DURHAM, N.C., March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mice brains
and machine learning may lead to a new way to treat depression,
according to a new paper published in the journal Cell and
co-authored by Infinia ML Chief Scientist Larry Carin, Ph.D.
The paper describes how scientists measured electrical signals
in the brains of both observably resilient, active mice and
observably depressed, inactive mice. The complexity and scale of
the available data, gathered from 18 regions of the brain, then
required advanced machine learning for analysis. In effect,
scientists trained a learning algorithm to map each brain's
connections. They found a pattern in the resilient mice that
differed from the depressed.
"We wanted to understand the traffic flow of a healthy brain,"
said Carin, the project's machine learning lead. "That had not been
done before, and machine learning helped us overcome that key
This new understanding of the brain's electrical system brings
new potential for treatment in mice. More importantly, the research
lays groundwork for future advances in human mental health. When
scientists measure the relevant patterns in human brains, advanced
machine learning could help them assess and treat depression.
Meanwhile, Carin's company, Infinia ML, is already busy applying
machine learning techniques to biological and medical breakthroughs
from cancer detection to genetic screening.
"Machine learning offers new ways for us to understand our
bodies and minds," said Carin. "And the best part is, we're just
About Infinia ML
Infinia ML empowers companies to make smarter decisions
and automate complex business processes by leveraging the latest
breakthroughs in machine learning. Infinia ML has a team of leading
AI researchers and deep learning experts that have published
hundreds of peer-reviewed papers through top machine learning
conferences and journals.
Backed by noted private equity firm Carrick Capital Partners,
the Durham, North Carolina company
is led by CEO Robbie Allen, an
experienced AI entrepreneur, and Chief Scientist Lawrence Carin, Ph.D., the Duke University Vice Provost for Research and
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