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2022 Scientific Computing Days
September 7 - 8, 2022


September 7 - 8, 2022
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2022 Scientific Computing Days
Celebrating 10 years: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Scientific Computing: In the Field, Around the World, and On The Edge

Event Dates
September 7, 2022 (9:00AM – 4:30PM ET) * VIRTUAL
September 8, 2022 (9:00AM – 4:30PM ET) * VIRTUAL
September 8, 2022 (4:30PM – 6:00PM ET) * HYBRID
(Hybrid: virtual and in-person attendance)

FDA Scientific Computing Board (SCB)
Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)
Office of the Commissioner (OC)

Steve Condrey, MPS (ORA)
Tyler Peryea (OC)

The FDA Scientific Computing Board is a group of scientists and IT specialists at FDA who advocate for scientific computing needs, and requirements to advance FDA’s scientific and regulatory mission. The 10th annual Scientific Computing Days symposium is a conference promoting the latest advances in scientific computing technologies. This year’s theme is “Scientific Computing: In the Field, Around the World, and On the Edge.” The event’s goal is to help FDA improve the application of technology and scientific computing in support of the FDA’s public health mission.


Day 1: September 7, 2022
Time (EDT)      
9:00AM – 9:10AM Steve Condrey, MPS

Steve Condrey, MPS
SCD Co-chair

Day 1 - Welcome
Steve Condrey, MPS is a program analyst in the Office of Quality Management Systems, Office of Regulatory Affairs. Steve has been with the FDA since 1994, starting as a Consumer Safety Technician in Los Angeles District. Steve was an Import Operations Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) from 2002-2012 before becoming a Quality System Manager. He has worked with programmatic data since 1996, performing analyses of Freedom of Information requests, recall audits, inspectional hours, compliance branch case activity, import entry reviews, cost of poor quality related to improper sample transport, and cost savings related to remote auditing activities. In 2019, he joined the staff of OQMS where he worked with the Document Control, Audit, and QMS Training teams. Steve has worked with R and Python since 2017 and has recently learned statistical processing for the social sciences, an IBM branded statistical analysis software. Steve is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, and American Statistical Association (ASA) Graduate Statistician.
9:10AM – 9:20AM Robert Califf, MD

Robert Califf, MD

Opening Remarks
Dr. Robert M. Califf was confirmed earlier this year as the 25th Commissioner of Food and Drugs. He also served in 2016 as the 22nd Commissioner, and immediately prior to that as the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco. He has spent a good portion of his career affiliated with Duke University, where he served as a professor of medicine and vice chancellor for clinical and translational research, director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, and was the founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He has had a long and distinguished career as a physician, researcher, and leader in the fields of science and medicine. He is a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes research, health care quality, and clinical research, and a leader in the growing field of translational research, which is key to ensuring that advances in science translate into medical care.
9:20AM – 9:30AM Mark Walderhaug, PhD

Mark Walderhaug, PhD
Associate Office Director
Office of Biostatistics and Pharmacovigilance

Scientific Computing Days: Celebrating 10 Years
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Mark Walderhaug, PhD is a microbiologist in FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). He received his PhD from Vanderbilt University’s Department of Physiology in the School of Medicine. He works in the Office of Biostatistics and Pharmacovigilance where he is the Associate Office Director for Risk Assessment. He is currently working on supporting the CBER computational resources in the development of high-performance computing solutions that protect and promote health. He is a member of CBER’s Computational Science Review Committee, and CBER’s Scientific Computing Subcommittee. He is an advisor to FDA’s Scientific Computing Board and to FDA’s High Performance Computing Governance Advisory Board.
  Hesha Duggirala

Hesha J. Duggirala, PhD, MPH

Scientific Computing Days: Celebrating 10 Years
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Hesha J. Duggirala, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). She received her Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in epidemiology from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Duggirala joined FDA in 2001 as an epidemiologist in the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. In 2007, she co-founded, and continues to chair, the FDA Data Science Council (formerly Data Mining Council). This group advises and provides support to data mining programs across the Agency. She was the lead author of the Council’s seminal white paper on data mining at the FDA. Dr. Duggirala currently serves as an epidemiologist in CVM’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance where she provides epidemiologic support to various groups across CVM as well as developing a framework for the Center’s big data analytics programs.
9:30AM – 10:10AM Meghan Fetterly

Meghan Fetterly
Branch Chief
Division of Import Operations
Import Technical Assistance Branch

Analytical Methods for a Risk Based Approach
Meghan Fetterly is a Branch Chief with the Division of Import Operations, Import Technical Assistance Branch providing technical assistance both internally to field staff and externally to brokers and trade partners within the FDA import program. Prior to her current position, Ms. Fetterly was a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer and Consumer Safety Officer handling import operations at the headquarter and field level.
  Lija V. Fellows

