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Source: COVID-19 Treatments  Aug 09, 2020  3 years, 8 months, 6 days, 21 hours, 14 minutes ago

COVID-19 Treatments: US NIH Takes Heed Of Thailand Medical News Recommendations Of A Personalized Medicine Approach For Treating COVID-19

COVID-19 Treatments: US NIH Takes Heed Of Thailand Medical News Recommendations Of A Personalized Medicine Approach For Treating COVID-19
Source: COVID-19 Treatments  Aug 09, 2020  3 years, 8 months, 6 days, 21 hours, 14 minutes ago
COVID-19 Treatments: For the last 6 weeks, Thailand Medical News has been advocating that COVID-19 treatments should be approached from a personalized medicine approach as the disease parthenogenesis and progression differs in every individuals due to genetic factors, underlying medical conditions, a variety of risk factors and also the genomic strains of the infecting virus as meta-analysis of various studies are all pointing to that directional approach.


 
As a result of intense lobbying with major health entities ad organizations, some are finally beginning to take heed and respond.
 
The US National Institutes of Health has launched the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC), an ambitious effort that will harness the power of artificial intelligence and medical imaging to fight COVID-19 to offer a more personalized medicine approach for patients and for physicians to access easy platforms to assists with diagnosis and developing personalized treatment protocols.
 
The new multi-institutional collaboration, led by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of NIH, will create new tools that physicians can use for early detection and personalized therapies for COVID-19 patients.
 
Dr Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., NIBIB Director told Thailand Medical News, “This program is particularly exciting because it will give us new ways to rapidly turn scientific findings into practical imaging tools that benefit COVID-19 patients. It unites leaders in medical imaging and artificial intelligence from academia, professional societies, industry, and government to take on this important challenge. More importantly the program will churn out platforms that can make a personalized medicine approach more realistic and easier for physicians and hospitals.”
 
The detailed features of infected lungs and hearts seen on medical images can help assess disease severity, predict response to treatment, and improve patient outcomes. However, a major challenge is to rapidly and accurately identify these signatures and evaluate this information in combination with many other clinical symptoms and tests. The MIDRC goals are to lead the development and implementation of new diagnostics, including machine learning algorithms, that will allow rapid and accurate assessment of disease status and help physicians optimize patient treatment, allowing for a more personalized medicine approach.
 
Dr Guoying Liu, Ph.D., the NIBIB scientific program lead on this effort said, “This effort will gather a large repository of COVID-19 chest images, allowing researchers to evaluate both lung and cardiac tissue data, ask critical research questions, and develop predictive COVID-19 imaging signatures that can be delivered to healthcare providers.”
 
Dr Maryellen L. Giger, PhD, the A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, Committee on Medical Physics at the University of Chicago, is leading the effort, which includes co-Investigators Dr Etta Pisano, MD, and Dr Michael Tilkin, MS, from the American College of Radiology (ACR), Dr Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD, and Dr Adam Flanders, MD, representing the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and Dr Paul Kinahan, PhD, from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).
 
Dr Krishna Kandarpa, M.D., Ph.D.,  director of research sciences and strategic directions at NIBIB said, “This major initiative responds to the international imaging community’s expressed unmet need for a secure technological network to enable the development and ethical application of artificial intelligence to make the best medical decisions for COVID-19 patients. Eventually, the approaches developed could benefit other conditions as well.”
 
The newly launched MIDRC will facilitate rapid and flexible collection, analysis, and dissemination of imaging and associated clinical data. Collaboration among the ACR, RSNA, and AAPM is based on each organization’s unique and complementary expertise within the medical imaging community, and each organization’s dedication to imaging data quality, security, access, and sustainability.
 
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) mission is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating engineering and physical science with biology and medicine to advance our understanding of disease and its prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. NIBIB supports emerging technology research and development within its internal laboratories and through grants, collaborations, and training.
 
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH is America’s medical research agency ad it includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 
The US NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases including COVID-19.
 
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