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Imaging the Force of Cancer

Objective

Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in EU member states with ~90% of all cancer deaths caused by metastatic spread. Despite its significance, measuring metastatic potential as well as potential indicators of therapy efficacy remain unmet clinical challenges. Recently, it has been demonstrated in vitro, that aggressive metastatic cells pull on their surroundings suggesting that metastatic potential could be gauged by measuring the forces exert by tumours. Furthermore, many solid tumours show a significantly increased interstitial fluid pressure (IFP) which prevents the efficient uptake of therapeutic agents. As a result, a reduction in IFP is recognized as a hallmark of therapeutic efficacy. Currently, there is no non-invasive modality that can directly image these forces in vivo.
Our objective is the non-invasive measurement of both IFP within tumours as well as the forces they exert on their surrounding environment. This will be used to predict a tumour’s metastatic potential and importantly, changes in these forces will be used to predict the therapeutic efficacy of drug therapy. To attain this goal, the biomechanical properties of the tumour and its neighbouring tissue will be measured via MR-elastography at various measured deformation states. Resultant images will be used to reconstruct images of the internal and external forces acting on the tumour. We call this novel imaging modality Magnetic Resonance Force (MRF) imaging .
We will calibrate MRF via cell cultures and pre-clinical models, and then test the method in breast, liver, and brain cancer patients. Thereby, we will investigate whether MRF data can predict metastatic spread and measure IFP in patients. We will also investigate the potential to non-invasively modulate the force environment of cancer cells via externally applied shear forces with the aim of impacting cell motility and proliferation. This can provide novel mechanism for anticancer therapeutic agents via mechanotransduction.

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-PHC-2015-two-stage

Coordinator

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Net EU contribution
€ 2 196 560,00
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

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London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 2 196 560,00

Participants (19)

THE INSTITUTE OF CANCER RESEARCH: ROYAL CANCER HOSPITAL
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 631 701,25
Address
Old Brompton Road 123
SW7 3RP London

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 631 701,25
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
CHARITE - UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN BERLIN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 515 000,00
Address
Chariteplatz 1
10117 Berlin

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Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 515 000,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 328 270,00
Address
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 328 270,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITE PARIS CITE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 14 830,00
Address
85 Bd Saint Germain
75006 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 14 830,00
ASSISTANCE PUBLIQUE HOPITAUX DE PARIS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 271 020,00
Address
3 Avenue Victoria
75000 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 271 020,00
UNIVERSITAT BASEL
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
Address
Petersplatz 1
4051 Basel

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Nordwestschweiz Basel-Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
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Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UNIVERSITATSSPITAL BASEL
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
Address
Hebelstrasse 32
4031 Basel

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Nordwestschweiz Basel-Stadt
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 603 200,00
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo

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Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 603 200,00
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Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

OSLO UNIVERSITETSSYKEHUS HF
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 127 800,00
Address
Kirkeveien 166 Tarnbygget
0450 Oslo

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Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 127 800,00
UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
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€ 503 500,00
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig

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Sachsen Leipzig Leipzig
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 503 500,00
SCREENCELL

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France
Net EU contribution
€ 322 500,00
Address
10 Avenue Charles Peguy Centre Roger Perez
95200 Sarcelles
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Val-d’Oise
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 322 500,00
CERMAKOVA IVA
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 150 375,00
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 150 375,00
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 98 500,00
Address
Viking House Ellingham Way
TN23 6NF Ashford

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
South East (England) Kent Mid Kent
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 98 500,00
PHILIPS MEDICAL SYSTEMS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
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€ 0,00
Address
Veenpluis 6
5684 PC Best

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Noord-Brabant Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant
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€ 0,00
SANOFI-AVENTIS RECHERCHE & DEVELOPPEMENT
France
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€ 0,00
Address
Pierre Brossolette 1
91380 Chilly Mazarin

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Essonne
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Australia
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€ 0,00
Other funding
€ 0,00
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Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH ASUTRALIA
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
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€ 0,00
BRIGHAM INC
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 49 375,00
Other funding
€ 49 375,00