The nation’s thought leaders in Artificial Intelligence (AI) will discuss innovation and share insight into the application of AI in all aspects of life, society and medicine at the eighth annual SINAInnovations festival on October 15-16 at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Upper Manhattan. A Health Hackathon challenge will kick-off the festival on October 11-13, and will focus on creating novel solutions using AI that expands the limits of human performance. Topic areas for the health hackathon include: E-Sports, Mobility, and Adaptive Sports; Memory and Mental Agility; Social Connectivity and Communication; and Professional Performance in Medicine.

“Artificial intelligence is reshaping our world and promises to transform the science and practice of medicine. We are delighted to host an event that captures the promise of this field through a range of presentations by thought leaders and innovators.  It will be an event to remember.” says Scott L. Friedman, MD, Dean for Therapeutic Discovery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and director of the conference.

“We’re thrilled with the high caliber of physicians and scientists from within the Mount Sinai Health System and elsewhere who will convene to exchange ideas, celebrate the Icahn School of Medicine’s extraordinary contributions and innovations, and, ultimately, explore the future of science,” says Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System.  

A new initiative at this year’s Festival tackles the issue of the diversity gap in innovation and will bring together a diverse group of diverse group of entrepreneurs from research, health care technology, venture capital, and community start-ups to address disparities in health and innovation. The Innovation Hub event will take place on Monday, October 14, 1:30 pm at the Hess Center for Science and Medicine at Mount Sinai and will include a keynote address and fireside chat.

The Health Hackathon event will challenge a diverse group of professionals and students to create and implement innovative ways of expanding the limits of human performance in Artificial Intelligence. The 48-hour multidisciplinary competition will challenge participants to create novel technology solutions for problems in health care. To register for the Health Hackathon, visit the following link. A Health Hackathon kick start workshop will be held on October 3 from 6-9 pm at Icahn School of Medicine.

Mount Sinai recently announced this spring the launch of the Hamilton and Amabel James Center for Artificial Intelligence and Human Health, a new center dedicated to advancing the delivery of health care through research, development, and implementation of innovative artificial intelligence tools and technologies. The Center, one of the first in Manhattan, combines artificial intelligence with data science and genomics in a standalone site. This investment in AI, made possible by a generous donation from Hamilton Evans ‘Tony’ and Amabel James, will enable researchers to enhance their understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases and was a fitting theme for this year’s festival.

For more information about SINAInnovations, visit the Icahn School of Medicine website or to register visit the following link

Notable speakers include at the Festival

Tuesday, October 15:

Michael Snyder, Professor and Chair of Genetics, Stanford University

Melissa Haendel, Director, Translational Science, Oregon State University; Director, Center for Data & Health, Oregon Health & Science University

Keith J. Dreyer, Chief Data Science Officer, Partners Healthcare; Chief Science Officer, ACR Data Science Institute

Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah

Wednesday, October 16:

Pieter Abbeel, Professor, UC Berkeley; Founder, Covariant.AI

Suchi Saria, John C. Malone Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Heather J. Lynch, Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolution and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science, Stony Brook University

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and Mount Sinai South Nassau is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai South Nassau are ranked regionally.

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