Development of Novel Strategies for the Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer

September 20, 2021

Dr. Chin Hur, IICD Associate Member and Irving Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, and Dr. Nicholas Tatonetti, Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, recently received a R21 grant from the NIH for their work developed in collaboration with Dr. Jiheum Park, Associate Research Scientist in the Hur’s lab. The goal of this proposal is to develop new protocols for the early detection of pancreatic cancer using a novel strategy for combining human-expert knowledge with deep-neural embeddings. Their study involves a structured exploration of feature grouping strategies using Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to develop predictive and potentially insightful deep learning models. They will be able to propose new predictors represented by groups of related data that are expected to have superior predictive ability for improving pancreatic cancer diagnosis.