Invited Talk: Farah Deeda (U British Colombia) – Understanding the Placenta: Towards an Accessible and Effective Pregnancy System, Wed. March 23rd, 2022, 4 PM CET

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It’s a great pleasure to welcome Farah Deeba to our lab as an invited speaker for a presentation on quantitative ultrasound.

Title: Understanding the Placenta: Towards an Accessible and Effective Pregnancy System
Time: Wed. March 23rd, 2022, 4 PM CET

Abstract: Maternal mortality rates worldwide are unacceptably high. Early detection and timely management of pregnancy complications could prevent most of these deaths. Unfortunately, current ultrasound-based pregnancy screening tools are dependent on system settings and user interpretation (contributing to inequity to access). Also, existing screening tools do not offer adequate placental evaluation (often leading to delayed and inaccurate diagnosis). My research aims to design an objective and effective pregnancy screening system that would evaluate placental development and function across the pregnancy. This talk will present an overview of my Ph.D. research, focused on identifying and measuring non-invasive imaging biomarkers corresponding to placental microstructure using a system- and user-independent Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS) approach. I will also present my vision to adopt an integrated approach to link the macro-level structural and functional information with the micro-level molecular signature, thereby generating a holistic, multi-factorial signature of the placenta.

Short Bio: Farah Deeba is a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of British Columbia, where she is advised by Dr. Robert Rohling. Farah’s research interests lie in the field of medical imaging, with a focus on placental tissue characterization using quantitative ultrasound. Farah is a recipient of the Schlumberger Faculty for Future Fellowship and the 2020 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant. She was also nominated as one of the Rising Stars 2020 (Berkeley EECS).

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