Researchers Use AI to Predict Rare Diseases

Researchers Use AI to Predict Rare Diseases

September 2022

Penn Medicine researchers will help lead the development of an algorithm to flag patients at risk of rare disease thanks to a $4.7 million NIH grant. This 4-year U01 will involve 10 national health systems (with a total of 27 million patients) for developing federated learning and transfer learning algorithms using real-world data for early detection of rare diseases. 

The efforts to develop this prediction method, called “PANDA: Predictive Analytics via Networked Distributed Algorithms for multi-system diseases,” will be led by principal investigators from the DBEI Drs. Yong Chen, Professor of Biostatistics, and Peter A. Merkel, Chief of Rheumatology and a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, as well as Jiang Bian, Chief Data Scientist of the University of Florida Health System and a Professor in the Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Penn Medicine press release.

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