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Transforming Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy into a Clinical Tool

Objective

In vivo Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Spectroscopic Imaging (MRS(I)) are unique, indispensable techniques for non-invasive metabolic imaging. Important areas where MRS(I) can make a difference are oncology and neurology, where metabolic changes due to, e.g., tumour formation, can be detected earlier and more sensitively than with morphological imaging modalities alone. Despite its huge proven potential, MRS(I) is not yet a routine clinical tool operated solely by clinicians. This requires reliable automation of complex procedures, strengthening standardisation and quality control. This in turn requires significant research progress and training of a new generation of scientists. Specifically, TRANSACT aims at:
- Training 13 young scientists as future leaders in the field of MRS(I), capable of contributing with essential new developments such as spectral quality assurance criteria and standards, and optimal exploitation of complementarities between multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging modalities.
- Pursuing research advances in theoretical and practical aspects of MRS, in particular experimental design by quantum mechanical simulation, data acquisition, data processing, data fusion and biomedical applications in oncology and neurology.
- Establishing Europe as leader in the field within three sectors: academia, industry, clinic.
TRANSACT links 10 academic and 4 industrial partners with complementary expertise in basic science, clinical research and information technology. Through a detailed training programme consisting of individual research projects, well-targeted secondments, scientific network-wide workshops, transferable skills courses, and individualized progress follow-up, TRANSACT will ensure a successful outcome in terms of career perspectives for the recruited researchers, continued collaboration between the partners and a more structured doctoral training in this field.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/neurology
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/radiology/medical imaging/magnetic resonance imaging
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 763 752
Administrative Contact
Sofie Heroes (Ms.)

Participants (9)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 253 786,94
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rolf Gruetter (Prof.)
ICOMETRIX NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 238 040
Address
Kolonel Begaultlaan 1B
3012 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dirk Loeckx (Dr.)
USTAV PRISTROJOVE TECHNIKY AVCR VVI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 421 417,04
Address
Kralovopolska 147
612 64 Brno
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zenon Starčuk (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 292 756,64
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katherine Boylan (Dr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 768,88
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Schmude (Mrs.)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 244 561,46
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maarten Langen Van (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 234 381,62
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Queralt González Matos (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 503 173,88
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roland Kreis (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE LYON 1 CLAUDE BERNARD
France
EU contribution
€ 263 648,66
Address
Boulevard Du 11 Novembre 1918 Num43
69622 Villeurbanne Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Javier Olaiz (Dr.)