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What if you could take years of data mining expertise in the financial services and retail industry and apply it to saving babies? That’s exactly what Carolyn McGregor, PhD, did when she left a career at one of Australia’s top banks to lead the research and development of a new data analytics platform in the neonatal care department at the University of Western Sydney. Today, as Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, Dr. McGregor’s research is pioneering new ways for neonatal health experts to monitor and care for their patients. Collecting vast amounts of patient data including heart and respiratory rates, Dr. McGregor’s approach to data management means 24-hour monitoring capabilities that can capture even the slightest abnormalities. From a young age, Dr. McGregor’s fascination with numbers and eventual pursuit of a computer science degree, led her to recognize the secret to managing ‘Big Data’ was building the right infrastructure. The system Dr. McGregor and her research team developed produces over 1,200 points of data per second. Multiply that with a growing database of patients, and it’s easy to see the incredible volume and wealth of insight now readily available. In addition to providing real-time monitoring tools, Dr. McGregor’s research is also changing the way doctors are educated. With an expanding database of patients with varying conditions, Dr. McGregor’s research makes it possible for doctors to dive deeply into specific aliments and make connection to insights that were previously unavailable. In addition to the impact Dr. McGregor’s research is having on the health care of premature babies, other intensive care departments are recognizing the profound impact data management can have, particularly where real-time, continuous monitoring is critical to patient care. Internationally recognized as a thought leader in data management, Dr. McGregor’s expertise is being sought beyond the medical community. She was approached by the Canadian Space Agency to apply her learning to monitoring the heart rates of astronauts participating in the planned mission to Mars.

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Expertise


2015 Advance Global Australian Award

September 14, 2015

Recipient of the 2015 Advance Global Australian Award for Technology Innovation, Australian-born Dr. McGregor is recognized for making remarkable contributions to her field while living abroad.

IBM Centenary Video

June 14, 2011

Selected as one of only four people who were featured in the video as significant innovators of the century of IBM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksQrJh7s7N0

Ingenious Award by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) for the not-for-profit category

November 28, 2013

Artemis project awarded the Ingenious award

UOIT Research Excellence Award

January 1, 2010

Awarded UOIT Research Excellence Award – Early Stage Researcher

The Chancellors Award for PhD Dissertation

January 1, 2003

Finalist for the Chancellors Award for PhD Dissertation

University of Technology, Sydney

1991
B. App.Sc - Computer Science
(Comp, Sc,1st Hons) Graduated 2nd in year.

University of Technology, Sydney

2003
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Computer Science
Finalist, The Chancellors Award for PhD Dissertation
  • Big Data Analytics for Stimulation and Response Models in Gaming and Virtual Training Simulations

    $25,000  | January 1, 2014

    Awarded by: NSERC Engage
    McGregor, C

  • The Artemis Project IV

    $150,000  | January 4, 2013

    Awarded by: Sick Kids Foundation
    James, A., McGregor, C. 2013-2014

  • Online Health Analytics through Cloud Computing for Improved Critical Care

    $120,000  | March 6, 2013

    Awarded by: Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) Consortium
    McGregor, C. 2013-2015

  • The Artemis Project III

    $166,000  | January 12, 2012

    Awarded by: Sick Kids Foundation
    James, A., McGregor, C. 2012-2013

  • Artemis Clinical Decision Support System

    $123,916  | January 10, 2012

    Awarded by: Ontario Centres of Excellence, Market Readiness 2B
    McGregor, C., Dulhanty, A, Eklund, M 2012-2013

  • Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics - Renewal

    $500,000  | October 1, 2011

    Awarded by: Canada Research Chairs Program, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    McGregor, C. 2012-2017

  • Improving Neonatal Care through Real Time Analysis

    $315,186  | September 1, 2010

    Awarded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Operating Grant competition
    McGregor, C., James, A 2011-2013

  • Artemis: The Business

    $50,000  | January 4, 2011

    Awarded by: Ontario Centres of Excellence, Market Readiness 2A
    McGregor, C., Dulhanty, A 2011-2012

  • The Artemis Project II

    $150,000  | December 31, 2010

    Awarded by: Sick Kids Foundation
    James, A., McGregor, C 2011-2012

  • CIHR NSFC Team in Neonatal Clinical Decision Support

    $150,000  | January 20, 2011

    Awarded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Other: China Canada Grant competition
    McGregor, C., James, A., Lee, S. 2011-2013

  • University of Technology, Sydney

  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services and Providence Care

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology

  • The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Involvement


  • Media appearances

    UOIT-led Artemis Project gets support from TD Bank fundraiser: media appearance byCarolyn McGregor, PhD

    UOIT-led Artemis Project gets support from TD Bank fundraiser
    UOIT online

    November 20, 2013

    For the fourth straight year, the pioneering research work of Dr. Carolyn McGregor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) has received a significant boost through a donation by TD Bank.

    Early Warning For Preemies
    ARTE film online

    February 4, 2014

    2014 Feb

    Rise of the Machines
    CNBC tv

    September 1, 2013

    CNBC’s “Rise of the Machines” shows you how a new generation of connected machines can now speak to us, and each other.

    Science Club Story
    BBC UK tv

    August 6, 2013

    Science

    The National TV Show
    CBC tv

    June 1, 2013

    CBC

    We seek but we don’t always find
    Backbone Magazine print

    December 6, 2012

    pp16-17

    Women We Admire
    Australia Women’s Weekly print

    March 1, 2013

    p27

    New monitors help physicians, even in rural areas, treat premature babies with weak immune systems
    Globe and Mail print

    August 12, 2012

    print

    Data Analytics Driving Medical Breakthroughs
    Computerworld online

    April 1, 2012

    computerworld

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