A $50,000 gift from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation gives students from UCLA's Department of Computational Medicine and Tel Aviv University (TAU) an opportunity to work together to advance research in machine learning and artificial intelligence. As part of this two-year exchange program, students will participate in short-term research visits to both institutions to collaborate on research designed to improve patient care.
Through the use of computational methods, including machine learning and medical expertise, the research will identify high-risk cases of specific diseases, improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis, predict treatment outcomes and side effects, and reduce costs.
"This program leverages the unique strengths of both TAU and UCLA in building engineering tools for medical applications," said Eran Halperin, PhD, a professor of computer science and human genetics and head of the Big Data and Genomics Lab at UCLA. He is also an alumnus of Tel Aviv University. "The hope is that both students and faculty will create lasting collaborations with multiple visits to both institutions," Halperin said.
The program is being led by Halperin, Eleazar Eskin, PhD, chair of UCLA's Department of Computational Medicine; and Uri Nevo, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University.
UCLA has received an additional $46 million gift from longtime supporter and legendary entertainment visionary David Geffen, a reinvestment that brings the amount of the David Geffen Medical Scholarship Fund to $146 million.