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Source: L’Usine Digitale as of 27-05-2020

The University of Burgundy is launching a new university degree dedicated to artificial intelligence around health. Scheduled for October 2020, it is expected to welcome 20 learners, health professionals but also executives and engineers from the digital and healthcare industries.

Next autumn, the University of Burgundy will launch a new university degree “artificial health intelligence”. Until now, the University of Paris-Descartes was the only one in France to offer a teaching combining these two universes. Patrick Callier, head of the laboratory of chromosomal and molecular genetics at the Chu Dijon Bourgogne, had long been interested in the subject and had already joined  Dr. Davide Callegarin  as an assistant in the laboratory of chromosomal and molecular genetics.

The young doctor with an atypical profile began with training as a computer engineer before continuing his studies in health. “Since his arrival, we have been asked for various projects and have become more efficient on repetitive tasks and data processing” Professor Callier. The two men sought to benefit other professionals from artificial intelligence applied to health. “The university degree aims to demystify AI so that my colleagues can take it over, but also that engineers can imagine projects for the health field.”


The training, led by the Joint Unit for Continuous Professional Development in Health (UMDPCS), the Department of the Joint Continuing Education service and alternating of the University of Burgundy (SEFCA), was designed in partnership with several organizations: CESI School of Engineering, the CHU Dijon Burgundy, the Georges-François Leclerc Hospital Centre and the BFCare Division, which unites the health products and services industries of the Burgundy region. The registrations now open are aimed at both health professionals, health science professor-researchers but also executives and engineers from the digital and health industries, as well as phD students and post-doctoral fellows in these specialties.

 “The goal is for a health professional or a company that has a health project around AI to know how to do it, how to use their data and who to turn to to make the idea a reality.” For Professor Callier, artificial intelligence must be integrated into the hospital of tomorrow in both care pathways and treatments. “Thanks to AI we can reduce queues in the ER, select medication according to pathology or perform operations with robotics, all under the control of the doctor.”


To prepare for his university degree, Professor Callier went to the Montreal School of Artificial Health Intelligence. He has brought back the basics of his reflection for the new university degree. For 80 hours, around six modules, the 20 learners will face the challenges and obstacles of AI and will be able to better understand the major applications as well as all the organizational, regulatory, economic and ethical aspects of the sector. In the presence or distance depending on the evolution of the health crisis, local and international experts will deal with the analysis of medical data, medical imaging, drug development, robotics or the city-hospital route.


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