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Healthy Aims

Project ID: 001837
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Nano scale materials and sensors and microsystems for medical implants improving health and quality of life

De 2003-12-01 à 2008-05-31, projet clôturé | Healthy Aims Site web

Détails concernant le projet

Coût total:

EUR 22 538 278

Contribution de l'UE:

EUR 14 999 936

Coordonné à/au(x)/en:

United Kingdom

Appel à propositions:

FP6-2002-IST-1See other projects for this call

Régime de financement:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Smart medical implants to restore bodily functions

Intelligent medical implants being developed in Europe promise to help the blind see, make the deaf hear and allow stroke victims to regain use of their limbs.

Those remarkable applications are among several uses proposed for a series of intelligent implants created by researchers working in the HealthyAims project. They have turned to new microsystems, biomaterials and wireless communication technologies to tackle some common but extremely debilitating medical problems.

The tiny medical systems developed by the team include cochlear implants to improve hearing, retina implants to restore limited vision to people suffering from some forms of blindness, and devices that use electrical signals to stimulate muscles so stroke victims can regain movement. In addition, they have developed a variety of sensors to monitor physical activity, as well as pressure on the brain and in the bladder.

Targeting common, debilitating conditions

The devices, which are implanted in the body and exchange information wirelessly with a wearable computer or a remote base station, could improve the lives of people suffering from conditions such as stroke, blindness, deafness, incontinence, glaucoma or hydrocephalus, among many others.

Research suggests that about half of the population of Western countries – an estimated 500 million people – can expect to suffer at some point in their lives from at least one of the medical conditions targeted by the HealthAims project.

Stroke victims who have lost the use of an arm, for example, will benefit from a functional electrical stimulation (FES) implant developed by the researchers. The implant stimulates muscles with electrical signals, allowing those affected to open and close their hands and grasp objects.

Providing power and sharing information

To create electronic implants that can function autonomously, the researchers had to overcome two hurdles. One was the need for independent sources of power for the implant. The other obstacle was to design a means of transmitting and receiving information between the implant and an external computer.

To address the first issue, the project partners developed tiny rechargeable batteries as well as a self-sustaining fuel cell that uses the body’s own glucose (blood sugar) to create energy.

To solve the second problem, they developed a wireless body area network based on the Medical Implants Communications Service (MICS) standard. The standard was developed for the transmission of radio waves from an implant to a receiver worn on the body.

The wireless system can also send information to a base station up to three metres away, allowing doctors to monitor patients’ health and check how well the implanted devices are functioning, for example.

New biomaterials

Because anything implanted into the patient’s body must be protected from bodily fluids and must be designed to last, the team also worked on the development of new materials, including a modified silicone and diamond-like coating.

The researchers note that their work in the microsystems domain, particularly their innovations in wireless communications and powering tiny devices, could be applied outside of the healthcare field to other ambient intelligence systems. Adaptations of the technology could be used to connect sensors and devices around the home or to monitor the well-being of the elderly.

Objectif

In this project key microsystem technologies and communication methods will be developed that bring intelligence directly to the human, in the form of medical implants and ambulatory measurement systems, and also enable information from these devices to be transmitted out into the wider environment. The microsystem technologies to be developed can be applied to any generic Ambient Intelligent system comprising sensors, actuators, an intelligent processor and a wiring loom. The medical applications have been chosen for 2 reasons. Firstly, they will progress the existing State of the Art in Microsystems in terms of size, reliability, and power constraints far more than many other application sectors. In addition, there will be a direct positive impact into the health of EU citizens. The overall objective is to develop the technologies that go to make up a microsystem, and then produce specific medical devices to exploit these technologies. The 4 year project, with 27 partners, is structured with the focus on the microsystem technology development, most of which does not include silicon. This is seen as crucial if complete microsystems are to be realised in the coming few years. This project includes participants from all of the disciplines necessary to produce a complete generic microsystem. The result will be a range of core technologies and medical devices utilising these core technologies. Intelligence will be given back to people where part of their own internal system has failed. Quality of life will be improved for millions of EU citizens and the long term cost of treating people will reduce significantly. The resulting final medical products include cochlear and retina implants, nerve stimulation, bladder control and pressure monitoring systems. It is estimated from the available statistics that around 50% of the western population i.e. around 500 million citizens, will suffer from at least one of the health problems targeted in this project.

Coordonnées du coordinateur

Diana HODGINS, (Coordinator)
Tél.: +44-1438-822822
Fax: +44-1438-822811
E-mail

Coordinateur

EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY FOR BUSINESS LIMITED
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 1 356 736,98


Codicote Innovation Centre, St Albans Road
SG4 8WH Codicote
United Kingdom
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Diana Hodgins
Tél.: +44-1438-822822
Fax: +44-1438-822811

Participants

UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Fin de participation
Austria

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 28 535


DR. KARL LUEGER-RING 1
1010 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Michaela Velikay-Parel
Tél.: +43-1-404007940
Fax: +43-1-404007932
MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAT GRAZ
Austria

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 376 757,14


AUENBRUGGERPLATZ
8036 GRAZ
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Michaela Velikay-Parel
Tél.: +43-1-404007940
Fax: +43-1-404007932
UNDEFINED
Belgium

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


Street, 1
Town
Belgium
Activity type:
Contact administratif: Firstname2 Lastname2
Tél.: 0123456789
Fax: 0123456789
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
Belgium

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 360 508,49


KAPELDREEF 75
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Eric Beyne
Tél.: +32 16821261
Fax: +32 16281501
E-mail
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


ECUBLENS
1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Arnaud Bertsch
Tél.: +41-21-693-6606
Fax: +41-21-693-5950
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 614 470,10


