Research Advisors

Marc D. Natter, MD, is a Pediatric Rheumatologist at Tufts Medical Center and Staff Scientist at Boston Children's Hospital in the Intelligent Health Lab, Children's Hospital Informatics Program. Dr. Natter's research focuses on the development of modular, extensible mechanisms for collecting and sharing clinical research data. He has developed self-scaling, clinical registry technology based upon the open source i2b2 data warehouse infrastructure (i2b2-SSR) in wide usage and systems that incorporate use of personally-controlled electronic health records (PCHR) for patient-reported outcomes and sharing of research data directly with patients. In his role as technical advisor to the M-CM Network, Dr. Natter is helping guide efforts to develop the Indivo X PCHR as a multi-stakeholder, patient and family centric clinical data repository for advancing research in M-CM and related conditions.

Luis Ibáñez Ph.D., is a Technical Leader at Kitware, and is Director of Science and IP at the Open Source EHR Agent (OSEHRA).  He is an open source and open science advocate and teaches a course on Open Source Software Practices at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Luis is one of the principal developers of the Insight Toolkit (ITK), coordinating its maintenance with other developers and the user community. He is also one of the main developers of the Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK), and participated in crafting the operational principles of the Insight Journal, where articles on medical imaging are published following principles of Open Science and reproducibility verification. Luis has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2003. As Director of Science and IP at OSEHRA, he is contributing to the efforts for building a large-scale community around the  Open Source  EHR.

Luis received his B.S. in Physics from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (Bucaramanga, Colombia) in 1989 and his M.S. in Optics from the same university in 1994. He received a D.E.A and Ph.D. degrees from the Universite de Rennes I (Rennes, France) in 1995 and 2000, respectively. In 1999, Luis Ibáñez joined the Division of Neurosurgery of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Research Assistant Professor, and participated as a member of the MIDAG and CADDLab groups.