Singapore opens research center to advance biomedical research using data analysis and AI

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The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) has opened a research center that will use data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to develop super-algorithms that predict and personalize treatment in areas like mental health .

The Biomedical Informatics Center will use its expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to identify trends, patterns and anomalies in data to derive insights that help researchers and clinicians make more informed decisions, potentially leading to new discoveries and the development of more powerful ones Methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

The centre’s projects include an ongoing collaboration with the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to better understand and predict the course of mental illness in adolescents using data analysis and AI techniques.

The center is also working with the IMH to develop algorithms that predict whether patients are at risk of developing psychosis and other mental disorders based on their speech patterns. The center will draw on the expertise of 15 researchers specializing in biodata science, computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

By applying advanced neural networks (a machine learning technique), the team will analyze and integrate a wide range of data, including clinical, behavioral and rich molecular data, to understand how seemingly disparate data are related and interconnected. Such an approach opens doors for new discoveries of new biomarkers and risk factors for mental health screening.

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