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NIH to host workshop on using artificial intelligence and machine learning to advance biomedical research

Experts from organizations including IBM, Amazon and MIT will discuss the application of these emerging technologies.



Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are accelerating the capabilities and possibilities for a range of industries, including biomedical research and healthcare delivery. Current and potential applications of AI/ML to scientific research are anticipated to speed clinical diagnosis, treatment, and therapies. To explore these opportunities, the National Institutes of Health is hosting a full-day public workshop, Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Advance Biomedical Research. The workshop will feature leading experts from Amazon and IBM, and scientists from the NIH Clinical Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Cincinnati who are employing AI/ML in biomedical research settings. Craig Mundie, who served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and was formerly Microsoft’s Chief Research Strategy Officer, will deliver the keynote address.

Research areas expected to benefit from AI include medical imaging analyses, diagnostics, genomics, vaccine design, large-scale integrative analysis of data, healthcare analytics, precision medicine, and public health, among others. Speakers will present on topics such as integration of AI/ML into healthcare, using AI/ML in biomedical research in the future and in what capacities, the potential for AI/ML to enhance clinical care and scientific discovery, and ethical considerations.


Monday, July 23, 2018, 8:45 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. EDT


John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35, Room 620 on the NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Maryland. Information on visiting Porter can be found here. The summit will also be available to view online via live videocast at:

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

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