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Christian Matek Receives the Vision Zero Award 2021

Christian Matek, a physician and physicist at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Department of Medicine III at LMU University Hospital Munich, received the Vision Zero Award 2021 for his work on computer-assisted leukemia diagnostics.

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Matek developed a neural network to support physicians in the evaluation and classification of single cells for leukemia diagnostics. When tested, the deep learning algorithms performed similar to human experts. The prize was awarded during the interdisciplinary symposium “Vision Zero Innovations in Oncology“ for outstanding work in the field of cancer research and diagnostics. Matek’s work was carried out in the lab of Carsten Marr (Institute of Computational Biology at Helmholtz Zentrum München) and that of Karsten Spiekermann (University Hospital of LMU Munich).

“The Vision Zero Award underlines the potential of computer-assisted methods for oncology. I am very pleased that it recognizes our efforts to improve leukemia diagnostics using artificial intelligence,“ says Matek.

The event on “Vision Zero 2021 - Red Card to Cancer“ can be found at this link.

Original Publication:
Matek et al., 2019: Human-level recognition of blast cells in acute myeloid leukaemia with convolutional neural networks. Nature Machine Intelligence, DOI: 10.1038/s42256-019-0101-9