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Training research pioneers by utilizing and validating the promise of electroporation for minimal invasive oncological treatments.

Objective

The ElectroPros action aims to optimally prepare young researchers for the evolving technology in the healthcare space, especially related to minimal invasive oncology therapies, by offering a unique set of targeted interdisciplinary training and research assignments in the areas of biophysics modelling and simulation, device physics, optimization algorithms, software integration and experimental validation. Four European Industrial Doctorate positions are offered to Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for a period of three years. In the training program a combination of industrial, academic and clinical research environments are provided by Philips, the University Clinic Aachen and RWTH Aachen, to explore the field of electroporation, as a new and promising technique for minimal invasive oncology treatment.
Based on sound career development plans, and coached by experienced supervisors, the four ESRs involved will develop a competence profile which will springboard their future career in the wide European medical community in the industrial, clinical and academic domain. These researchers have the potential to become pioneers for new minimally-invasive therapies for the oncology domain.
During their training, the ESRs will work on electroporation based treatment of cancer. The ESRs address shortcomings of the currently available equipment to enable for the first time ever a reliable patient-specific electroporation based treatment for cancer. With a focus on liver cancer, the ESRs will collectively establish novel insights on the biophysical effects on various tissues, important to understand the treatment effect, and integrate this knowledge in optimal device (needle) design and multi-physics models for treatment outcome prediction and inverse planning algorithms. Furthermore, the developed assets will be integrated in clinical prototype software to support and optimize the clinical workflow.

Coordinator

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Net EU contribution
€ 265 619,88
Address
High Tech Campus 52
5656 AG Eindhoven
Netherlands

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Region
Noord-Brabant Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (1)

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM AACHEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 758 365,20
Address
Pauwelsstrasse 30
52074 Aachen

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00