2022 Cooper Award: Biomarkers for automatically identifying brain injury at birth
Dr Hamid Abbasi, University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau, has been presented the Cooper Award for developing a method for automatically identifying biological markers of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury at birth.
Presented for developing advanced technology for automatically identifying biological markers of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury (HI) at birth. HI results from reduced oxygen delivery and blood supply but is challenging to diagnose partly due to a lack of robust biomarkers.
Using a sheep animal model, Hamid has identified promising prognostic biological signatures of the injury, in the form of subtle high-frequency spike transients in the electroencephalographic (EEG) electrical brain signals. These can be seen in the first 6 hours after HI, when it would be optimal to start potential neuroprotective treatments.
His advanced machine-learning framework, based on deep-learning technology, can accurately identify and quantify these subtle wave-form signatures in real-time, with accuracy of over 99.8% and could be a game-changer for treating at-risk infants.
For encouraging research excellence in technology, applied science and engineering by early career researchers in New Zealand.
For the development of advanced technology for automatic identification of biological markers of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury at birth.