Lija V. Fellows
Consumer Safety Officer

Analytical Methods for a Risk Based Approach
Ms. Lija Fellows is a Consumer Safety Officer with the Division of Operations, Import Program Development Branch working to develop and enhance import programs within FDA. Prior to her current position, Ms. Fellows was a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, Import Program Manager, Domestic Sample Monitor, Interstate Travel Program Monitor, and Consumer Safety Officer in the US Food and Drug Administration's San Francisco district office. In addition, Ms. Fellows was a member of the California Food Emergency Response Team (CalFERT).
10:10AM – 10:40AM Greg Corrado, PhD

Greg Corrado, PhD
Distinguished Scientist
Google Research

Modern Machine Learning in Medical Devices: Mechanisms, Challenges, and Opportunities
Greg Corrado is a Distinguished Scientist at Google Research. He joined Google to push the frontier of biologically inspired computing, and in 2011 he co-founded the Google Brain Team, which has helped to catalyze the broad adoption of deep neural networks across technology companies worldwide. Within Google, he spearheaded teams which applied deep learning to image recognition, machine translation, search ranking, text synthesis, advertising, and recommendation systems. As an academic, he has published in a wide array of fields ranging across behavioral economics, neuromorphic device physics, systems neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and scalable machine learning. Greg has a deep and abiding passion for applying Al for social good, and presently leads the Google's Health Al division, whose charter is to maximize the positive human impact of Al technologies in health.
10:40AM – 11:00AM David J. Lipman, MD

David J. Lipman, MD
Senior Science Advisor for Bioinformatics and Genomics

GenomeTrakr @10: Setting the principles and practices for a Global Digital Immune System
Before joining FDA/CFSAN in March 2021, Dr. Lipman worked at the National Institutes of Health for 36 years and served as the founding Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine/NIH. Under Dr. Lipman's leadership, NCBI created and managed a number of the most heavily used biomedical information resources including PubMed, PubMed Central, GenBank, SRA, and RefSeq. The Pathogen Detection team at NCBI also works closely with FDA on GenomeTrakr. Dr. Lipman's own research has focused on molecular evolution, molecular epidemiology, comparative genomics, and the development of computational tools including BLAST. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
11:00AM – 12:00PM Poster Session Top 5 Icon

Poster Session “Top 5”

12:00PM – 12:45PM Lunch Icon


12:45PM – 2:15PM Breakout Session

AI and Its Use in the 3Rs
Organizers: Donna Mendrick, PhD (FDA/NCTR),
Kevin Snyder (FDA/CDER)

There is a need to improve the assessment of toxicity and efficacy of FDA-regulated products and a movement to lessen the need for animals. It is hoped that artificial intelligence approaches can provide one tool that might help us accomplish these goals. This session will have presentations from FDA and EPA on research underway to investigate such approaches.
2:15PM – 2:30PM Break Icon


2:30PM – 4:30PM Breakout Session

Home on the OpenSource Range:
Empowering FDA scientists with OpenSource Tools
Organizers: Raju Rayavarapu, PhD (FDA/CTP),
Alexis Norris, PhD (FDA/CVM)

We begin the session with an overview of the agency’s diligent work to ensure that FDA scientists have the tools they need, when needed, to achieve the agency’s mission. The FDA continually improves its powerful stable of available OpenSource tools and engages with other health professionals by sharing its own internally developed software. This session will highlight four OpenSource tools that enable building new things that translate into solutions here at the FDA (R, checkmk, GitLab, openFDA). Deploying the tools requires significant infrastructure, and thus, the session includes a panel discussion with representatives of many FDA platforms. By leveraging OpenSource tools for development, collaboration, standardization, and infrastructure, the agency ensures that the best solutions are available without reinventing the wheel.
4:30PM – 4:35PM Steve Condrey, MPS

Steve Condrey, MPS
SCD Co-chair
Day 1 Closing

Day 2: September 8, 2022
Time (EDT)      
9:00AM – 9:10AM Tyler Peryea

Tyler Peryea
SCD Co-chair

Day 2 - Welcome
Tyler Peryea is a cheminformatician in the Health Informatics Staff, Office of Data, Analytics, & Research, Office of the Commissioner. He supports the Global Substance Registration System (GSRS) project which coordinates with all FDA centers to link common data together in a standardized and easy-to-use open-source framework for the Health Informatics Staff, Office of Data, Analytics, & Research, Office of the Commissioner. He has over 15 years of experience in software development, scientific data management, and general data science. Before joining the FDA, Tyler spent seven years at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NIH NCATS) serving as a mentor to six data science and software engineering students while developing a number of open-source software applications to include, but not limited to “InXight Drugs”, “GSRS”, “MolVec”, and “pharos.” He also served as a liaison for the “Biomedical Data Translator” project executing six hack-a-thons, resulting in dozens of high quality open-source tools and open datasets for distributing, interpreting and contextualizing scientific data.
9:10AM – 9:40AM Vid Desai