FAHNENBERGPLATZ
79085 FREIBURG
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Jens Ducree
Tél.: +49-761-2037324
Fax: +49-761-2037322
CAMPUS MICRO TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 714 910


UNIVERSITAETSALLEE 29
28359 BREMEN
Germany
Activity type:
Contact administratif: Torsten Eggers
Tél.: +49-421-2020783
Fax: +49-421-2020900
E-mail
IIP - TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 1 207 886,80


NIEBUHRSTRASSE 1A
53113 BONN
Germany
Activity type:
Contact administratif: Holger Becker
Tél.: +49-228-969550
Fax: +49-228-9695522
VDI/VDE INNOVATION + TECHNIK GMBH
Fin de participation
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 178 184,15


RHEINSTRASSE 10 B
14513 TELTOW
Germany
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Thomas Baal
Tél.: +49 3328 435272
Fax: +49 3328 435105
E-mail
microTEC Gesellschaft fuer Mikrotechnologie mbH
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 340 849,19


BISMARCKSTRASSE 142B
47057 DUISBURG
Germany
Activity type:
Contact administratif: Helge Bohlmann
Tél.: 0203 306 2054
Fax: 0203 306 2069
E-mail
HAHN-SCHICKARD-GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANGEWANDTE FORSCHUNG E.v.
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 157 674,57


WILHELM-SCHICKARD-STRASSE 10
78052 VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN
Germany
Contact administratif: Thomas Link
Tél.: (49-7721)943171
Fax: (49-7721)943210
UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI
Spain

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 503 206,41


C/ DE ESCORXADOR S/N
43003 TARRAGONA
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Ioanis Katakis
Tél.: +34-977-55-9655
Fax: +34-977-55-9667
COMMISSARIAT A L' ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 795 577,55


17 RUE DES MARTYRS
38054 GRENOBLE
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: SEBASTIEN FALANGA
Tél.: +33 4 3878 5711
Fax: +33 4 3878 5198
E-mail
THE NEXUS ASSOCIATION
Fin de participation
France

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 133 649,71


17 RUE DES MARTYRS
38054 GRENOBLE
France
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Robert Edward TURNER
Tél.: +33438784347
Fax: +33438784347
SAFT SA
France

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 167 592,34


12 RUE SADI CARNOT
93170 BAGNOLET
France
Activity type:
Contact administratif: Michel BROUSSELY
Tél.: +33-5-4955-4829
Fax: +33-5-4955-5630
E-mail
ASSUTA MEDICAL CENTERS LTD
Israel

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 113 057,48


62 JABOTINSKY ST.
62748 TEL AVIV
Israel
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Andy Wolff
Tél.: +972-3-520-1593
Fax: +972-3-520-1797
INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGII ELEKTRONOWEJ
Poland

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 258 519,30


AL. LOTNIKOW 32/46
02-668 WARSZAWA
Poland
Contact administratif: Piotr Grabiec
Tél.: +48227165990
Fax: +487165991
E-mail
QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 582 725,91


MILE END ROAD
E1 4NS LONDON
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: PANKAJ VADGAMA
Tél.: +44-20-78825151
Fax: +44-20-89831799
E-mail
FINETECH MEDICAL LIMITED
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 447 972,22


C/O PS PARTNERSHIP CULPITT HOUSE 74/78 TOWER CENTRE
AL10 0TQ HATFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE
United Kingdom
Activity type:
Contact administratif: John Spensley
Tél.: +44-1707-330942
Fax: +44-1707-334143
COCHLEAR EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 651 382,50


22/24 WORPLE ROAD
SW19 4DF LONDON
United Kingdom
Activity type:
Contact administratif: Ben Kloeck
Tél.: +32-3-830-7200
Fax: +32-3-830-7800
E-mail
NORTH BRISTOL NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE TRUST
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 462 100,26


BECKSPOOL ROAD
BS16 1JE FRENCHAY BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Roger Feneley
Tél.: +44-1179-186679
Fax: +44-1179-753774
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 1 664 056


6 KENSINGTON TERRACE
NE1 7RU NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Kenneth Snowdon
Tél.: +441912227362
Fax: +441912223528
E-mail
TWI LIMITED
Fin de participation
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 166 914,50


GRANTA PARK, GREAT ABINGTON
CB1 6AL CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: David Pedder
Tél.: +44-1223-891162
Fax: +44-1223-892588
E-mail
ZARLINK SEMICONDUCTOR LIMITED
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 1 208 753,78


CHENEY MANOR
SN2 2QW SWINDON, WILTSHIRESWINDON WILTSHIRE
United Kingdom
Activity type:
Contact administratif: Martin McHugh
Tél.: +44-1291-435342
Fax: +44-1291-435291
CENTRAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES LIMITED
Fin de participation
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


DAWLEY ROAD
UB3 1HH HAYES, MIDDLESEX
United Kingdom
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Michael Jackson
Tél.: +44-208-8487472
Fax: +44-208-8486442
E-mail
MEDIPLUS LIMITED
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 352 093,36


7-8 EGHAMS COURT, BOSTON DRIVE
SL8 5YS BOURNE END
United Kingdom
Activity type:
Contact administratif: Robert Urie
Tél.: +44-1494-551200
Fax: +44-1494-536333
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 677 213,80


43, THE CRESCENT
M5 4WT SALFORD
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Laurence Kenney
Tél.: +44-1612952289
Fax: +44-1612952668
E-mail
THE SALISBURY HEALTH CARE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE TRUST
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 771 691,06


ODSTOCK ROAD
SP2 8BJ SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Paul Nicholas Taylor
Tél.: +44-1722-429119
Fax: +44-1722-425263