Collaborating Authors


Can Watson, the Jeopardy champion, solve Parkinson's? Toronto Star


Of course this is the Watson that was built by IBM to understand answers on Jeopardy and come up with the right questions. Since his appearance on the game show in 2011, IBM has expanded Watson's talents, building on the algorithms that allow him to read and derive meaning from natural language. And among other functions, IBM adapted Watson for use in medicine. Toronto Western, part of the University Health Network, is the first hospital in Canada to use Watson for research in Parkinson's, a neurological disorder. The centre has a track record of running clinical trials for off-label drug use, which means taking a drug approved for treatment of one condition and repurposing it for another.