DALLAS, Feb. 17, 2020 – Seven researchers have been awarded a total of $2 million from the American Heart Association® Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine™ for three grants: the American Heart Association Grand Challenge: Precision Health and Precision Medicine grant; the American Heart Association and Amazon Web Services 4.0 Data Grant Portfolio: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning grant; and the American Heart Association and Amazon Web Services 4.0 Data Grant Portfolio: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Training Grants. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, established the Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, which has funded more than 93 grants totaling more than $30.2 million since 2014. Applicants for the grants include the brightest minds working in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, precision medicine and precision health.

Each grant includes an Amazon Web Services (AWS) credit for $50,000 per year for use on the American Heart Association Precision Medicine Platform™. The Precision Medicine Platform, powered by AWS, is a central hub for the cardiovascular and stroke research community to access vast and diverse datasets and cloud-based workspaces that enable state-of-the-art, high-performance computing, analytics and collaboration to accelerate scientific discovery.

Research about digital images, electronic health records, genetics, wearable devices, smartphone, other sensor-related technology and community engagement data (including social determinants of health) are all examples of research data sources that were eligible for consideration.

 Awardees used modern experimental techniques, coupled with robust data sources, to make significant advances in understanding or deploying precision health and precision medicine practices. Applicants for the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Grant and the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Training Grant built, tested and refined artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms using research data sources.

Grand Challenge Grant: One awardee who will receive $1 million over 4 years

Cui Tao, Ph.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston  -

Project: Artificial intelligence-aided personalization on dual antiplatelet therapy duration for patients who underwent coronary stent implantation

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Grant: Four awardees, each receiving $200,000 over 2 years

Andrew McCulloch, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Project: Cardiac atlases for machine learning in congenital heart disease

Arash Kheradvar, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Project: Cloud-based artificial intelligence platform for automatic segmentation and analysis of pediatric cardiac MRI datasets

Ona Wu, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

Project: Automated detection of severe brain edema development in cardiac arrest survivors

Xue Feng, Ph.D.,  University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Project: A cloud-based framework for multi-institutional clinical studies incorporating artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Training Grant: Two awardees, each receiving $100,000 over 2 years

Avinash Parnandi, Ph.D., New York University School of Medicine

Project: Measurement tools for clinical and home rehabilitation after stroke

Erlei Zhang, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Project: Developing an artificial Intelligence-based radiotherapy cardiotoxicity analysis platform


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