Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is among the most common causes of death in Saudi Arabia. According to the 2018 edition of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s annual Financing Global Health report, the prevalence of CKD among the Kingdom’s general population stands at 5.44% and accounts for a 4.04% mortality rate.
Congratulations to Computer Science alumna Imane Boudellioua (Ph.D. ’19, MS ’12) for receiving a prize in the 19th edition of the annual KACST Almarai National Prize for Creative Scientific Work for Students (Ph.D. Level). As a Ph.D. student in the Computational Bioscience Research Center, Dr. Boudellioua worked in machine learning and data mining algorithms, with research targeting the potential to help patients with mysterious ailments find genetic causes for their undiagnosed disease.
Runar Reve, a former KAUST Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP) student, recently received the International Society for Computational Biology’s (ISCB) Bio-Ontologies COSI – Best Talk Award at the 28th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) 2020.
Following a call by President Tony Chan for KAUST PIs to contribute through their research capabilities to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts coordinated by Donal Bradley, KAUST vice president for research, and Pierre Magistretti, KAUST dean of the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering division, mobilized a group of faculty to form the Rapid Research Response Team (R3T).
KAUST faculty member Robert Hoehndorf was recently promoted from the rank of assistant professor to associate professor. Hoehndorf’s promotion caps a year-long process where the German researcher’s scientific and scholarly output was measured and evaluated by internal and external reviews.
Associate Professor Xin Gao and his group have developed an artificial-intelligence (AI) based solution to help increase COVID-19 testing accuracy. Identifying cases of early stage infection has been particularly challenging for frontline clinicians. Gao's AI-based model, which aims to increase accuracy, has been put to immediate use at King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSH) in Riyadh.
Hashtags like #covid19 and #coronavirus help us stay up to date on the developments of the new coronavirus pandemic. But beyond breaking news, tweets also offer a glimpse into the emotional side of the COVID-19 crisis.