Fernando Sanchez

Chair of Health Informatics


Fernando Martin Sanchez holds PhDs in Informatics (Artificial Intelligence) and in Medicine (Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease); an MSc in Knowledge Engineering and a BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is The University of Melbourne's Chair of Health Informatics and the inaugural Director of the University's Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC). He has worked in the Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering between Emory University Hospital and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta USA, and in the National Institute of Health Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, where he was the CIO and then Founding Director of the Medical Bioinformatics Research Unit. He has served as a Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded by some 30 grants from the European Commission, the Spanish Ministries of Health, Science and Defense and the Australian NHMRC, Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) and Department of Health and Ageing. His research interests cover a wide range of topics related to the role of informatics in translational research (data linkage and integration), precision medicine (genome and exposome data processing), participatory health and active ageing (social media, quantified-self, mobile apps).