The latest on Health Innovation from Taproot Edmonton
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 · By Catherine Griwkowsky

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UAlberta researchers marry AI-learning and psychiatry for schizophrenia diagnosis

Research out of Edmonton published in Nature could pave the way for an objective diagnosis of schizophrenia using machine learning.

The research team from the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) created a model called Ensemble algorithm with Multiple Parcellations for Schizophrenia prediction, or EMPaSchiz for short (read as ‘emphasis’). The study found an 87 percent accuracy in diagnosis, compared to the baseline of 53 percent when left to chance.

The University of Alberta researchers also believe their model is the first to be tested in patients using only data from patients who haven’t used antipsychotic medication before.

Sunil Kalmady, lead author on the study, worked on the tool under the supervision of both Russ Greiner, professor in the Department of Computing Science, and Andrew Greenshaw, professor and associate chair in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry’s Department of Psychiatry.

Photo courtesy of Faculty of Science, credit: Sunil Kalmady

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  • Following a clinical trial in Germany as well as pilot projects in the U.K. and Germany, Kaia Health — a pain-management app that uses artificial intelligence and motion-tracking — announced it raised $10 million to fund further clinical studies and a new office in New York, Venturebeat reports.
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