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[2019/12/06] Three Teachers from NYMU have received the MOST “2019 Future Technology Breakthrough Award”

Associate Professor Yang from the National Yang-Ming University Institute of Brain Science

 

The Ministry of Science and Technology recently announced the winners of the “2019 Future Tech Breakthrough Award” and three teachers from NYMU, each having focused on innovative research, stood out among more than 500 contestants. Associate Professor Yang, from the NYMU Institute of Brain Science, carried out research on combining AI with MRI to develop a “Brain Imaging Platform for Psychiatric Disease Diagnosis”. Furthermore,” Professor Lee’s team from the NYMU Institute of Clinical Medicine developed “Therapeutic Materials and Methods for treating Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema”. Finally, Professor Wei from the NYMU Department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology and Professor Chung from the Taipei University Graduate Institute of Sports Equipment Technology developed a “New Generation Precision Weightlifting Trainer.”

 

The “Future Tech Breakthrough Award”, which is presented by the Ministry of Science and Technology, focuses on pharmaceutical innovations, biotechnological innovations, smart agricultural technology, photoelectron spectroscopy, semiconductors, smart machinery, innovative materials, and AI applications. The award-winning projects are all “industrially applicable” and are “scientific breakthroughs”. The award ceremony will be held from December 5th to 8th at the “Future Tech 2019.”

 

Associate Professor Yang's team developed the” Brain Imaging Platform for Psychiatric Disease Diagnosis”

 

Associate Professor Yang’s team developed the “Brain Imaging Platform for Psychiatric Disease Diagnosis”, which uses MRI imaging of potential patients and healthy grownups, which are then analyzed using deep neural networks; it has been able to achieve >90% diagnosis accuracy. This platform is able to provide meaningful clinical information to doctors when diagnosing schizophrenia and will help with the early prevention and timely treatment of this and other similar diseases in the future.

 

In recent years “AI and Mental Illness Management” companies have emerged, but as yet there are no FDA approved high quality imaging products. The AI platform developed by Associate Professor Yang’s team is able to visualize structural abnormalities in the brain. It therefore can be extended to other relevant mental diseases, such as bipolar disease, depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and others, which has an enormous developmental value. The platform has completed building its data model at Taipei Veterans General Hospital and is currently undergoing clinical validation at the Tri-Service General Hospital, Beitou Branch.

 

Professor Lee from the NYMU Institute of Clinical Medicine

 

“Therapeutic Materials and Methods for treating Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema” were developed by Professor Lee’s team and focuses on lung diseases that cannot be treated with drugs, which include COPD and lung fibrosis. This regenerative medicine therapy uses stem cell factors to activate endogenous lung cells in the patients, as opposed to using culturing stem cells in vitro. It involves in vivo reprogramming that allows lung cells to temporarily acquire stem cell characteristics, which will allow them to grow, differentiate and stimulate tissue repair. The advantages of this approach are that it is able to avoid the complicated procedures associated with in vitro cell culture, as well as the risk of cancer due to injecting too many stem cells into a patient.

 

Professor Wei from the NYMU Department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology

 

Professor Wei from the NYMU Department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology and Professor Chung from the University of Taipei Graduate Institute of Sports Equipment Technology have developed a “New Generation Weightlifting Trainer” for Olympic athletes in Taiwan. They use their medical profession experience to help improve athletes’ competitiveness and this involves the use of the latest AI technology when managing sports injury. This means that athletes will be fully supported by sports science and this will help to win gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

This innovative breakthrough records individual's weightlifting gestures, barbell trajectory, and body force, all without actual contact with the person. The data is uploaded onto a Cloud database and the AI then analyzes for the possibility of potential sports injuries. This is helpful as a way of avoiding fatigue and injury due to excessive training. At the same time, it is able to record the athletes’ best performances, which can then be used as reference points when planning out strategies for a competition. Protection of athletes from injury has been greatly enhanced by the introduction of shock-absorbing mats with STF material, which are part of the above system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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