Announcement - 2020 Medical Imaging Centenary Fund Raising Campaign.
As we gear up to celebrate the Department of Medical Imaging’s centenary in 2020, I hope you’ll join me in both reflecting on our collective achievements— and investing in the next 100 years through our recently launched 2020 Medical Imaging Centenary fund raising campaign.
Toronto has become one of the major centres worldwide for Artificial Intelligence, and innovations in Machine Learning are rapidly making their way into clinical practice providing significant opportunity for our Department to play a strategic role in harnessing these tools to enhance patient care.
As radiologists, we possess in depth “subject matter expertise” as well as access to vast quantities of data – two of the major building blocks for success in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. However, to take advantage of this opportunity I believe we need to invest in the technical experts – the computer and data scientists - who can collaborate with us, helping to undertake imaging projects which are defined, and considered important by radiologists.
Our goal therefore is to establish at least four Chairs/Scientists in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, in partnership with our affiliated hospitals. These positions will be funded to allow significant imaging research and development which is relevant to clinical practice generally, and specifically to each hospital site.
I look forward to sharing more news about our fundraising efforts in future communications and welcome an opportunity to meet with you should you have additional questions and/or feedback.
Heather Yearwood is our contact in Advancement for this campaign and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Thank you, in advance, for your support.
Dr. Alan Moody, FRCR, FRCP
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto