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 The project

 

CardioFunXion provides a platform for industrial-clinical-academic collaboration and will be an example of future partnerships in more efficient and auditable clinical image interpretation tools. All partners bring specific expertise: either they produce workstations (PHILIPS), use them (IDIBAPS, CHUC) or contribute to algorithms to be incorporated into them (UPF). By organising and accelerating exchange of knowledge, experience and tools between the different actors, CardioFunXion will consolidate sustainable partnerships. The project will give early-stage researchers (ESRs) the opportunity to be exceptionally well-placed to become key future contributors to the development of advanced imaging techniques for the assessment of cardiovascular disorders, equipping them with multidisciplinary state-of-the-art skills plus awareness and experience in commercial development, contributing to European scientific and commercial capabilities in an area where technological, scientific and clinical developments are very closely linked.

 Who we are?

 

The program is led by:

  •  Universitat Pompeu Fabra (PhySense Group: Sensing in Physiology and Biomedicine, Department of Information and Communication Technologies) in Barcelona
  •  Philip Research France, Medysis.
  • The Institut de Investigacions Biomediques Agusti Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) in Barcelona and the Centre Hospitalier et Universitaire de Caen are the associated clinical partner. They provide a full immersion in a clinical environment, offering the possibility to understand practical challenges behind problems they are tackling.
 
 

 

 

 

 

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Barcelona Myocardial Strain Hands-on Workshop

Barcelona Myocardial Strain Hands-on Workshop

26.05.2017

CardioFunXion members assisted to the Barcelona Myocardial Strain Hands-on Workshop.

Similarly to last year Marta Sitges, Bart Bijnens and Maja Cikes organized the course. Most of the students came from a clinical background and some of them from the industry. We were working with the software echoPAC from General Electrics loading clinical cases from different hospitals and analyzing the strain curves from different zones to see how they could give information for a diagnosis. 

We started working with cases of non-diseased hearts in the first session observing different echo images and getting used to the strain curves. The first day we analyzed medical images from patients with the following diseases: hypertrophic hearts (HCM), thin myocardium and LBBB (Left bundle branch block).

The second and last day of the course we studied valve diseases, the effect of exercise on the heart and in particular on the Right Ventricle.

 

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The team

 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions European Industrial Doctorate CardioFunXion:Towards a novel paradigm for cardiac function announces 4 PhD fellowships starting end of 2015. PhD students will be supervised by PIs from UPF and Philips (spending 50% of the time in each), and include the collaboration with the two clinical centers involved. 

Phd Students:

ESR1 (Mariana Nogueira)

Longitudinal assessment of cardiac function

Longitudinal assessment of cardiac function

PHILIPS: 18 months (M1-6 and M25-36): implementation of the registration/quantification frame work; phantom and example dataset evaluation.

UPF: 18 months (M7-24): patient studies and evaluation (with IDIBAPS); user interface and integration

ESR2 (Gabriel Bernardino)

Fusion of heterogeneous measurements into a physiological plausible patient representation

Fusion of heterogeneous measurements into a physiological plausible patient representation

UPF: 18 months (M1-12 and M31-36): implementation of the frame work in close collaboration with IDIBAPS

PHILIPS: 18 months (M13-30): Validation of the tools and patient studies (with CHUC)

ESR3 (Èric Lluch)

Open reference databases and tools for the multimodal validation of strain

Open reference databases and tools for the multimodal validation of strain

PHILIPS: 18 months (M1-6 and M25-36): implementation of the frame work (with CHUC)

UPF: 18 months (M7-24): Design of the clinical database (in collaboration with IDIBAPS) and review of strain comparison/standardization tools.(see more) 

ESR4 (Cecília Nunes)

Novel approach for evidence based classification of heart failure etiologies

Novel approach for evidence based classification of heart failure etiologies

UPF: 18 months (M1-12 and M31-36): Implementation of the decision tree extraction and representation including physiological knowledge (in close collaboration with IDIBAPS).

PHILIPS: 18 months (M13-PM30): Integration of cardiac function assessment tools with the machine learning; validation in a CRT patient population (with CHUC)

 

Coordinators:

 

Mathieu de Craene (PHILIPS)

About Us

Partners

 

 

 

  • PhySense, DTIC, UPF: UPF is ranked as the most productive university in Spain in research outcome and attraction of funds (THE2013) and 12th worldwide among young universities (THE2014, 100 under 50). DTIC-UPF community (> 50 nationalities) conducts research in a broad range of fields created around the convergence of ICT with computing science, networks, biomedical and cognitive sciences. The active participation in international programs (leading the participation of Spanish Universities with 66 projects in FP7, including 9 prestigious ERC grants and the Human Brain Project) creates a unique environment for the development of talented researchers.

 

  • Philips Research France: PHILIPS Research Lab in Paris is an image processing competence centre with strong focus on clinical applications. Our mission is to design innovative image enhancement/analysis algorithms and implement them in an efficient way meeting constraints of commercial products. PHILIPS was a pioneer in 3D Ultrasound, being first to introduce a matrix probe, and PHILIPS Research Medisys provided the first quantification tools for analysing cardiac function on those images.

 

  • Institut de Investigacions Biomediques Agusti Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS): The research group on Cardiac Diseases at IDIBAPS envisages of a multidisciplinary approach, which includes several disciplines (cardiologists specializing in electrophysiology, cardiac imaging, radiologists, bioengineers and biologists) covering the entire spectrum of cardiovascular pathology, from basic studies to translational clinical research and therapy.

 

  • Centre Hospitalier et Universitaire de Caen: Caen university hospital is an academic hospital that reaches regional, national and international populations. It is a regional public secondary and tertiary center for all medical and surgical activities, and is affiliated to the University of South Normandy at Caen. In the field of cardiac care, it is a secondary and tertiary center for heart failure, cardiac surgery, cardiac resynchronisation therapy and heart transplantation since 1973. Non-invasive and interventional (cath lab - electrophysiology) imaging facilities provide a large spectrum of modalities.

 

  • INRIA Asclepios: Inria is the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics and promotes “scientific excellence for technology transfer and society”. The Asclepios project has three main objectives:
    • Analysis of Biomedical Images with advanced geometrical, statistical, physical and functional models,
    • Simulation of Physiological Systems with Computational Models built from biomedical images and other signals,
    • Application of previous tools to Medicine and Biology to assist prevention, diagnosis and therapy.

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Contact info

Address:

Edifici Tànger (Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou)
Tànger, 122-140
08018 Barcelona

Phone & Fax:

Tel.: (+34) 93 542 21 73
Fax: (+34) 93 542 25 17

Email:

bart.bijnens@upf.edu | mathieu.de_craene@philips.com