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Focus on AI at world's largest gathering of eye specialists

Artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in ophthalmology was a central theme of the 2023 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting, held in San Francisco, November 3 – 6. The AAO is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, attracting a community of 17,000 to this year’s congress.

Reflecting increasing research activity centred on AI, the 2023 program included more than 50 presentations on using AI to advance discovery and innovation in the field. Three of the 12 Best Original Papers for 2023, chosen by expert panels, featured AI-enabled research.

The heightened focus on AI follows the creation of the AAO’s Artificial Intelligence Committee in 2021, acknowledging the growing importance and relevance of AI in ophthalmology.

Consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London, Pearse Keane is one of nine members on the Committee. While at AAO, Pearse was invited to discuss RETFound, the world's first AI foundation model for ophthalmology, made open source to support researchers globally.

Watch Pearse Keane explaining the AI foundational model RETFound.

This video has been provided courtesy of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). To view the original version, and access more multimedia resources, please visit the AAO website here.

In addition to his work at Moorfields, Pearse is Professor of Artificial Medical Intelligence at University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology, and director of the INSIGHT Health Data Research Hub Programme, the world’s largest bioresource of ophthalmic images linked to clinical data.

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