The National Academy of Engineering has outlined grand challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. They include Engineering Healthcare, Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare, and Education of Future Scientists at the frontier of cutting-edge research shaping humanity. Likewise, UN Sustainable Development Goals has included Healthy Life and Well Being and Women Healthcare in their “plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity”.
The national importance of healthcare is motivated by some alarming statistics which are also representative of the healthcare infrastructure in developing countries. We have the 5th highest incidence of Tuberculosis. Over 40,000 die of breast cancer every year. Oral cancer is the 2nd most common malignancy. HCV is a silent storm with a 2nd highest incidence rate among developing countries. There is scarcity of trained doctors, physicians, and clinicians in remote areas coupled with a sub-optimal utilization of laboratory tests, scans, and exams.
What is available to us is (1) a plethora of multi-modal data, (2) biosensors, biomedical devices, and engineering science, and (3) mathematical and statistical tools. What is missing is (1) a symbiotic relationship between engineering, mathematics and clinical sciences, (2) a state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure, and (3) a multidisciplinary training of young students. To address these issues, and keeping with the spirit of the 21st century grand challenges, we need a multi-disciplinary research lab at the frontier of Smart Healthcare. The structure of the lab (shown in Figure 1) is adopted from Renton et al 2012.
Clinical and Translational Imaging Lab is a multi-disciplinary research lab founded by Professor Hassan Mohy-ud-Din at the the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, LUMS. This lab will (probably) be the first of its kind in Pakistan focusing on novel computation algorithms and techniques in multi-modality (medical) imaging. The over-arching goal of this lab is to develop a symbiotic relationship between engineering, mathematics, and clinical sciences in Pakistan where these realms, to this day, are largely disconnected.
Hassan Mohy-ud-Din has been trained at the Johns Hopkins University, USA and Yale School of Medicine, USA. He carries a unique training and research experience in engineering, applied mathematics, and clinical imaging. His research has spanned several aspects in brain, cardiac, and whole-body imaging.
This pioneering effort is being funded by a start-up grant awarded by Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, LUMS and a research grant (PKR 20 million) awarded by the Higher Education Commission and Planning Commission of Pakistan.
Hassan Mohy-ud-Din, PhD
Director Clinical and Translational Imaging Lab
LUMS School of Science and Engineering