49 - Beyond the Patterns - Farah Deeda (U British Colombia) – Understanding the Placenta: Towards an Accessible and Effective Pregnancy System/ClipID:48429 previous clip next clip

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Recording date 2023-06-01





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Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)


Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)



We have the great honor to welcome Farah Deeba to our lab for an invited presentation!

Abstract: Maternal mortality rates worldwide are unacceptably high. Early detection and timely management of pregnancy complications could prevent most of these deaths. Unfortunately, current ultrasound-based pregnancy screening tools are dependent on system settings and user interpretation (contributing to inequity to access). Also, existing screening tools do not offer adequate placental evaluation (often leading to delayed and inaccurate diagnosis). My research aims to design an objective and effective pregnancy screening system that would evaluate placental development and function across the pregnancy. This talk will present an overview of my Ph.D. research, focused on identifying and measuring non-invasive imaging biomarkers corresponding to placental microstructure using a system- and user-independent Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS) approach. I will also present my vision to adopt an integrated approach to link the macro-level structural and functional information with the micro-level molecular signature, thereby generating a holistic, multi-factorial signature of the placenta.

Short Bio: Farah Deeba is a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of British Columbia, where she is advised by Dr. Robert Rohling. Farah’s research interests lie in the field of medical imaging, with a focus on placental tissue characterization using quantitative ultrasound. Farah is a recipient of the Schlumberger Faculty for Future Fellowship and the 2020 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant. She was also nominated as one of the Rising Stars 2020 (Berkeley EECS).


F. Deeba: A Quantitative Ultrasound Approach for Detecting Placenta-Mediated Diseases https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9593634

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Damiano Baldoni - Thinking of You (Intro)
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