Great interest in the CAIM Research Symposium

The first Research Symposium of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine since its official opening in March 2021 was attended by more than 100 researchers from the Bernese ecosystem around the University and University Hospital.

Full Kuppelsaal for the CAIM Symposium (Photos: Song Xue for CAIM)

Before a full Kuppelsaal at the University main building, the CAIM Executive Team gave updates on CAIM as a Center as welll as its activities in the areas of Ethics (Embedded Ethics Lab presented by Claus Beisbart) and the new initiative Diversity for AI in Medicine (DAIM presented by Inti Zlobec). Two inspiring but also challenging keynote speeches were deliverd by Dr. Andrea Ferrario, ETHZ ("How Explainability Contributes to Trust in AI"), and Prof. Dr. Leo Joskowicz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ("Deep Learning Medical Image Analysis in Radiology: myths, realities and how to make it work for you").

The five research projects funded by CAIM for 2022-2023 in the areas of cardiology, nephrology, neuroradiology, old-age psychiatry and women´s health shared insights into their work. To conclude, two PhD students received the first CAIM Young Research Awards: Amith Kamath, ARTORG Center ("Can AI models speed up Radiotherapy planning while maintaining human-level accuracy?") and Charlotte Kern, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Inselspital, ("Pharmacometric modeling of antiviral therapy against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants").

CAIM Director Raphael Sznitman was excited to witness the beginning of promising interdisciplinary scientific discussions in the wake of the two keynote speeches and during the networking breaks.  "It is great to have such a vibrant community around AI research for healthcare here in Bern," he said.