NIH to establish AI, machine learning committee

The National Institutes of Health plans to build out its work with artificial intelligence, NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, said during an agency conference July 23.

Dr. Collins said the NIH will consider new ways to incorporate AI and machine learning into biomedical research, the Politico Morning eHealth newsletter reports. Dr. Collins plans to appoint a "high-level committee" to advise the effort.

At the conference, Dr. Collins also said he hopes to bring more Silicon Valley talent to the NIH, potentially to fill the open position for an associate director for data science, according to Politico.

The forthcoming AI committee represents another step in the NIH's move to embrace emerging technology. The agency also recently added Google Cloud as a partner on its Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation and Sustainability Initiative to bring certain databases to a secure environment for biomedical research. 

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