BIDS-BCHSI Research Xchange Forum — Neurodegenerative Disease and Dementia

BIDS-BCHSI Research Xchange Forum 
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021 
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM Pacific Time
Location: Virtual Participation 
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1230-1:30 PM  Research Talk Lowry Kirkby, 2019-2021 I4H Fellow. 

TITLE: Using a Biomedical Knowledge Graph for Medical Diagnosis Prediction  

ABSTRACT:  Neurodegenerative diseases and dementias are heterogeneous in their underlying brain dysfunction and symptomatic experience, however, objective methods for subtyping these complex disorders are lacking. As such, patients often receive a catch-all diagnosis and undergo a trial-and-error approach to symptom management, which can result in chronic disability and long-term suffering. Through the Innovate for Health Fellowship, Dr. Kirkby is developing an analytic framework for patient stratification and early dementia risk prediction by leveraging a Biomedical Knowledge Graph that is currently in development by researchers at UCSF. The Knowledge Graph incorporates information across multiple biological scales, including diseases, genes, proteins, anatomy, medications, and side effects. Combining this relational knowledge with data from patients’ Electronic Health Records offers the potential to uncover unique patient-specific signatures of disease and risk, which in turn may improve early disease detection and diagnosis.


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 Monday 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.


Lowry Kirkby
UC Berkeley, UCSF
February 1, 2021
12:30-1:30 PM PST
Virtual Participation


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