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Health-e-Child

Health-e-Child

Objective

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.

Coordinator Contact

Jörg Freund (Dr.)

Coordinator

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Address

Werner-Von-Siemens-Str. 1
80333 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 2 082 824

Administrative Contact

Joerg Freund (Dr.)

Participants (14)

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EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 398 001

AKTSIASELTS ASPER BIOTECH

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 240 939

HELIDE TECNOLOGIA DE LA INFORMACION S.A.

Spain

VIRTUAL KNOWLEDGE S.A.

Spain

ASSISTANCE PUBLIQUE - HOPITAUX DE PARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 748 769

ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 1 197 980

LYNKEUS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 788 910

FONDAZIONE GEROLAMO GASLINI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 159 200

OSPEDALE PEDIATRICO BAMBINO GESU

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 182 850

ISTITUTO GIANNINA GASLINI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 304 958

FONDAZIONE EUROPEA PER LA GENETICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 318 400

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 796 000

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 693 981

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 361 160

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 027749

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    30 April 2010

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 16 648 681

  • EU contribution

    € 12 186 270

Coordinated by:

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany