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Brain injury and trauma monitoring using advanced photonics

Brain injury and trauma monitoring using advanced photonics

Objective

Our vision is to develop a suite of standardised non-invasive devices that will provide essential information about brain health in neurocritical care and neuromonitoring, with a particular emphasis on 1. traumatic brain injury: the “silent epidemic of the third millennium” and 2. hypoxia in newborn children. Survivors present permanent neurological conditions that have a profound impact on the quality of life of individuals and their families, and hence a large socio-economic impact. The key factors influencing these conditions and their treatment are the avoidance of brain hypoxia and metabolic disturbances and this is driving the transfer of new neuromonitoring systems to the bedside where they are being shown to have a transformative effect on patient care.
BitMap will develop non-invasive photonics-based monitoring techniques and data analysis methods to provide biomarkers that could guide patient management. A cohort of multi-disciplinary Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), embedded in leading laboratories across Europe, will work together on an programme designed to address the key technological and clinical challenges in neurocritical care. The ESRs will benefit from the diverse range of expertise in advanced photonics and clinical application which will substantially enhance their research competitiveness and employability, and will together form a critical mass of skilled people working together towards new technologies for improved neuroclinical care.
The challenges involved are fundamentally multi-disciplinary and therefore ESRs trained in a multi-disciplinary environment are essential if progress and clinical impact is to be made. There is currently no graduate programme producing researchers with these attributes, but there is a significant market for such PhDs in the rapidly developing area of biomedical optics and in general in medical imaging technology development. The BitMap project therefore addresses both a clinical and economic need.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

Participants (10)

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FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 516 122,64

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

INSTYTUT BIOCYBERNETYKI I INZYNIERII BIOMEDYCZNEJ IM.MACIEJA NALECZA POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 448 274,88

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

PHYSIKALISCH-TECHNISCHE BUNDESANSTALT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL BIRMINGHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

FUNDACIO HOSPITAL UNIVERSITARI VALL D'HEBRON - INSTITUT DE RECERCA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

PICOQUANT INNOVATIONS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

HEMOPHOTONICS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

Partners (2)

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University of Pennsylvania

Washington University at St Louis

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 675332

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 835 764,36

  • EU contribution

    € 3 835 764,36

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom