How are Data Science & AI Changing the Future of Biomedical Research?
Please join us for the Informatics Institute PowerTalk Special Seminar Series!
“Lessons from COVID-19: How Are Data Science and AI Changing Future Biomedical Research?”
Jake Chen, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics and Computer Science
Associate Director of Informatics Institute
Chief Bioinformatics Officer
UAB School of Medicine
Abstract: COVID-19 has profoundly impacted all our lives. Not all such impacts in science are negative. For example, how we adapt to online learning, remote mentorship, and online teamwork may become new “norms” of future scientific collaborations, breaking down institutional boundaries to communication. The COVID-19 pandemic has united the scientific community more than ever, through more than 3600 clinical trials, 60,000 peer-reviewed publications, 80,000 SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, 100,000 COVID-19 open software tools, and a global community of scientists, with which all of us are working hard to find epidemiological patterns, diagnosis, therapeutics, and vaccines in a “War Against COVID-19”. In this talk, I will define and characterize data-driven medicine primarily through my personal journey in the past ten months, having witnessed the rapid “weaponizing of data science tools” in our community’s fight against COVID-19 (including ours, at http://covid19.ubrite.org/). I will review up-to-date COVID-19 literature, especially those related to how biomedical informatics, data science, and artificial intelligence have been applied in accelerating COVID-19 breakthrough discoveries, from basic research to clinical practice. I will end by sharing my thoughts on how the future of medicine in cancer and other translational areas can benefit from the proactive incorporation of new “data science engines”.