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Data for sustainable health development: the example of digital pathology and Artificial Intelligenc

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 Invite to CLASS Seminar given by Profs. Kurt Zatloukal, Rainer Fischer, and Kenneth Fleming

2 April 2019, 12-13:00, Conway Lecture Theatre



The United Nations have set out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an ambitious agenda to transform the world by 2015 (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/). Many of these goals are highly relevant for UCD, especially Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing. This seminar will feature three short  talks on how pathology and AI can contribute to Goal 3, followed by a discussion how UCD and Ireland can get involved in this agenda. The seminar marks the recent signature of a cooperation agreement between UCD and the Medical University Graz (MUG), Austria, which includes the joint promotion of the SDGs.


Prof Kurt Zatloukal of the Medical University Graz (MUG), Austria, will address the contribution of data to achieving SDG Goal 3. The enormous advances in genome sequencing and imaging are producing a wealth of data on an unprecedented scale.  Using digital pathology and AI as example Kurt will discuss how can we best use these data to enable better diagnostics and better treatments. He also will address what changes in health care systems are necessary to ensure access to and sustainability of these new services.


Prof Rainer Fischer of The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), USA, will outline the ways in which real-world data can be used to drive research, focusing on some of the IBRI’s early successes in accessing and transforming electronic health records to enable discovery research including the understanding of disease progression, medication pathways, patient stratification, and predictive models.  The IBRI is an applied research institute that brings academic and industry researchers together in a joint mission is to understand and combat the growing worldwide threat of cardio-metabolic diseases by exploring links with nutrition and societal factors.


Prof Kenneth Fleming, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, UK will address how diagnosis is essential to achieving the health-related SDGs, and what capacities will be needed in terms of skills and human capital.

We plan to organise a round table discussion in the afternoon to discuss how we can promote the achievement of SDG 3 , especially how UCD and MUG can cooperate in this respect, with a view to present an emerging agenda to the United Nations. If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please email sbiadmin@ucd.ie  


For further Information:

Walter Kolch

Systems Biology Ireland & Conway Institute

University College Dublin, Ireland

Phone +353-1-716 6303

Email: walter.kolch@ucd.ie



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