Panel Discussion: Pathways to Innovation for Clinicians and Scientists

Monday, April 22, 2024 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: Asbury Hall A-B, Disney Yacht Club

Panel Titles:

  • AI Solutions for Neurology and Neuroradiology – David Vaillancourt, PhD
  • MONAI – Deep Learning Framework for Medical Imaging AI – Huiwen Ju, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Helps researchers (clinical and scientist non-clinical) to understand ways to accelerate their research
  • Highlight some UF successes with NVATIC
  • Highlight some learnings along the way


  • May Khanna, PhD

About the Speakers:


University of Florida

David Vaillancourt, PhD

David Vaillancourt, PhD, is currently the Orchid Professor and Chair in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the UF College of Health and Human Performance. Vaillancourt’s research focuses on how the brain regulates movement with a specific focus on voluntary and involuntary motor disorders. His research program uses advanced neuroimaging techniques to study the functional and structural changes in the brain of people with motor and cognitive disorders that span Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Vaillancourt has conducted studies investigating interventions including rehabilitative, surgical, and pharmacological interventions, and published this work in journals that include Brain, Annals of Neurology, Journal of Neuroscience, Science Translational Medicine, Lancet Digital Health, JAMA Neurology, Neurology, Human Brain Mapping, Neuroimage, Cerebral Cortex, and Neurobiology of Aging.  He has been continuously funded by NIH since 1999, and now directs several R01/U01 grants from NIH. He has served as Chair of the NIH Study Section Motor Function Speech and Rehabilitation and reviews grants for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and National Parkinson Foundation.  He has been primary mentor on both F32 and K-series awards from NIH. At UF, he created the course entitled “Movement Disorders” which is now the foundation course for a T32 training grant from the NIH for training doctoral students in movement disorders.


UF innovate

Jackson Streeter, MD

Before joining UF Innovate, Jackson was the CEO and executive director of the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund, a seed-stage venture fund investing in companies commercializing technologies developed at Florida universities, colleges or research institutes. Under his direction, the fund created more than 50 companies with private investment matching Florida state funding at a 9:1 ratio. Jackson also served as the CEO of Banyan Biomarkers, a UF startup commercializing the first-ever blood test for traumatic brain injury that received FDA clearance in early 2018. Jackson also founded and served as CEO for PhotoThera, Inc., where he raised more than $120M in private capital and designed and managed five U.S. and international clinical trials for the treatment of stroke. He also co-founded American Veterinary Laser, which was acquired in a private transaction.

Jackson is the inventor of more than 20 patented technologies and the author on multiple scientific publications.

He earned his B.S. degree in biology from the University of Nevada Reno and his M.D. from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, completing a general surgery internship at Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and then primary flight school at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. During his military service, he was the first naval flight surgeon selected as a Top Gun staff instructor, served on several overseas deployments, and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.



Kaleb Smith, PhD

Dr. Kaleb Smith is an accomplished AI and Machine Learning professional with a Ph.D. in Generative AI/ML. He excels in advancing AI technology and market growth. His expertise encompasses developing and deploying machine learning algorithms across various platforms, from embedded systems to high-performance computing clusters. At NVIDIA, he leads collaborations with academic researchers, driving AI research and providing strategic AI solutions. His prior role at Zel Technologies saw him expand the company’s AI/ML division, securing substantial funding and spearheading innovative projects. Dr. Smith’s academic achievements include a strong publication record and significant contributions to the field of AI, demonstrating his commitment to pushing the envelope in AI research and application.



Huiwen Ju, PhD

Huiwen Ju, PhD, is a Solutions Architect on the Higher Education & Research team at NVIDIA. Before joining NVIDIA, she got her PhD in Mathematical Neuroscience from Georgia State University.Ju focuses on helping healthcare researchers leverage NVIDIA’s full-stack solutions to accelerate research.