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Congress win cements Coventry’s leading role in AI in pathology

Coventry has cemented its role as a centre for excellence in AI in pathology, with the University of Warwick securing the European Congress on Digital Pathology (ECDP) in 2019.

The university’s Professor Nasir Rajpoot is leading a unique data resource of cancer images and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques as part of the £14.2m PathLAKE project (Pathology image data Lake for Analytics, Knowledge and Education). University of Warwick researchers are working together with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Royal Philips to create a national centre of excellence in AI in pathology, linked to five digitised NHS pathology labs. The aim is to significantly speed up the time in which cancer is diagnosed and treated, by using innovative solutions in digital pathology and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

As well as supporting the burgeoning UK digital health industry, the project will provide a network for multi-site clinical trials and further advanced research projects, providing world-class training and education to the pathology and computer science communities.

Rajpoot, head of the Tissue Image Analytics laboratory at the University of Warwick, says: “The PathLAKE centre of excellence will play a leading role in the development, validation and implementation of AI in cellular pathology. The centre data lake will be an invaluable resource for AI researchers and UK based SMEs, enabling the development of cutting-edge AI algorithms for cellular pathology as well as capturing and revealing trends and patterns in the pathology image data for better understanding of disease and improved provision of patient healthcare.”

Professor Rajpoot was a leading proponent in helping secure the European Congress on Digital Pathology (ECDP), which will be managed by the university’s dedicated venue arm, Warwick Conferences.

Some 500 students, trainees, academics, clinicians and industry representatives from around the world will attend the three-day event in April 2019. The conference will feature keynote talks and industrial exhibitions showcasing the latest advances and emerging trends in digital and computational pathology.

He adds: “We are honoured to host the European Congress on Digital Pathology, which has grown to be a truly multi-disciplinary and most stimulating meeting of academics, computer scientists, healthcare professionals and industrial representatives. The UK has traditionally been at the forefront of cellular pathology and there are now significant developments in the UK in the areas of digital and computational pathology. It is right and proper that the congress is brought to the UK for the first time.

“We are in the process of putting together a stimulating conference programme consisting of invited talks by established luminaries and young rising researchers in the field to present their cutting-edge research.”

 

Via Warwick University