Community Jameel and MIT launch AI health clinic

Community Jameel and MIT launch AI health clinic
Community Jameel and MIT have announced the machine learning facility.
Published: 18 September 2018 - 9:47 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Saudi Arabia's Community Jameel has partnered with MIT on a clinic dedicated to developing machine learning solutions for the health sector.

The social enterprise organisation, which is headquartered in Saudi Arabia, has announced the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health at MIT (J-Clinic), which will focus on the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease using AI and related technologies.

The clinic, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US, will concentrate on creating and commercializing high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals.

J-Clinic's holistic approach will utilize MIT's strong expertise in cellular and medical biology, computer science, engineering, and the social sciences, amongst other areas.

"The health care system has no shortage of data," said MIT President L. Rafael Reif, "But it has far too little access to the kinds of tools and experts who can translate population-level data into clinical insights that could make it possible to tune care precisely for individuals. Building on MIT's deep expertise in fields from cancer to neuroscience, and our longstanding connections to Boston's world-class medical community, J-Clinic offers an accelerated path to creating new technologies that could help make health care more effective everywhere - rom villages in developing nations to major teaching hospitals.

"We are grateful to Community Jameel for their humanitarian vision, boldness, generosity and continued enthusiasm for collaborating with MIT on their efforts to help make a better world," Reif added.

J-Clinic will leverage MIT's strong relationship with industry and Boston-area hospitals to test, integrate, and deploy new technologies. It will also seek to advance patentable research that could be commercialized and spun-out through licensing to startups and pharmaceutical companies putting these advances into real-life practice.

As part of its work, J-Clinic will support research projects, education, workshops, and other activities at the intersection of machine learning and biology.

"Channeling MIT's machine learning expertise into health care will transform medical outcomes for people around the world," said Fady Jameel, President of Community Jameel International. "Health care has been an important sphere of activity for Community Jameel since our earliest days, from founding the first non-profit hospital for physical rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia, to partnering on the King Salman Center for Disability Research. J-Clinic continues our journey of supporting cutting-edge research and driving innovation in health care, in Saudi Arabia and around the whole world."

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