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ICT inspiring new strategies for diagnosis and treatment of cancer

10 October 2017

Yifan Chen

Using information and communications technology (ICT) to better diagnose and treat cancer is a leading-edge interdisciplinary field pioneered by Professor Yifan Chen from the School of Engineering at the University of Waikato. It is research that may have important applications for a new breast cancer screening technology currently being trialled in China.

In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on October 17, Professor Chen will talk about how the computing theories used for cancer detection and the communication theories used for  targeted therapies come together to make "ICT Inspired Biomedicine".

He’s working in areas including targeted drug delivery for cancer treatment, in which drugs are sent to specific parts of the body where there is diseased tissue without causing harm to healthy tissue.

Professor Chen also led the team that developed a new non-invasive method of breast screening. A large scale clinical trial began last year, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. The new system aims to scan women in all age groups and all high-risk groups at affordable costs with imaging performance comparable to that of X-ray mammogram, and so it has the potential to transform the existing breast screening programmes worldwide.

Professor Yifan Chen’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture From Biologically Inspired ICT to ICT Inspired Biomedicine is on Tuesday 17 October starting at 5.15pm in the Concert Chamber at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato. It is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 4.30pm in the University of Waikato’s Gate 1 (Knighton Road) carpark.