11 Oct 2017

The CardioFunXion project is pleased to announce the organization of its second winter school dedicated to cardiac ultrasound. This winter school will focus on the development of validation methods in cardiac ultrasound, covering recent advances in in-silico, in vitro and in vivo approaches. All invited speakers (morning classes) will present in depth their topic and will have time for interacting with the audience through constructive discussions. Please have a look at our youtube channel for watching talks at previous editions and judge by yourself of the quality of the presentations and discussions.

The winter school will be hosted by CREATIS this year and will take place in Lyon on the INSA campus.


!! Updates !!



19-22 February 2018


INSA campus in Lyon



The complete agenda is given below. Both lectures and practical sessions are proposed.

In terms of lectures, the first day focuses on recent advances in modeling strategies to generate highly realistic cardiac images, both from heart mechanics and imaging perspectives. As synthetic images are often the first level of image processing algorithms, augmenting their realism is expected to have a high impact to improve the relevance of any evaluation based on such data.

The next day adresses key aspects of in vitro validation. The design of heart phantoms is a complicated topic to offer realistic conditions of acquisitions (and image quality) and reflect meaningful patterns in the shape and dynamics of a ventricle. Besides phantom that help quantifying accuracy in controlled conditions, in vitro experiments can also provide insights regarding the structure of the heart tissue. As a novel modality for high resolution imaging of tissue, we will illustrate how Synchrotron based X-ray phase-contrast tomography can bring unique images enhancing structural information of the cardiac tissue and the perspectives it offers to understand at a myofibre resolution how certain pathologies affect cardiac tissue.

The third day of this winter school will describe methods for animal-based validation. We will illustrate two essential uses of animal models: for the validation of image and signal processing methods that quantify disease, by offering a controlled model of the location and the extent of a pathology, and for the understanding of pathophysiology mechanisms in the cardiovascular system.

Finally, our last day will integrate lessons learned from the spectrum of in-silico, in vitro and in vivo approaches from the standpoint of clinical challenges, when it comes to verify the applicability of a software or the reliability of a clinical hypothesis within the context of a clinical study.

We also proposed three practical workshops that will run on the first 3 afternoons of the workshop.

These hands-on sessions offer a unique training opportunity to get your hands dirty while discussing with invited speakers of practical aspects that could not be discussed at morning sessions. By default we will assign you to a new hands-on session everyday but you can specify your prefences in the registration form. 

Detailed agenda



Registration is closed. now open! Please fill in this form to be enrolled.

We will limit the participation to 50 people so make sure you do take your registration as a strong commitment. Would you have to cancel for any unforeseen reason, please unregister by email to make sure we allow all interested people to participate. Registration will be opened until the 19TH OF JANUARY 2018.

You can also leave us your contact details here and we will make sure to keep you informed of all updates about the winter school.

A social event will be organized during the winter school for a moderate cost. Details will be communicated in due time.

Lunches have to be paid for by each participant. A list of restaurants nearby the INSA campus will be communicated to the participants. The map above already gives a few suggestions. 


This meeting is endorsed by the LABEX PRIMES network. A network of more than 190 researchers and research teachers having complementary skills and located in Lyon and in the surrounding Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne region.


This event is made possible thanks to the financial support provided by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 642676 (Cardiofunxion).