EuCanImage: A new large-scale international project funded by the European Commission to build a secure and federated imaging platform for next-generation artificial intelligence in oncology

The EuCanImage consortium is pleased to announce that its €10-million grant proposal has been selected for funding by the European Commission, with a perfect evaluation score of 15/15 points. EuCanImage will build a federated, secure and scalable European cancer imaging platform, with capabilities that will enhance the potential of artificial intelligence in oncology. This 4-year research project will start on 1st October 2020 and will comprise 20 world-renown research institutions, companies and clinical centres across Europe and the United States.

The EuCanImage platform will be populated with a new data resource totalling over 25,000 subjects, which will allow to investigate unmet clinical needs like never before, such as for the detection of small liver lesions and metastases of colorectal cancer, or for estimating molecular subtypes of breast tumours and pathological complete response. Moreover, the cancer imaging platform, leveraging the well-established Euro-BioImaging infrastructure, will be cross-linked to biological and health repositories through the European Genome-phenome Archive, allowing to develop multi-scale AI solutions that integrate organ-level, molecular and other clinical predictors into dense patient-specific cancer fingerprints. Furthermore, to foster international cooperation and leverage existing success stories, the consortium comprises the coordinators of The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA), the US cancer imaging repository funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Karim Lekadir, EuCanImage’s Project Coordinator from the University of Barcelona, declared: “EuCanImage is an unprecedented opportunity to create a long-awaited European platform for sharing and leveraging large-scale cancer imaging and non-imaging data. It will leverage world-renown expertise in the fields of radiomics/radiogenomics, artificial intelligence, data protection, data management, and clinical oncology”.

The EuCanImage consortium consists of the following partners:

  1. Universitat de Barcelona, Spain (Coordinators)
  2. Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands
  3. Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Euro-BioImaging Node, Netherlands
  4. Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  5. Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
  6. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences / The Cancer Imaging Archive, United States of America
  7. Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure, Austria
  8. Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
  9. Lynkeus Srl, Italy
  10. Collective Minds Radiology AB, Sweden
  11. OncoRadiomics SA, Belgium
  12. Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Germany
  13. European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research, Austria
  14. European Society of Oncologic Imaging, Austria
  15. European Association for Cancer Research, United Kingdom
  16. Università di Pisa, Italy
  17. Fundació Clínic Recerca Biomèdica / Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Spain
  18. Umeå Universitet, Sweden
  19. Gdański Uniwersytet Medyczny, Poland
  20. Kauno Klinikos, Lilthuania

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euCanSHare: EU-Canada joint data platform to facilitate multi-study cardiovascular research

Brussels, 11 December 2018

Today, the European Society of Cardiology’s (ESC) office in Brussels hosted the kick-off meeting for the EU-funded project, euCanSHare. The project will create a translational research platform to facilitate cardiovascular data sharing among sixteen leading research centres in the European Union (EU) and Canada. Once established, researchers will benefit from a consolidated one-stop, data shop to perform efficient and effective research that results in tailor-made patient treatment and better cardiovascular disease outcomes.

Even with recent declines in deaths, cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the number one killer in Europe, causing 3.8 million deaths per year across Europe and the Mediterranean (1.8 million deaths in the European Union alone), with 30% premature deaths. Technology and data sharing through compiling and analysing large amounts of cardiovascular data holds the key to reducing premature deaths and increasing quality of life for those living with heart disease. There is a need for data-driven approaches that link molecular, imaging, functional and clinical data. This integration presents a formidable challenge to data storage, management and analysis, IT capacity and accessibility. The euCanSHare project is designed to fill this gap.

The project integrates the most well-established data infrastructures, namely the European Genome-Phenome Archive (EGA), Euro-BioImaging and BBMRI-ERIC, to enhance and standardise data deposition, harmonisation and sharing procedures. It integrates more than 35 Canadian and European cohorts that make up over 1 million records. These cohorts include -omics (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, just to name a few) cardiac imaging and clinical data.

