Dr. Amber Simpson named Director of Human Mobility Research Centre at Queen’s University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Posted on October 07, 2020

Dr. Amber Simpson has been named Director of the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC), a partnership between Queen's University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).

Her appointment was made on the recommendation of Queen's Deans Jane Philpott, Kevin Deluzio, and Barbara Crow, along with Queen's Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and KHSC President and CEO Dr. David Pichora. Her appointment came into effect September 1 and is for a five-year term.

The HMRC serves as a nexus of collaborative research endeavours and spans the disciplines of medicine, engineering, health sciences, and humanities. Located within KHSC's facilities, HMRC provides shared research space and services to clinicians, university faculty members, trainees, and industry members, which uniquely positions the centre for innovation-driven research.

Amber SimpsonDr. Simpson received her B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems and Mathematics at Trent University in 2000. She earned her M.Sc. in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2010, both at Queen’s University. She has held appointments at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y., and Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University, also in New York City.

Dr. Simpson joined Queen’s University in 2019 as a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Biomedical Computing and Informatics and Associate Professor, School of Computing and Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, with a cross appointment to the Department of Medicine. She is a Senior Investigator for the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, and an Affiliate Member for the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto.

Dr. Simpson brings extensive experience in collaborative research to her role. Working with cross-disciplinary teams, Dr. Simpson has contributed to more than 85 publications in machine learning, biomedical data science, and medical image analysis. She specializes in developing novel computational strategies for improving human health.

She currently holds substantial grant funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Canadian Foundation for Innovation for developing imaging and integrated computational modeling of multi-scale biomedical data. Her work has been recognized by the American Association of Cancer Research and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She was recently appointed by the Director of National Institutes of Health as a chartered member of study section, reflecting both her high-quality academic work and commitment to biomedical research.

Queen's Deans Philpott, Deluzio, and Crow, along with KHSC President and CEO Dr. Pichora, are confident that the multi-disciplinary, collaborative teams at HMRC will greatly benefit from the expertise that Dr. Simpson brings to the role of Director. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Simpson on her appointment.