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MIT and Community Jameel launch new Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic)

Hassan Jameel, president of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia; L. Rafael Reif, president of MIT; Fady Jameel, president of Community Jameel International.

 

Last week, MIT News announced that MIT and Community Jameel have launched another J-LAB: the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic of Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic). This is the fourth J-LAB launched at MIT, following the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS), and our own lab, the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). From the article:

J-Clinic, a key part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, will focus on developing machine learning technologies to revolutionize the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. It will concentrate on creating and commercializing high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals, with three main areas of focus:

  • preventative medicine methods and technologies with the potential to change the course of noninfectious disease by stopping it in its tracks;
  • cost-effective diagnostic tests that may be able to both detect and alleviate health problems; and
  • drug discovery and development to enable faster and cheaper discovery, development, and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, particularly those targeted for individually customized therapies.

Like J-WEL, J-Clinic will support research projects, education, and workshops, though it will focus on machine learning and biology. J-Clinic will be able to leverage and build on MIT's relationship with the booming Boston-area health industry, including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and startups. MIT President L. Rafael Reif commented on the launch: 

“The health care system has no shortage of data. 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 — from villages in developing nations to major teaching hospitals.”

Read the full article in MIT News.

 

J-WEL regularly collaborates with J-PAL and J-WAFS through events such as our "Roll Call: Getting Children Into School" webinar. Our team looks forward to continuing this history of collaboration with J-Clinic.