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BrainFair Zürich

Spinal Cord Injury and artificial intelligence: can a laptop predict if a patient will be able to walk again?

Mittwoch, 15. März 2023, 11:15 - 12:00 Uhr
Referent: Louis Lukas, Biomedical Data Science, ETH Zurich
Zielgruppe: Altersgruppe 14-18 Jahre
Sprache: Englisch

Beschreibung des Vortrags: Spinal cord injury can come with dramatic changes to the life of those affected. If the spinal cord has been damaged, affected individuals, for example, often cannot walk anymore and might need a wheelchair. Until today, no cure exists for spinal cord injury. However, if the spinal cord has only been partially damaged, targeted therapy can help patients to regain sensation and control of their legs and feet, and might allow them to walk again.
How can a doctor or a physiotherapist know if a patient can walk again at the end of their long rehabilitation process in a hospital? In this presentation, I will explore this question. Students will have the opportunity to learn how we use data collected in hospitals in combination with methods from statistics and computer science to support the team of doctors, nurses and therapists in the treatment of spinal cord injured patients and help them optimise treatment approaches.