BIDS-BCHSI Research Xchange Forum -- Medical Imaging in Oncology

BIDS-BCHSI Research Xchange Forum 
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM Pacific Time
Location: Virtual Participation 
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12:30-12:50 PM  Research Talk Elizabeth Smith, 2020-2022 I4H Fellow

12:50-01:10 PM  Research Talk Reza Eghbali, 2020-2022 I4H Fellow

01:10-01:30 PM  Q&A

Elizabeth Smith's Title: Scaling the Impact of PSMA-PET in Clinical Decision Making

ABSTRACT:  Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and third-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States. In December 2020, the FDA granted approval to UCSF and UCLA for the use of 68Ga-PSMA-11, a positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracer that specifically labels prostate cancer cells, based on clinical trials that demonstrated improved sensitivity for detecting cancerous lesions compared with the current standard of care. Elizabeth will present progress towards building an Artificial Intelligence-based tool to standardize interpretation and minimize interobserver variability of 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET reconstructions. 

Reza Eghbali's Title: A Treatment Recommendation System for CNS Lymphoma

ABSTRACT:  CNS lymphoma is a non-systematic variant of lymphoma that involves the central nervous system. There are multiple treatment options for CNS lymphoma and substantial variation of treatment choice in clinical practice. Our goal is to develop a system for assessing each treatment based on imaging and clinical biomarkers that can assist physicians in choosing the best treatment for the patient with an eye towards the development of tools that can be useful for other neurological conditions. These tools include a system for longitudinal MRI analysis of brain tumors which is also of value for many other conditions such as low-grade glioma, glioblastoma, etc. In this talk, we present our preliminary results based on the analysis of the data extracted from the medical records and MR imaging of CNS lymphoma patients.

The BIDS-BCHSI Research Xchange Forum is an open discussion platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and research projects at the intersection of healthcare and data science. Participants are invited to engage in a variety of activities, including presentations of work-in-progress, discussions and critiques of recent papers and AI methods in healthcare, introductions to new tools and methods, and opportunities to foster new collaborations. Invited speakers include leading voices in AI and Healthcare, and active conversations invite participants to share fresh perspectives. Clinicians and physicians with an interest in data science methods and tools, as well as data science faculty and researchers with applications or interests in the healthcare and health sciences, are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Regular participants will also include the I4H Fellows, as well as post-docs, staff, and faculty from UC Berkeley, UCSF, and Johnson & Johnson. The immediate goals of this Forum are to share our current research projects with a wider audience, and to increase engagement and improve communication among the three host organizations. Meetings will be held virtually on the first Tuesday of each month at 12:30-1:30 PM Pacific Time, and interested members of the UC Berkeley, UCSF, and Johnson & Johnson communities are invited to sign up for our mailing list to receive upcoming individual webinars.  Please contact for more information.


Elizabeth Smith
UC Berkeley, UCSF
Reza Eghbali
UC Berkeley, UCSF
June 1, 2021
12:30-1:30 PM PDT
Virtual Participation


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