USI Given National Academy of Medicine Award

The award was for research linking artificial intelligence and aging.

Posted: Sep 24, 2021 3:41 PM

The University of Southern Indiana has received a $50,000 Catalyst Award from the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

The award was given to USI for a project improving emotional well-being and independence for people living with dementia.

Dr. Lisa Fournier of USI entered the NAM Healthy Longevity Global Competition with a proposal to investigate whether an artificial intelligence virtual assistant can create a positive enviornment for people with disabilities.

“Our goal is to harness the power of AI and combine it with joy, meaning and positivity to help people living with dementia grow and rise above the challenges of cognitive disabilities and maintain independence," said Dr. Fournier.

Her application was one or 25 accepted and was announced during a virtual event.

For more information on Dr. Fournier's work, visit her project's website.

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