Negar Farzaneh, a bioinformatics graduate student in The Najarian Lab, was awarded a NRSA Fellowship. The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.
Study Title: Automated Decision Support System for Traumatic Brain Injury through Image Processing and Machine Learning Approaches
The proposed research will automatically diagnose traumatic brain injuries and assess the severity of critical abnormalities from computed tomography head scan. This system will integrate all available sources of clinical data using data science methods to make a personalized data-driven prognosis. It is expected that this technology will provide caregivers with critical information for early and proper management of injuries, thus saving lives and improving the quality of life of survivors by reducing second/permanent injuries; importantly, this system would enable people living in outlying and deprived regions lacking skilled clinicians benefit from more accurate diagnostics, and as a result, a better care.