Jocelyn Dunstan in Congreso Futuro: “It is necessary for Chileans to know what research is being done with their money”.

Jocelyn Dunstan in Congreso Futuro: “It is necessary for Chileans to know what research is being done with their money”.

Jocelyn Dunstan, researcher at the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of the University of Chile and PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, participated in the tenth version of Congreso Futuro, the largest scientific dissemination event in Latin America and one of the most important scenarios in the world on the subject.

Dunstan spoke on the panel entitled “The Silent Diseases” together with Ximena Ramos, Director of Research and Policy at Obesity Canada; Daniel Kraft, Director of Medicine and Neuroscience at Singularity University; and Frances Ashcroft, Royal Society GlaxoSmithkline Research Professor at the University Physiology Laboratory of the University of Oxford.

“Participating in Congreso Futuro is an honor, and I was very happy with the reception of my talk. I have received many messages on social networks and as a scientist I am not used to this, so it feels like being in a science party. Congreso Futuro seems to me a tremendous initiative that I experienced as a spectator in previous years and now as a participant. The quality of the production behind the event is impressive,” said Dunstan.

The more than three thousand people who attended his talk, which was broadcast via streaming on, learned about the research she leads together with a team of researchers and students. There, Dunstan focuses on creating tools for the automated analysis of clinical narratives produced in Chile.

As she stated in her lecture, the goal is to automatically process medical texts in order to assign numbers or codes to key information provided by patients. By standardizing clinical narratives, it becomes easier to plan long-term health strategies or generate clinical guidelines to guide the country’s public health.

“I loved doing outreach because I think it is necessary for Chileans to know what we do with their tax money. In addition, it serves to inspire new generations to learn more about the different areas of knowledge. And as a woman in STEM, I feel committed to letting girls and adolescents know that women lead research projects and that they can too,” emphasized Dunstan.


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Posted on Jan 20, 2021 in Frontpage, News