Therapeutic Area

Cognitive health care in 2027


The primary focus of these initiatives is on health care providers, helping them develop treatment approaches that are most effective for individual patients. One consortium of hospitals, researchers, and a startup, for example, is conducting "Project Survival" to identify effective biomarkers for pancreatic cancer.3 In other firms, real-world data sources are being used to identify molecules that might be particularly effective (or ineffective) in clinical trials. Another long-term challenge to be addressed by the life sciences and health care industry is collaboration and integration of data. Project Survival, for example--an effort to find a pancreatic cancer biomarker--involves collaboration among a big data drug development startup (Berg Health), an academic medical center (Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston), a nonprofit (Cancer Research and Biostatistics), and a network of oncology clinicians and researchers (the Pancreatic Research Team).

AI could spot Alzheimer's in MRI scans up to a decade before symptoms show


The AI was trained to correctly spot the difference between diseased and healthy brains, before being tested on its accuracy abilities on a second set of 148 scans – 52 of which were healthy, 48 had Alzheimer's and the other 48 had a mild cognitive impairment that was known to develop into Alzheimer's within 10 years. The algorithm correctly distinguished between healthy and diseased brains 86% of the time, according to the researchers, who added that it was also able to spot the difference between a healthy brain and a mild impairment with an 84% accuracy rating. Last month mobile game Sea Hero Quest – which uses navigation challenges to gather data about spatial movement as part of research into the disease – was expanded to virtual reality for the first time. The game sets users navigation challenges, and they can opt-in to share their data with the researchers behind the game, who can use player performance data to plot spatial navigation skills of different ages groups and genders.

Can Your Smartphone Read Your Mind?


One oft-cited solution to the big data challenge of digital mental health data is to use artificial intelligence approaches like deep learning to help make sense of the raw data. Deep learning is the art and science of building enormous computer models--neural networks--that can be used to predict, classify, edit, describe, and create videos, images, and text. Artificial intelligence programs still struggle with cancer diagnoses, even when complete medical records are available and even with medical knowledge of that cancer well characterized at the genetic level. Creating meaningful categories of mental illnesses is complex, making it difficult to create or train diagnostic algorithms.

Ginni Rometty on the End of Programming


Machines would look at data, understand, reason over it, and they continue to learn: understand, reason and learn, not program, in my simple definition. There would be two big differences between business and consumer AI. It leads me to the second big difference between consumer and business AI. That gives you a long, long, long answer, but this is why I'm so positive this world will have more really tough problems solved with AI.

Sensitive robots can tell your gender from a handshake

Daily Mail

First results show a robot is capable of inferring someone's gender and personality in 75 per cent of cases simply by shaking hands (stock image) First results show that a robot is capable of inferring someone's gender and personality in 75 per cent of cases simply by shaking hands. The ENSTA research team have developed robots that can detect emotions and change their behaviour accordingly. The ENSTA robots detect emotions and change their behaviour accordingly. First results show a robot is capable of inferring someone's gender and personality in 75 per cent of cases simply by shaking hands.

Predicting The EdTech Trends Of 2017


'I think we'll see an increased use of online, cloud-based platforms at schools' says Geoff Stead. It's perhaps for this reason that 75% of educators surveyed believe that digital learning content will replace the printed textbook within the next 10 years, according to Deloitte's 2016 Digital Education Survey. Machine Learning for Greater Personalisation'We will see more personalised adaptive learning powered by machine learning' says Priya Lakhani'We will see more machine learning, adaptive learning and cognitive platforms supporting autism' says Alan Greenburg, who references the work of Professor Simon Barron-Cohen from Cambridge University and The Autism Research Trust. Many hope that 2017 will see a wider use of mental health chatbots, such as Facebook Messenger's Joy.

AI Can Detect Signs Of Alzheimer's Years Before Symptoms Develop


Now, researchers are using AI scans to detect Alzheimer's almost a decade earlier than doctors making a diagnosis based on symptoms alone. In a study, published earlier this month, researchers developed a machine-learning algorithm to detect Alzheimer's in brain scans 86 percent of the time. Nicola Amoroso, Marianna La Rocco, and colleagues from the University of Bari, Italy, taught AI software to tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy brains using MRI scans from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. The researchers discovered that the algorithm was most effective at analyzing brain regions of 2,250 to 3,200 cubic millimeters – which just so happens to be the same size as anatomical structures associated with the disease (e.g.

What a New Theory on Memory Formation Means for Machine Learning


HHMI's researchers have identified a new memory and learning mechanism that they called "behavioral time scale synaptic plasticity" (BTSP). Discoveries in neuroscience could be applied to the construction of advanced artificial neural networks, with the possibility of learning, growing, and adapting. Billions of neurons, each connected to other neurons, form a neural machine made of billions of synaptic connections allowing us to form memories, to perceive reality, to predict, to decide, and to act. And an artificial neuronal network with this property and these capabilities could approach the true "unsupervised" AI with human-like intelligence that we mentioned earlier.

Automate This! Could autonomous robots put surgeons and pharmacists out of a job?


The treatment plan that helped Krista Jones beat a rare form of cancer was developed using machine learning algorithms and big data. Today's most commonly-used surgical robot, the da Vinci system, is operated by a human surgeon through a console. By eliminating the risk of human error, Kim argues that autonomous surgical robots could dramatically decrease the risk of medical complications. But not everyone is convinced that existing surgical robots, including the popular da Vinci system, have proven their worth -- including Marty Makary, a surgical oncologist at Johns Hopkins.

The Key to Reducing Doctors' Misdiagnoses


"Knowledge from systematically analyzing missed opportunities in correct or timely diagnosis will inform improvements and create a learning health system for diagnosis," Dr. Singh says. The network, known as Pride, short for Primary Care Research in Diagnostic Errors, plans to identify, analyze and classify diagnostic errors and delays with the help of electronic medical records, to develop and share interventions that can overcome diagnostic errors and delays, especially in primary care. It also plans to help doctors avoid ordering unnecessary and wasteful tests by developing "principles of conservative diagnosis," says Gordon Schiff, associate director of Brigham and Women's division of general internal medicine and quality and safety director at Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care. In response, the project plans to develop and test "loop-closing" tools for electronically tracking doctors' recommendations of tests and procedures that aren't carried out.