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10 Apr 2019 von lbirud

Julia Pazmandi wins Falling Walls Lab Austria competition

Congratulations to our PhD student Julia Pazmandi for winning the first prize at the Falling Walls Lab Austria competition.

During her 3 minute presentation with the title „Breaking the Wall of Science and Fiction“, Julia Pazmandi convinced the jury of her project idea – using a combination of human and artificial intelligence to better understand rare diseases, make faster diagnoses, and be able to find and apply therapies. For this purpose, a Virtual Reality (VR) platform (CeMM’s VR Holodeck) is used, where researchers can intuitively explore biomedical data and access molecular networks of rare diseases.

Julia Pazmandi
Currently, Julia Pazmandi is a PhD student at CeMM (Research Center for Molecular Medicine) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and at the LBI-RUD in the group of Kaan Boztug. The presented project is a collaboration with the group of Jörg Menche at CeMM.

Falling Walls Lab
The first Falling Walls Lab took place in Berlin in 2011 and these events are now being held in over 50 countries worldwide. The final with approx. 100 winners from the international Labs, takes place on November 8 in Berlin each year. The goal of the Falling Walls Lab is to promote scientific and entrepreneurial innovations, and to foster the exchange between excellent researchers and experts from different fields.

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picture © Lunghammer, TU Graz: TU Graz Rector Harald Kainz, Julia Pazmandi and Hans Sünkel, Chair of the Jury