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European Training Network for Excellence in Molecular Imaging in Diabetes

Objective

Currently, 180 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide and this number is expected to double until 2030. Diabetes-related healthcare costs may rise to 40% of the total healthcare budget in high incidence countries. Despite these daunting numbers, our knowledge about the pathophysiology of T1D and T2D remains limited and many questions about the relation of the of the beta cell mass, the beta cell function and the metabolism of different tissues remain unanswered. In order to address these urgent questions, great hope has been put on the development of novel tracers, and functional and molecular imaging methods, which only recently have become available for in vivo diabetes imaging. However, it remains difficult to build up top level expertise as few, if any, European institutions are able to offer a profound combined molecular imaging/diabetes training, a shortcoming that continues to hamper the progress of the field. As a consequence, most available molecular imaging techniques are insufficiently characterised for clinical use in diabetes.
To address this challenge, we propose a training network (“BetaTrain”) to connect academic/private sector partners from 5 leading European FP7 consortia with top level expertise in beta cell/diabetes imaging. Like this, BetaTrain will not only provide a unique multidisciplinary intersectoral training opportunity to young scientists in the field, but will also address the urgent challenges in our combat against diabetes.
In order to non-invasively characterize beta cells and other relevant tissues in animal models and humans suffering from diabetes, it will be necessary to combine different molecular imaging techniques to provide information complementary to that obtained by other imaging, laboratory, and functional tests. The scientific training program of BetaTrain will therefore characterise, cross-calibrate and map these technologies/tracers in order to create the basis for personalised diagnosis and therapy in diabetes.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/endocrinology/diabetes

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 895 961
Administrative Contact
Maarten Van Langen (Mr.)

Participants (9)

UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 470 450
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulf Ahlgren (Mr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 461 604
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elke Lammertyn (Dr.)
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 236 871
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helena Nässén (Ms.)
Institut klinické a experimentální mediciny
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 213 980
Address
Videnska 1958/9
14021 Prague 4
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tomas Linhart (Mr.)
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 456 549
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bernd Pichler (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 492 860
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paolo Meda (Prof.)
Scivis wissenschaftliche Bildverarbeitung GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 924
Address
Bertha-von-suttner-str, 5
37085 Göttingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Uwe Engeland (Dr.)
SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 924
Address
Bruningstrasse 50
65929 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Miranville (Dr.)
NOVO NORDISK A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 293 547
Address
Novo Alle 1
2880 Bagsvaerd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Toby Alexander Brunt (Mr.)