Google calls for patient involvement

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Patients are being invited to Google's offices in Kings Cross, London for the first public meeting about a new medical research partnership with Google DeepMind and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

The partnership could revolutionise the way professionals carry out eye tests and lead to earlier detection of common eye diseases. 

At the moment, eye health professionals rely on digital scans of the eye to diagnose and determine the correct treatment for common eye conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy.

These scans are highly complex and to date, traditional analysis tools have been unable to explore them fully. It also takes eye health professionals a long time to analyse eye scans, which can have an impact on how quickly they can meet patients to discuss diagnosis and treatment.

This collaboration will see one million anonymised eye scans from Moorfields Eye Hospital being used to train an artificial intelligence (AI) system from Google.

Machine learning algorithms will scour the images for signs of diseases such as AMD and diabetes-related sight loss.

Google Deepmind is encouraging patient and public involvement at every stage of its projects and has already benefited from extensive patient feedback.

The first patient and public engagement event will be on 20 September 2016 at Google's offices in King’s Cross, London.

There is space for 120 attendees. Register to attend here, or for more information email