Vid Desai
Chief Information Officer

Modernization in Action
As the FDA's Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the Office of Digital Transformation (ODT), Mr. Desai sets and leads the agency's IT strategy, as well as the agency's enterprise IT, data management, and cybersecurity. The ODT oversees the overall FDA IT spend of more than $750M and a staff of around 2,500 employees and contractors. Vid is a seasoned technology leader with more than 30 years of experience in the IT field, and healthcare and life sciences industries. Vid has previous experience working for large pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and clinical research organizations (CRO), including Quintiles Transnational, where he served as executive director, Global IT Infrastructure.
9:40AM – 10:25AM Malin Fladvad

Malin Fladvad, PhD
Head of WHODrug Product Portfolio
Uppsala Monitoring Centre

ISO IDMP - Bringing the Global Identifiers to Life
Malin Fladvad is Head of WHODrug Product Portfolio at Uppsala monitoring Centre (UMC), managing WHODrug dictionaries that are used for identification of medicinal products in safety monitoring and engaging in various efforts for global implementation of the ISO standard for Medicinal Product Information (IDMP). Before joining UMC, Malin worked with quality of Biotherapeutic products at Octapharma in Stockholm. She earned her PhD in medical biophysics from Karolinska Institute, Sweden, focusing on structure and function of cancer inducing proteins.
10:25AM – 11:55AM Breakout Session

Agent Based Modeling in Regulatory Science and Regulatory Decision Making
Organizer: Tomas Drgon, PhD (FDA/ORA)

Agent Based Modeling is a dynamic modeling approach used to generate insight and to aid decision making in complex dynamic models such as supply chain dynamics, contagion and response to infectious disease outbreaks, urban planning, disaster logistics, and others. Cross-sectional, statistical, epidemiological, and time-series models often fail to accurately describe complex systems with networks of feedback loops and interdependencies. System Dynamics models, that take the feedback loops into consideration often require formalization of variable relationships into differential (difference) equations, which may introduce unwanted arbitrary decisions. Agent Based Modeling approaches these issues from the bottom, from the granular properties of individual agents/entities that make up the complex system. In this session we will introduce Agent Based Modeling with several examples in NetLogo (an open-source modeling platform), and present use cases of ABM approach in modeling of opioid epidemic, modeling of infectious agents’ dynamics in food and in agricultural animals. ABM as a modeling approach is applicable to the FDA relevant problematic as most regulatory approaches have a dynamic component. The ABM approaches are often computationally intensive and require scientific computing platforms and coding approaches.
11:55AM - 12:55PM Lunch Icon


12:55PM – 2:25PM Breakout Session

Leveraging Edges Using Interdisciplinary Omics
Organizers: Matt Hartog, PhD (FDA/CTP)

The continual development of increasingly powerful computational tools and models enabled the rapid evolution of Omics technologies. Omics-based research has played a key role in the advancement of public health through the progressive development of more sensitive analytical techniques and by providing critical data needed for the creation and refinement of computational models of complex biological processes. These models are necessary resources used in the evaluation of disease spread and prevalence, characterization of biomarkers and development of novel vaccines. This breakout session will provide a retrospective on the evolution of Omics technologies over the past 10 years, highlight key contributions of Omics-based research and its role in improving public health locally and globally, and provide a look over the horizon to its future as Omics technologies continue to evolve with scientific computing and computational approaches.
2:25PM – 2:40PM Break Icon


2:40PM – 4:10PM Breakout Session

A Collaborative and Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Advance Computing Methods
Organizers: Steve Condrey, MPS (FDA/ORA),
Christine Lee, PharmD, PhD (FDA/OC)

This session highlights efforts that leverage a collaborative, multisectoral and multidisciplinary approach to amplify efforts to advance computing methods. By combining expertise and resources, this session highlights examples of collaborations across scientific disciplines to increase the ability to answer bigger and more complex scientific question and expand the breadth of research and impact.
4:10PM – 4:30PM Closing Plenary & Award Ceremony Icon

Closing Plenary & Award Ceremony
Tyler Peryea, SCD Co-chair (FDA/ODT)
Steve Condrey, MPS, SCD Co-chair (FDA/ORA)

4:30PM – 6:00PM 10 Years Icon

Celebrating 10 Years with the FDA Scientific Computing Board

Tyler Peryea, SCD Co-chair (FDA/ODT)
Steve Condrey, MPS, SCD Co-chair (FDA/ORA)

Guest Speaker
ShaAvhrée Buckman-Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP (FDA/CDER)
Former SCB Co-chair

Guest Speaker
Errol Strain, PhD (FDA/CVM)
Former SCB Co-chair, SCB Advisor

Guest Speaker
Mark Walderhaug, PhD (FDA/CBER)
Former SCB Co-chair, SCB Advisor

Catherine Li, SCB Program Manager (FDA/CDER)
Jamie Pettengill, PhD, SCB Co-chair (FDA/CFSAN)
Raju Rayavarapu, PhD, SCB Co-chair (FDA/CTP)

*Pre-registration required for ONSITE attendance.
*MAX Capacity: 50


Event Materials

Title File Type/Size
2022 SCD Event Program pdf (7.21 MB)
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