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Novel Diagnostics and Biomarkers for Early Identification of Chronic Inflammatory Joint Diseases

Objective

Chronic inflammatory diseases of joints are major causes of disability in the ageing population. Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common types of arthritis and a major cause of pain and disability in older individuals. OA is expected to place a heavy burden on European healthcare systems, as European citizens grow older. Cartilage damage in OA is detected radiographically by decreases in joint space width (JSW). However, radiographic evidence is seen only after significant cartilage degradation has already taken place. The early stages of the disease may remain latent and asymptomatic for many years. Therefore, there is an acute need for reliable biomarkers and diagnostic tests that can facilitate earlier diagnosis of OA, and inform the prognosis, monitoring and therapeutic strategies for chronic and disabling forms of this disease. However, there is currently a lack of reliable, quantifiable and easily measured biomarkers that provide an earlier diagnosis of OA, inform on the prognostic of the disease and monitor and predict responses to therapeutic modalities. Biomarkers of tissue turnover in joints can reflect disease relevant biological activity and provide valuable information that may be useful diagnostically and therapeutically, potentially enabling a more rational and personalized approach to healthcare management. The proliferation of omic technologies has facilitated rapid progress in biomarker research. Combinations of omic technologies are dominating the biomarker research arena and are playing increasingly important roles in the identification, validation and qualification of new biomarkers. The aim of the D-BOARD consortium is to bring together leading academic institutions and European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to focus on the identification, validation and qualification of new combination biomarkers and the development of diagnostic tests capable of subclinical disease diagnosis for degenerative and inflammatory diseases of joints.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1
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UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
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Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Sega-Buhalis (Mrs.)
EU contribution
€ 879 154,40

Participants (14)

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
EU contribution
€ 519 273,90
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Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Fiona Airey (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
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€ 668 355
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Halleux (Dr.)
ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM
EU contribution
€ 245 000
Address
Dr Molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hermannus Weinans (Prof.)
BIOMEDIQ AS
EU contribution
€ 187 470
Address
Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Kobenhavn

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Camilla Jørgensen (Ms.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
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€ 363 643
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Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag

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Research Organisations
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Anne-Marie Zuurmond (Dr.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
EU contribution
€ 360 000
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingo Niendorf (Mr.)
NORDIC BIOSCIENCE COMPOUND DEVELOPMENT A/S
EU contribution
€ 648 277
Address
Herlev Hovedgade 207
2730 Helev

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Regitze Lausbak (Ms.)
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
EU contribution
€ 336 720
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Jane Turner (Ms.)
BIOTALENTUM TUDASFEJLESZTO KFT
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€ 403 200,77
Address
Aulich Lajos Utca 26
2100 Goedoello

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Nagy Ildiko (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
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€ 171 230,39
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Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Pam Neagle (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT
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€ 386 312
Address
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Gissela Rijn Van H.A (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM AACHEN
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€ 50 000
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Pauwelsstrasse 30
52074 Aachen

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Volker Legewie (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
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€ 726 166,23
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University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
EDGELEAP B.V.
EU contribution
€ 48 656,40
Address
Hooghiemstraplein 15
3514AX Utrecht

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marijana Radonjic (Dr.)