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UF to use $23.5 million grant to build AI infrastructure to improve critical care
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The University of Florida has been awarded $3.6 million of a $23.5 million multicenter grant for a four-year data-generation project that is unprecedented in its scope, aimed at building an infrastructure for artificial intelligence in critical care and advancing artificial intelligence in ways that improve patients’ ability to recover from life-threatening illnesses.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence, or Bridge2AI program, this project creates a network of university health systems that will support a comprehensive repository of data for AI research from more than 100,000 critically ill patients. The patients’ data will be made anonymous.

Although the project’s highlight will be the 100,000-patient data set, key aspects of the project include AI workforce training events, a set of standards for ethical use of AI in critical care, publicly available AI tutorials and guidelines for a collaborative approach to medical AI research.

“This project is a huge win for UF AI research and will put us on the map for biomedical AI,” said Azra Bihorac, M.D., M.S., FCCM, the senior associate dean for research affairs at the College of Medicine and co-director of UF’s Intelligent Critical Care Center, or IC3. “The success of our UF team builds on the investment of UF Health and the UF College of Medicine in the digitization of clinical infrastructure and the generation, integration and standardization of medical data for both clinical and research use.”

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UF Health to launch Florida’s first fleet of specialized ambulances to improve stroke care
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UF Health is launching a statewide network of mobile stroke treatment units — specialized ambulances equipped to speed diagnosis and treatment.

The first new mobile stroke unit will be housed in Gainesville and is expected to be deployed by July 2023. Soon after, UF Health will add an additional unit in Central Florida in The Villages, and, later, mobile stroke units in Jacksonville and Palm Beach County. Only 20 mobile stroke programs are currently operational nationwide.

UF Health’s mobile stroke units will include a diagnostic CT scanner, clot-busting drugs such as tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, medications given intravenously to lower high blood pressure, medications used to reverse the effects of bleeding inside the brain, and telemedicine equipment. Ambulances will be staffed by a team that includes a stroke-trained health provider, a CT technician, an EMT driver and paramedic, as well as a stroke neurologist (available via telemedicine).

By deploying to the patient, the team can begin treatment while in transit to the nearest available stroke center, saving critical moments to reduce long-term disability from the stroke.

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Celebrating Black History Month
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Each February, millions of people around the U.S. celebrate Black History Month, a tribute to past and current generations of African Americans and their contributions to the nation.

At the University of Florida College of Medicine, Black scientists and health care providers have made a lasting impact. Read about the stories of three African American students, alumni and faculty from our M.D., PA and Ph.D. concentrations at the link below.

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Medical students hold annual talent show at University Auditorium
College of Medicine students showcased their artistry and raised funds for the Lupus Foundation of America at their annual charity event.
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Gator kudos: Winter 2023
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The College of Medicine congratulates students, trainees and faculty who have recently been recognized with awards and achievements that honor their hard work and commitment to advancing scientific discovery, improving medical education and helping patients.
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Join us for Celebration of Research next week!
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Celebration of Research kicks off Monday, Feb. 27 with a keynote address from Harvard and MIT's Dr. Emery Brown. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, tune in via Zoom to a mentoring excellence roundtable and visit the O'Connell Center for a poster session and reception, AI talks, simulation demonstrations and more.
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UF College of Medicine sets new record for NIH funding in 2022

Far exceeding its previous high, the University of Florida College of Medicine obtained record funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2022, ranking 22nd among public institutions.

NIH funding at the UF College of Medicine increased about 28% between 2021 and 2022, to nearly $155 million, according to rankings published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research in February. The college ranked 43rd nationally in funding, rising two spots from its 2021 rank. It also received more NIH funding in 2022 than any other public medical school in Florida. 

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research rankings, published annually, are derived from data compiled and released by the NIH shortly after the federal fiscal year ends.

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Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D., named director of UF’s McKnight Brain Institute

Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D., chair of the UF College of Medicine department of neuroscience and an expert in brain aging, has been appointed director of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida.

Since 2017, Bizon has served in key leadership roles at the MBI as a member of the UF Health Neuroscience and Neuromedicine Executive Committee and as co-chair of the MBI’s Education and Outreach Committee, which has provided new avenues for trainees and faculty members to boost their careers. As chair of the department of neuroscience, Bizon oversees an annual grant portfolio of over $21 million. Within the College of Medicine, she’s helped create a collegewide mentoring program and serves as co-chair of the compensation committee and chair of the promotion and tenure committee.

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UF Health among nation’s best for liver, lung transplant outcomes

UF Health’s lung transplant program and liver transplant program are among the nation’s best, according to data recently released from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, or SRTR.

The UF Health lung transplant program outcomes establish it as best in Florida and top five across the country. Per the January 2023 data, patients who are admitted to UF Health can expect excellence in key lung transplant metrics, like survival on the organ waitlist and one-year survival rates post-transplant.

UF Health is also home to the liver transplant program with the highest one-year liver graft survival in the United States, according to the SRTR data released this month. At 98.97%, the program’s success rate outstrips the national survival rate of 91.89%.

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