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Health-e-Child

Project reference: 027749
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Health-e-Child

From 2006-01-01 to 2010-04-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 16 648 681

EU contribution:

EUR 12 186 270

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP6-2004-IST-4See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

IP - Integrated Project

Integrating medical data to save children’s lives

European researchers hope to help save children’s lives by combining complex biomedical information to treat the most difficult paediatric conditions.

The Health-e-Child project will develop a platform to integrate information from traditional and emerging sources to support personalised and preventative medicine as well as large-scale, data-based biomedical research and training.

The platform will initially be used to collect data about paediatric heart conditions, brain tumours and arthritis. All of these conditions are difficult because the exact causes are unknown, or not fully understood. The conditions may also be difficult to classify, or the treatment uncertain.

The doctors and scientists at the Health-e-Child project hope to advance knowledge of the causes, classification and most appropriate treatment for these conditions by combining all available information.

Unlocking biomedical information

Medical science has amassed a vast quantity of information about health and disease. Genetics looks at organisms on the level of molecules, while cytology studies cells.

Meanwhile clinical medicine looks at individuals while epidemiology studies diseases across entire populations. All of this information is relevant to preventing and treating disease. But currently much of this medical information is locked within specialist fields, and uses specialised computers and programs.

The Health-e-Child project is building a platform to provide access to all such information.

Grid-powered biomedical information

The team is designing the system using grid computing architecture. A grid allows resources, such as storage space and processing power, to be shared among computers on the network. These resources can be harnessed for big computing tasks, like storing or analysing large quantities of data. Grids provide enormous computing power at low cost.

The platform will need all that power to allow users to search, optimise and combine information from different scientific specialities, like genetics, clinical practice or epidemiology.

Modelling disease

For example, doctors and researchers can use the platform to develop new disease models for paediatric conditions. Disease models outline the probable causes and most appropriate treatments for a disease.

The wide range of information supported by the Health-e-Child platform could also help doctors develop new clinical guidelines, or personalised healthcare plans for children. Over time, the system will allow doctors and scientists to perform large-scale, long-term and multi-factorial studies on difficult conditions like juvenile arthritis.

Beyond paediatrics

Ultimately, however, the platform could even be adapted to provide comprehensive information on patients of all ages. The Health-e-Child researchers have designed the platform to be as open and accessible as possible in order to fulfil this long-term vision.

The platform will eventually accept all relevant biomedical information. It allows researchers to combine all types of information about an individual into one, cohesive snapshot of his or her health. It will be able to provide all types of modelling and analyses, which means better and more efficient healthcare.

Objective

There is a compelling demand for the integration and exploitation of heterogeneous biomedical information for improved clinical practice, medical research, and personalized healthcare for the citizens of EU.The Health-e-Child project aims at developing an integrated healthcare platform for European Paediatrics, providing seamless integration of traditional and emerging sources of biomedical information. The long-term goal of the project is to provide uninhibited access to universal biomedical knowledge repositories for personalized and preventive healthcare, information-based biomedical research and training, and informed policy making.The objectives of Health-e-Child are:1. To gain a comprehensive view of a child's health by vertically integrating biomedical data, information, and knowledge, that spans the entire spectrum from genetic to clinical to epidemiological; 2. To develop a biomedical information platform, supported by sophisticated and robust search, optimization, and matching techniques for heterogeneous information, empowered by the Grid;3. To build enabling tools and services on top of the Health-e-Child platform, that will lead to better healthcare solutions in Europe: 3a. Integrated disease models exploiting all available information levels; 3b. Database-guided biomedical decision support systems provisioning novel clinical practices and personalized healthcare; 3c. Large-scale and cross-modality information fusion and data mining for biomedical knowledge discovery.The project focus will be on individualized disease prevention, screening, early diagnosis, therapy and follow-up of paediatric heart diseases, inflammatory diseases, and brain tumours. The project will build a Grid-enabled European network of leading clinical centres that will share and annotate biomedical data, validate systems clinically, and diffuse clinical excellence across Europe by setting up new technologies, workflows, and standards.

