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Molecular Imaging of Brain Pathophysiology

Objective

BRAINPATH aims to build upon current developments in molecular imaging by creating an academic-industrial training and mobility network for the next revolution of imaging technology. Molecular in vivo imaging is a fertile area which combines expertise, state-of-art equipment and many disciplines and inter-sector work environments. Our goal is to better understand brain diseases and develop new preclinical imaging strategies. We believe optical imaging in particular represents a technology that has the potential to exploit further our knowledge in this area. Our main objective is to train a new generation of medical imaging scientists who, within the next 10-15 years, will bring optical brain imaging to the clinic. Indeed, it is envisaged that in the future optical imaging will be implemented as the fourth clinical modality in conjunction with the three already established clinical imaging techniques of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Molecular in vivo neuro-imaging is rather underdeveloped, with its challenges specific to working on the brain, compared with other organs. Optical imaging can potentially play an important role in the multimodal orchestra together with MRI, PET and CT. Light can be used to measure functional aspects of the brain by either intrinsic monitoring of physiological changes, e.g. fluorescence, absorption, or by external contrast such as the use of fluorescence probes. Importantly, optical imaging is generally non-invasive and the equipment needed for such measurements are of low cost. A final unmet need is to integrate the different imaging modalities so that complementary information can be obtained from each modality. BRAINPATH will address this need and provide novel opportunities for treating important brain diseases. We will exploit this potential through transfer of knowledge between disciplines and sectors through training a next generation of imaging scientists.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

PERCUROS BV
Address
Tarweveld 5
6617 CD Bergharen
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 081 553,14
Administrative Contact
Robbert Van Der Zande (Mr.)

Participants (8)

ICOMETRIX NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 187 647,90
Address
Kolonel Begaultlaan 1B
3012 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dirk Smeets (Dr.)
MEDRES-MEDICAL RESEARCH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 276 975,60
Address
Gleueler Strasse 50
50931 Koln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Wecker (Dr.)
ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 367 025,56
Address
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jaco De Graaf (Mr.)
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ron Heeren (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 432 300
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annemie Van Der Linden (Prof.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 330 506,44
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mathias Hoehn (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 353 664,52
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vasilis Ntziachristos (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 299 866,27
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jantien Manders (Dr.)