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Health-e-Child

Project description

Integrated biomedical information for better health 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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-IST-4
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 082 824

Participants (14)

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 398 001
Address
Esplanade Des Particules 1 Parcelle 11482 De Meyrin Batiment Cadastral 1046
1211 Geneva 23
Activity type
Research Organisations
AKTSIASELTS ASPER BIOTECH
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 240 939
Address
Oru 3
51003 Tartu
Activity type
Other
HELIDE TECNOLOGIA DE LA INFORMACION S.A.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ramon De La Sota
46520 Puerto Sagunto
Activity type
Other
VIRTUAL KNOWLEDGE S.A.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
San Bernardo
28015 Madrid
Activity type
Other
ASSISTANCE PUBLIQUE HOPITAUX DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 748 769
Address
3 Avenue Victoria
75000 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 1 197 980
Address
6 Christou Lada Str
10561 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LYNKEUS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 788 910
Address
Via Livenza 6
00198 Roma
Activity type
Other
FONDAZIONE GEROLAMO GASLINI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 159 200
Address
Corso Italia 26
16145 Genova
Activity type
Other
OSPEDALE PEDIATRICO BAMBINO GESU
Italy
EU contribution
€ 182 850
Address
Piazza Sant Onofrio 4
00165 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
ISTITUTO GIANNINA GASLINI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 304 958
Address
Via Gerolamo Gaslini 5
16147 Genova
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
FONDAZIONE EUROPEA PER LA GENETICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 318 400
Address
Via Di Gaibola 16
40136 Bologna
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 796 000
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 693 981
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 361 160
Address
Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments