Using AI to help aging populations live better — microbiome may be the key

Using #AI to help Aging Populations Live Better  @UCSDnews  #IBMResearch

  • To help us do so, UC San Diego is launching a collaboration with IBM Research to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations.
  • The new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL), located on our La Jolla campus, will combine the technology, cognitive and life sciences strengths of IBM and UC San Diego.
  • At UC San Diego, we’re bringing together top researchers from across our campus including computer science and engineering, the San Diego Super Computer Center, cognitive science, the Center for Microbiome Innovation, medicine including psychiatry, and the Qualcomm Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.
  • Hands-on research experience with UC San Diego and IBM scientists will be complemented by jointly taught classes and seminars, and will showcase opportunities for trainee and faculty projects.
  • This project is supporting 15 UC San Diego faculty members, along with 46 students, postdocs and research staff.

UC San Diego and IBM Research will use AI to study the impact of genetics and the human microbiome on the cognition of older adults.

The world’s population is rapidly aging: today there are 617 million people over the age of 65. By 2050, that number will jump to 1.6 billion. The population of seniors over 80 is expected to triple in that timeframe, and in some Asian and Latin American countries, it’s expected to quadruple. People might be living longer, but that doesn’t mean they are living better.

IBM Research and UC San Diego have announced a multi-year commitment to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations. Photo: National Institute on Aging

As people age, cognitive health—the ability to think clearly—can decline. Cognitive decline can determine whether older people live independently, which can, in turn, affect their health and happiness. Medical diseases, as well as many medications, can result in adverse cognitive impacts and compromised functioning for older adults. This is why we must better leverage technology and data to provide opportunities for seniors to continue living meaningful, productive lives.

To help us do so, UC San Diego is launching a collaboration with IBM Research to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations. We are privileged to be the first West Coast university to partner with IBM’s Cognitive Horizons Network. The new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL), located on our La Jolla campus, will combine the technology, cognitive and life sciences strengths of IBM and UC San Diego.  Together, we will promote critical research and applications in two thematic areas: Healthy Aging…

Using AI to help aging populations live better — microbiome may be the key