,” as well as regional and inter-CTSA program development and training. In 2009, Dr. McWeeney was recognized by OHSU as a recipient of the Chair’s Award for Research. Nationally, in 2010, she was selected as a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and in 2016, she served on the Enhanced Data Sharing working group for the NCI Blue Ribbon Program for the White House Moonshot Initiative.
This award honors Dr. McWeeney’s long-time, ongoing commitment to mentoring and career development. She serves as the associate director for computational biomedicine for the DMICE National Library of Medicine-sponsored T15 pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training grant. In addition, she has mentored master’s, Ph.D., and M.D./Ph.D. students; postdoctoral fellows, junior clinical scientists; and assistant and associate professors during her time at OHSU. She has been continually recognized by OHSU for her contributions to education, teaching and mentoring (Faculty Excellence in Education award in 2010; Teaching Excellence in Graduate Education awards in 2012 and 2017). With respect to training faculty, staff and students in analytics, data science and data stewardship, she served as principal investigator (in a multiple PI mechanism) on two National Institutes of Health-sponsored Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) grants focused on developing and disseminating both open educational analytics and data science resources, as well as an OHSU Informatics Analytics BD2K Skill Course to enable researchers and students to gain crucial analytics and data skills and competencies as part of the Big Data to Knowledge initiative. She also served on the EDC Oceans of Data Big Data Skills Profiling panel, a national panel with representatives from Microsoft, Google, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, among others, to develop an educational profile for big data-enabled workforce training. She is currently the education lead for the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences-funded National Center for Data to Health (CD2H).
Dr. McWeeney is the second DMICE faculty member to win the MRF Mentor Award since selections began in 1986. Cynthia D. Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor, was the first in 2004. The ceremony will be held later this fall.