PHELINETProject reference: 36002
Funded under: FP6-MOBILITY
Polarized Helium Lung Imaging Network
Total cost:EUR 1 971 284
EU contribution:EUR 3 702 750
Call for proposal:FP6-2005-MOBILITY-1
Funding scheme:RTN - Marie Curie actions-Research Training Networks
The PHELINET proposal aims at developing and applying "innovative and non-invasive lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for clinical diagnosis and validation of lung therapy". This RTN program addresses the increasing demand on active co-operation and transfer of knowledge, between academic, clinical and industrial centres. This interdisciplinary proposal gathers MR physicists, engineers, radiologists, clinicians, and human and animal lung physiologists.
This collaborative team was brought in the first instance through a highly successful EC 5th framework project (http://www.phil.ens.fr). In this RTNprogram the active involvement of major European industrial groups has been encouraged with new partners recruited from the fields of pharmaceuticals, MR contrast agents and MR hardware. The research program is focused on the finalization of efficient and robust tools through scientific methodological investigation, as well as the realization of the strong potential of this technology for a variety of selected medical applications (COPD, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, asthma, air pollutant impact).
The bio-medical research will focus on end-point observation of drug therapy trials and help in drug development on selected animal models (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease s, asthma, tobacco effects, pulmonary embolism). This RTN program will provide the much needed means for increased mobility of all involved researchers between university laboratories, hospitals, and industrial development centres. This action is also particularly suited to support the planned coordinated and structured training by top-ranking specialists from a large spectrum of fields (basic sciences, medicine, and technology). The training program is primarily designed for the young European researchers entering the field through this network, with some activities also open to all potential end-users in Europe.
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