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Enrik Geissler auf der Digestive Desease Week

June 26, 2024

SECAI Student Visits Harvard Medical School: AI in Gastroenterology Through Clinical Insights

Over the past eight months, SECAI Scholarship holder Enrik Geissler undertook a research internship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Under the guidance of Professor Tyler Berzin, a renowned gastroenterologist and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, Enrik engaged in cutting-edge research. Professor Berzin's work is at the forefront of advanced endoscopy and the integration of artificial intelligence into clinical practice, offering invaluable insights and advancements in the field.

During his time at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Enrik made valuable observations regarding clinical practice in the United States and its healthcare system. Insights were gained into advanced endoscopy, a minimally invasive technique for treating gastrointestinal malignancies. In addition to clinical experiences, the research team explored existing AI applications in gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy, which currently focus on detecting premalignant lesions during screening colonoscopies. Notably, Professor Tyler Berzin is at the forefront of developing cutting-edge AI applications for more advanced procedures. Collaboration with AI researchers from Harvard Medical School facilitated involvement in several innovative projects.

Enrik emphasizes, “Experiencing the clinical and research environment at one of the leading hospitals and universities will definitely shape my endeavors as a young researcher. The drive and willingness to go the extra mile and tackle difficult problems is incomparable.” The results from this research internship were submitted to Digestive Disease Week, the major conference in the field of gastroenterology. With the support of SECAI, Enrik was able to present his poster on an ERCP dataset for advanced endoscopy. This dataset aims to allow further AI researchers to train their models on a well-curated and technically validated set of ERCP images.

As part of its program Research in Academic Projects for Students (RAPS), SECAI finances internships like this, thereby supporting and inspiring young researchers. They are an important part of international exchange among researchers, fostering collaboration and innovation in the field.