Related information

Coordinator contact

Jörg Freund, (Project coordinator)
Tel.: +49 (9131) 84-3389
Fax: +49 (9131) 84133389
E-mail
Jörg Freund, (Project coordinator)
Tel.: +49 (9131) 84-3389
Fax: +49 (9131) 84133389
E-mail

Coordinator

SIEMENS AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 2 082 824


Hartmannstr. 16
91052 Erlangen
Germany
Administrative contact: Joerg Freund
Tel.: +49-9131-843389
Fax: +49-9131-84133389
E-mail

Participants

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 398 001


ROUTE DE MEYRIN CERN
1211 GENEVE 23
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Frederic Hemmer
Tel.: +41-22-7676104
Fax: +41-22-7669215
E-mail
AKTSIASELTS ASPER BIOTECH
Estonia

EU contribution: EUR 240 939


ORU 3
51003 TARTU
Estonia
Administrative contact: MIKK TAMME
Tel.: +3727441556
Fax: +3727442343
E-mail
HELIDE TECNOLOGIA DE LA INFORMACION S.A.
Participation ended
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 0


RAMON DE LA SOTA
46520 PUERTO SAGUNTO
Spain
Administrative contact: Alfonso Rios Alonso
Tel.: 0034-654549647
Fax: 0034-962675464
E-mail
VIRTUAL KNOWLEDGE S.A.
Participation ended
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 0


SAN BERNARDO
28015 MADRID
Spain
Administrative contact: SANTIAGO JIMENEZ BARRULL
Tel.: 0034-630875457
Fax: 0034-915914475
E-mail
ASSISTANCE PUBLIQUE - HOPITAUX DE PARIS
France

EU contribution: EUR 748 769


3 AVENUE VICTORIA
75004 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: YOUNES BOUDJEMLINE
Tel.: 0033144494357
Fax: 0033144495724
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 1 197 980


CHRISTOU LADA 6
10561 ATHINA
Greece
Administrative contact: Yannis Ioannidis
Tel.: +302107275224
Fax: +302107275214
E-mail
ISTITUTO GIANNINA GASLINI
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 1 304 958


Largo Gerolamo Gaslini 5
16147 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: Giacomo PONGIGLIONE
Tel.: 39 010 563 6543
Fax: 39 010 386804
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 796 000


VIA BALBI 5
16126 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: Alessandro Verri
Tel.: +390103536601
Fax: +390103536699
E-mail
LYNKEUS SRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 788 910


VIA LIVENZA 6
00198 ROMA
Italy
Administrative contact: EDWIN MORLEY-FLETCHER
Tel.: +39068440801
Fax: +390685344833
FONDAZIONE GEROLAMO GASLINI
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 159 200


CORSO ITALIA 26
16145 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: Luigi LARGOMARSINO
Tel.: 39 010 369 0701
Fax: 39 010 369 0704
E-mail
FONDAZIONE EUROPEA PER LA GENETICA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 318 400


VIA MASSARENTI 9
40138 BOLOGNA
Italy
Administrative contact: Giovanni Romeo
Tel.: 0039 051 306171
Fax: 0039 051 636400
OSPEDALE PEDIATRICO BAMBINO GESU
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 182 850


PIAZZA SAN ONOFRIO
00165 ROMA
Italy
Administrative contact: Giuseppe Profiti
UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 1 361 160


COLDHARBOUR LANE
BS16 1QY BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Richard McClatchey
Tel.: 0117 328 3176
Fax: 0117 328 2587
E-mail
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 693 981


GOWER STREET
WC1E 6BT LONDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Catherine Owens
Tel.: 0207 813 8179
Fax: 0207 829 8665
E-mail
Record Number: 105287 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11