In October 2020, Kenner Family Research Fund (KFRF) and the American Pancreatic Association (APA) are presenting the AI and Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer Virtual Summit. At this event we will explore current efforts in the field, identify needs, initiate a gap analysis, and establish consensus guidelines for using AI and machine learning as tools for risk stratification in early detection of pancreatic cancer. An objective of the Summit is the development of a strategic pathway to move the field forward.

Critical to achieving this purpose are the following goals:

  • Actively engage the expert participants in purposeful conversations, debate, and creative dialogue
  • Create a shared vision for future efforts to develop early detection methodologies for pancreatic cancer
  • Establish communication channels to share information over time
  • Encourage participants to collaborate in this ongoing area of study
  • Build strategic relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate systemic change and future action

The framework for the Summit is based on idea generation, facilitated discussion, and innovative science. Through comprehensive conversations, participants explore opportunities for the use of AI in early detection, with a goal of defining new pathways toward a protocol. The Summit takes place over a two-day period, with each session designed to build upon the others.

Prior to the Summit, each participating expert worked within a group to develop an in-depth analysis on one of the following interrelated topics:

  • Progress, Problems, and Prospects of Early Detection
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • AI and Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer Current Efforts
  • Collaborative Opportunities
  • Moving Forward: Reflections from Government, Industry, and Advocacy

The resulting pre-Summit paper provides a landscape of current efforts in the field, an analysis of gaps, and ideas for innovation and opportunity. This paper, along with a white paper that reflects the actual Summit conversations and articulates next steps, will be published following the event.

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