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AI in Medicine: Hope, Hype or Horror?

Professor Niels Peek and Lamiece Hassan

  • Date: Wednesday 9th December 2020 from 2.15 pm
  • Venue: Zoom meeting
  • Members £0.00
  • Non Members £

Annual Hon Dorothy Wedgwood OBE Christmas Lecture for Young People 

The Manchester Medical Society Christmas Lecture for students in school years 10 to 13 is to be delivered by zoom webinar and live streamed to YouTube.  Although aimed at young people aged approximately 15 to 18 years there will be no strict adherence to age limit.

This year’s lecture will be given by Professor Niels Peek and Dr Lamiece Hassan and they will talk about the 50-year history of artificial intelligence in medicine, discuss the current state of the art and latest technology developments in machine learning, and explore the promises and perils of introducing intelligent machines into healthcare.

Professor Niels Peek

Niels Peek is Professor of Health Informatics and Strategic Research Domain Director for Digital Health at the University of Manchester.  He has a background in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, and his research focuses on data-driven methods for health research, healthcare quality improvement, and computerised decision support.

Niels has co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications. From 2013 to 2017 he was the President of the Society for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. In April 2017, he organised the Informatics for Health 2017 conference in Manchester which was attended by more than 800 people from 30 countries.  He is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

Lamiece Hassan

Dr Lamiece Hassan is a Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester. After studying Psychology, Lamiece went on to earn a PhD through her studies of treatment patterns for people with mental illness in prisons. This spurred an interest in using ‘big health data’ to improve population health and she joined the Centre for Health Informatics shortly afterwards.  For the last 7 years Lamiece has worked on large scale, digital health projects using data and advanced technologies, championing public engagement, and conducting research into public trust.  In her current project, Lamiece is investigating ways of using computer algorithms (including AI) to analyse social media posts, which has finally given her a legitimate excuse to be on Twitter at work.

There is a limit on the number of attendees who can join the webinar but not the live streaming to YouTube.  If members of the Manchester Medical Society are interested in attending please let us know by emailing so that we can send the joining details.