The platform will promote the responsible exchange of data and demonstrate the potential for cardiovascular research in personalised medicine. euCanSHare is committed to reducing the cultural, behavioural and technological barriers to Open Science. This will also allow better policy making as data driven policies unlock the innovation potential and develop better prevention and treatment methods.

The project coordinator, Karim Lekadir, said, “this is an unprecedented opportunity to create a longawaited platform for sharing cardiovascular data across the Atlantic. It can prove a model for expanding data sharing to other disease areas, and in effect, deliver personalised care to reduce premature deaths and improve quality of life.”

euCanSHare is a 4-year (2018-2020), €6-million Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme (grant agreement No 825903), under the call SC1-BHC05-2018 (“International flagship collaboration with Canada for human data storage, integration and
sharing to enable personalised medicine approaches”). All Canadian partners are funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

The euCanSHare project will actively collaborate with other joint Canada-EU projects funded as part of the same aforementioned research call (SC1-BHC-05-2018). These projects are EUCANCan, iReceptor Plus, EUCAN-Connect, CINECA and RECODID, which will cover other biomedical domains such as oncology, immunology, genetics and infectious diseases.

euCanSHare structure and participants
The Consortium consists of sixteen partners coming from academia, medical associations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research centres and data infrastructures:

  1. University of Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Spain (Project Coordinator)
  2. Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Canada
  3. University Hospital of Hamburg (UKE), Germany
  4. Lynkeus (LYN), Italy
  5. Erasmus University Medical Centre (EMC), Netherlands
  6. Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom
  7. The Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University (MCGILL), Canada
  8. KU Leuven (KUL), Belgium
  9. Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), Spain
  10. Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain
  11. European Society of Cardiology (ESC), France
  12. Biobanks and Biomolecular resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium
    (BBMRI-ERIC), Austria
  13. Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University (MCM), Canada
  14. National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland
  15. University of Medicine Greifswald, Germany
  16. Nostrum Biodiscovery (NBD), Spain

CORBEL 2nd Open Call for Research Projects

The CORBEL partners are launching a 2nd Open Call for research projects to meet the prevailing need for combined service provision from multiple research infrastructures across Europe. Taking on board lessons learned from the 1st CORBEL Open Call launched in 2016 and the services running since then, this will continue to provide all academic and industrial scientists in Europe with the opportunity to accelerate their research.

http://www.corbel-project.eu/open-call.html

Europa om de hoek Kijkdagen 2016

In Nederland zijn er heel veel verschillende projecten die financieel worden ondersteund door de diverse Europese fondsen. De Europese Commissie en de Nederlandse overheid vinden het belangrijk om te laten zien wat er met dit geld gebeurt. Daarom organiseren we ieder jaar de ‘Europa om de hoek Kijkdagen’.

De zesde editie van de Kijkdagen staat gepland voor 13 en 14 mei. Tijdens de Europa om de hoek Kijkdagen openen een groot aantal projecten voor jou hun deuren om te laten zien wat zij precies doen.

Voor meer informatie: https://www.europaomdehoek.nl/kijkdagen/

 

Europa om de hoek, May 8-10, 2015

Dit jaar organiseren diverse Europese subsidieprogramma’s in Nederland voor de vijfde keer gezamenlijk de Europa om de hoek Kijkdagen. Tijdens deze dagen willen we zo veel mogelijk mensen laten zien wat er  – bij hen om de hoek – allemaal gebeurt met Europees geld.

www.europaomdehoek.nl

EIBIR Summerschool August 24-28, 2015

The EIBIR Summer School on Neurology Imaging is a multidisciplinary summer school, uniting 50 young researchers coming from a variety of backgrounds. The high scientific level and the relaxed atmosphere invite a close and productive interaction between everybody present, both participants and staff.

Topics

  • Imaging modalities (MR, PET, CT)
  • Quantitative image analysis
  • (Open-source) tools for image analysis
  • Neuro- and population imaging and image analysis in clinical practice
  • Validation and open-source databases
  • Atlases
  • Applications in the clinic
  • Small animals and clinical trials

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