Our bodies are like cars – they need regular checkups and maintenance. But, unfortunately, most of us bring our cars in for service (e.g., pinpointing leaks before they get serious & regular oil changes every 6,000 miles) more than we schedule regular check-ups for ourselves. Computer science mastermind and former astrophysicist, Larry Smarr, Ph.D., aims to change this . . .
Dr. Smarr, the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and Harry E. Gruber Professor in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School, is not only interested in math and supercomputers, he’s also interested in changing the face of healthcare by using technology to regularly map the human body to discover potential problems before they start.
Picture it – if data were regularly collected from our bodies, tested, mapped and interpreted, we would have the power to preemptively diagnose issues before they become a problem – we could then take preventive measures to stop the potential problems from occurring. Doing this, with the help of modern technology, is what Dr. Smarr and others like Eric Topol envision is on the horizon of healthcare.
“So, when Larry talks about the potential for computers to help us understand our bodies, he isn’t talking about their showing us more isolated details about an unfathomably complex system; he’s talking about knowing everything.”
Learn more from Dr. Smarr at the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference.
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