As BC moves into Phase 2 and businesses cautiously reopen, settling into the normalcy of quarantine during a global pandemic can feel a bit like a sci-fi movie. But one thing that Hollywood didn’t predict, is the incredible way that people have come together to support each other. Whether you are a healthcare provider, an essential worker or continuing to practicing social distancing in small pods, we are all playing our part to support our global community. In addition to this collective effort, scientists and research groups from all over the world are combining their talents and creativity to support the fight against COVID-19. Check out these 5 innovative research projects happening right here in Vancouver.
A team of Vancouver General Hospital radiologists and UBC medical students are collecting, evaluating, and labeling thousands of CT scan images and chest x-rays. This collection of visual data from the Middle East, Italy, South Korea, and Canada will be used to train artificial intelligence (AI) to detect the presence of COVID-19 by identifying patterns in the images. A model of the AI will be piloted at the Vancouver General Hospital with a goal to improve the accuracy of COVID-19 diagnosis and predict which patients will need more serious interventions. The model will be available to health-care providers and researchers anywhere in the world through an open-source licence.