On Wednesday, 27th November 2019, the College of Medicine, University of Lagos was host to professionals from all walk of life to take part in the 16th Annual Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences on the theme “Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare in a Developing Country: Prospects and Challenges” and the subtheme was “Machine Learning and Robotics”.The Provost, Professor F.E.A Lesi, in his opening address, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Toyin Ogundipe FAS, welcomed the audience to the annual scientific conference by reaffirming the need for medicine to embrace Artificial intelligence (AI) for the good of humanity. He stressed the commitment of the leadership of the university in creating an enabling environment for staff and students wanting to explore the untapped potential of AI and Robotics and recognised students who have made the University proud by winning awards in the area of business simulation and robotics.
Professor J.D. Adeyemi, Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences and Professor A.O. Onakoya, the Chairperson, Conference Committee welcomed the audience to its 16th Annual Conference while accentuating the vision of the University of Lagos “to be a top-class institution for the pursuit of excellence in knowledge, character and service to humanity”. The conference chairperson informed the audience on the need to broaden research data set acquisition for the preparation of the world Machine Learning. She said Artificial Intelligence (A.I) has the power to transform medicine through early diagnosis and tailored treatments.
The Wife of the Governor, Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu who was ably represented by Dr (Mrs) Nike Osa gave a short speech about maternal and neonatal mortality in the health sector and how the Lagos state Governor has prioritised health in its agenda.
The Guest Speaker Dr. Stephen Odaibo, a Medical Doctor, Mathematician and a Computer Scientist from Retina- AI Health, U.S.A spoke extensively about Artificial Intelligence and healthcare in a developing country like Nigeria. He enumerated ways by which physicians can reduce time spent on patients and how best to achieve accurate diagnosis through AI. He also advocated for possible partnership between Retina -AI Health and the College/LUTH as it relates to Health.
Also in attendance are, the Professor S.R.A. Akinbo, Deputy Provost, Professor Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director,LUTH, Mr. Obafemi-Moses, FNIM, College Secretary, Mr. S.A. Akinade, Director of Finance and Mr. N.I. Sobande, Director of Engineering.