Friday, December 2, 2016

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: Dec 2, 2016

Present:   Marianne Burke, Juvena Hitt, Kairn Kelley, Mike LaMantia, Ben Littenberg, Gail Rose, Liliane Savard, Connie van Eeghen

Start Up:  (Not sure… wasn’t there in time!)

1.                   Book Club: Weapons of Mass Destruction, Cathy O’Neil 
a.       Well-supported criticisms; not so well-supported solutions
b.       Prescient, with respect to the use of big data models and the experience of the past election season
c.       How does this relate to our work?
                                                   i.      Identifying a group of people (e.g. high volume consumers of alcohol) can be used by health care providers to aid those in need… and by insurers to restrict coverage
d.       Mediating alternatives
                                                   i.      Require individual oath-taking/personal responsibility
                                                 ii.      Develop methods of identifying bias
                                               iii.      Establish consequences to “crossing the line,” such as civil court or class-action remedy
                                               iv.      Re-engineer algorithms so that they are:
1.       Transparent: the features of the algorithm are packaged in a message that is delivered to each case (person) whenever the algorithm is run, including how that case came to be included in the algorithm
2.       Feedback of success/failure: study false positives, build in feedback either through the algorithm or the system in which it is used
3.       Does not increase harm or decrease benefit, thereby intensifying the categorization that again increases harm/decreases benefit
4.       Not scaled until tested

2.                   Spring Semester schedule: No change; keep to Fridays, 2p – 3:15p.  Let Kairn, Marianne, or Connie know if this presents a problem for you.

3.                   Next Workshop Meeting(s): Fridays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., at Given Courtyard South Level 4 until end of Dec.   
a.       Dec 9: Marianne’s data
b.       Dec 16: Nancy Gell’s manuscript
c.       Jan 6: Kairn (no Connie, Marianne)
d.       Jan 13: CvE manuscript review
e.       Future topics:
a.       Juvena: protocol development
b.       LaMantia: predictors of successful R01 applications:

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

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