The general objective of the proposed post-doct falls within the framework of the RHU BOOSTER (Brain clOt persOnalized therapeutic Strategies for sTroke Emergent Reperfusion; PI: Pr Mikael Mazighi, RHU 2019) and more particularly of work package 2 (WP leader, Tae-Hee Cho). The goal of RHU BOOSTER is to develop personalized, emergency management of ischemic stroke. The aim is to refine the prognostication of patients’ evolution and response to therapy from baseline clinical and radiological characteristics with machine learning (deep learning). Specifically, we aim to develop and validate predictive algorithms of (1) the voxel-wise risk of infarction and (2) of clinical outcome following standard and novel reperfusion strategies.
The work to be carried out as part of the post-doctorate will consist in meeting the following three objectives:
1) Transfer learning. The host team has published early work based on T2-FLAIR MRI ground truth [1-5], however the RHU project database tends to develop mostly on CT ground truth. This implies the need to transfer knowledge of the previously constructed model from MRI to CT. For this, different approaches could be considered (methods of adapting domains or different types of GAN).
2) Integration of heterogeneous data. The host team developed its first models solely on the image database based on the voxel [1-4] or the complete image , but it is known that clinical or biological data also have a weight. in the therapeutic decision. This implies the need to merge heterogeneous data in the same model where different approaches (late, early or in cascades) could be considered and tested.
3) Prediction of clinical outcome. Our team has so far developed predictive models of tissue outcome (extent and location of the final infarct) [1-5] but clinical outcome is a central objective. This requires that the model be taught a regression task (according to a clinical score) and not a classification task. For this, different types of architectures, encoding (integer, one hot encoding) and loss will be considered.
The post-doctoral fellow will work in conjunction with clinical research professionals (clinical studies technician, neurologists and radiologists) researchers and partners in relation to data (image bank and data collection / upload) in order to meet the objectives of the RHU program. The various studies will be based on clinical, biological and imaging data available thanks to the RHU BOOSTER partner teams.