Research Colloquium talk – Retinal Imaging and the AI Health Revolution

Talk Overview

The talk will start with a brief summary of Dr. Fawzi’s current research projects in retinal imaging. It will then give an overview of the promise and challenge of the exciting applications of AI in ophthalmology. This includes approaches for screening disease, health assessments, and the promise to streamline healthcare delivery and telemedicine. Finally, they will discuss an ongoing collaboration between their labs and Drs Raicu and Furst where they will set out to develop AI approaches specifically applied to imaging of age-related macular degeneration subjects. Using existing datasets at Northwestern Ophthalmology, they hope to develop an AI model that can predict eyes at high risk for vision loss at an earlier stage of the disease process. This model will be critical to improve patient outcomes by identifying patients who should be monitored more closely allowing clinicians to implement early interventions. Success of this approach would also be critical for identifying and targeting these high-risk subjects for future preventative clinical trials.

When: Friday, January 18th, 1-2:00pm

Where: CDM Theater 708

Who: Amani Fawzi, MD

Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professor of Ophthalmology

Professor, Department of Ophthalmology

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


Speaker bio: Dr. Fawzi is a vitreoretinal surgeon and clinician-scientist, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. She divides her time between her clinical/surgical practice and her NIH-Funded research at Northwestern University. At Northwestern University, Dr. Fawzi runs an active NIH-funded translational research laboratory. Her lab studies animal models of ischemic retinopathies and her clinical research focuses on novel functional retinal imaging approaches including OCT angiography, visible-light OCT and hyperspectral imaging. Recognized for her imaging research, Dr. Fawzi serves on the Editorial Boards of Scientific Reports (Nature), Retina and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, as well as serving on several NIH study sections. She has authored/coauthored over 160 peer-reviewed articles, has delivered several named Lectureships and has been elected as member of the Retina and Macula Societies. She has received the Honor Award of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.