New AI research chair developing ‘21st-century stethoscope’ to make diagnosing injury and illness faster and easier

Dr. Jacob Jaremko, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Dept, at the University of Alberta Hospital on June 8, 2021. Dr. Jaremko is one of three U of A researchers being named a CIFAR AI Chair on June 9, 2021.

Futuristic handheld scanners that can instantly diagnose all that ails us are on the verge of becoming a reality, thanks to a University of Alberta researcher whose use of artificial intelligence (AI) to pinpoint a growing host of disorders landed him an unprecedented research chair.

Jacob Jaremko, a pediatric and musculoskeletal radiologist and researcher in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, has become the only practising physician to be awarded a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) AI Chair. He has been granted this chair at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) for his application of artificial intelligence to medical problems.

“As a clinician scientist I kind of straddle that divide,” said Jaremko, who completed a PhD in biomedical engineering and developed expertise in the earliest form of AI, before attending medical school at the U of A. “I hold a unique position in that way.”

Jaremko’s team is particularly interested in the use of portable ultrasound machines alongside AI to play a larger role in diagnosing injury and illness.

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