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+DS Lunch and Learn Series, Fall 2019

Duke’s Plus Data Science (+DS) program invites you to learn about how artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming healthcare through a series of lunch and learns this fall.

Topics will include deep learning for digital pathology, neural networks and retinal image analysis, machine learning approaches for autism screening, and natural language processing with communications between patients and clinicians.

Both clinical experts and technical experts will lead each session, with content split roughly 50/50 between the clinical setup and technical approach. Participants will learn about both the medical context and the applications of data science for health.

The sessions will be convenient for Duke medical professionals, located at the Trent-Semans Center Learning Hall. The goal for these lunches is a fun, convenient way for the Duke community to learn about data science and engage with Duke’s data science for health community, including clinicians, quantitative experts, faculty, trainees, and students. Lunch will be provided.

The complete list of sessions and speakers:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m.
Digital Pathology: Identifying Thyroid Malignancy with Deep Learning

Danielle Range, MD, Assistant Professor of Pathology
Yoni Cohen, MD, Medical Instructor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Ricardo Henao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics; Principal Data Scientist, Duke Forge

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
A Window to the Brain: Analysis of Retinal Images with Deep Neural Networks

Sharon Fekrat, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology; Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Felipe Medeiros, MD, PhD, Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology
Dilraj Singh Grewal, MBBS, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Lawrence Carin, PhD, James L. Meriam Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Vice President for Research, Duke University

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Early Autism Screening with Machine Learning

Geraldine Dawson, PhD, William Cleland Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development; Director, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Guillermo Sapiro, PhD, James B. Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Professor of Mathematics

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Recommending MyChart Responses with Natural Language Processing

Jedrek Wosik, MD, Cardiology Fellow, Department of Medicine
Ricardo Henao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics; Principal Data Scientist, Duke Forge

+DS is a Duke-wide program operating in partnership with departments, schools, and institutes to enable faculty, students, and staff to employ data science at a level tailored to their needs, level of expertise, and interests. To learn more, please visit