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Wed, Feb 28


Bowerman room

Neil Oxtoby

Data-driven Disease Progression Modelling: thinking outside the black box

Neil Oxtoby
Neil Oxtoby

Time & Location

Feb 28, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Bowerman room , Dobell Pavilion, 6875 Bd LaSalle, Verdun, QC H4H 2G9, Canada

About the Event

Data-driven disease progression models are an emerging set of computational tools that reconstruct disease timelines for long-term chronic diseases, providing unique insights into disease processes and their underlying mechanisms. Such methods combine a priori human knowledge and assumptions with large-scale data processing and parameter estimation to infer long-term disease trajectories from short-term data. In contrast to ‘black box’ machine learning tools, data-driven disease progression models typically require fewer data and are inherently interpretable, thereby aiding disease understanding in addition to enabling classification, prediction and stratification.   This talk is based on my recent Nat Rev Neurosci paper “Data-driven modelling of neurodegenerative disease progression: thinking outside the black box.”

Neil Oxtoby is a neurodegenerative disease progression modeller with a PhD in theoretical quantum physics, who is currently based in the Computer Science department at University College London, UK. He also plays guitar, sings, and occasionally takes selfies while wearing a colleague’s lab coat.

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