The Partners on the Project
Founded in 1964, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) is a public scientific and technological institute which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Health and French Ministry of Research. As the only French public research institute to focus entirely on human health, in 2008 Inserm took on the responsibility for the strategic, scientific and operational coordination of biomedical research. This key role as coordinator comes naturally to Inserm thanks to the scientific quality of its teams and its ability to conduct translational research, from the laboratory to the patient’s bed. The decree adopted in March 2009 will enable Inserm to perform its research missions in the face of the new scientific, health and economic challenges of the 21st century. Scientific monitoring and expertise are now part of the Institute’s official missions.
In early 2008, 10 thematic institutes were created in the light of this new coordination role, in association with Inserm. The aforementioned decree secures a long-term future for them and clearly defines their remit, an inventory of French research in their field, how this research is to be managed and their objectives.
From the outset, Institute has forged close partnerships with the other public and private research establishments as well as hospitals to fulfill its missions. 80% of Inserm’s 318 research units are currently set up in university hospitals or cancer research centers. The research campuses of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), along with the Pasteur and Curie Institutes, also house Inserm research divisions. With the law on the independence of universities placing them at the heart of the research policy, they will also be a key partner of Inserm. Lastly, Inserm plays a leading role in creating the European Research Area and boosts its standing abroad through close partnerships (teams and partner laboratories abroad).
Régis Beuscart was born in 1951 in Lille, France. He was graduated M.D. in 1981 in the University of Lille. He is specialized in Cardiology and Nuclear medicine. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Paris University in 1985 for his study of Pharmacokinetics of insulin in human beings. He is Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics in the Faculty of Medicine of Lille (University Lille, France), director of the research lab “CERIM” (EA2694), and chief of the Public Health Department in the University Hospital of Lille. He is the physician in charge of the CIC-IT807 Inserm (Technology Innovation Center for “Biosensors and eHealth”, Lille). Since 2012, he is also the coordinator of the INSERM CIC-IT Network for France.
Since 1990, he is working on new information technologies: Computer-Supported- Cooperative Work, “Advanced Communication” and applications in Telemedicine. He was particularly involved in projects of integration developing middleware for medical purposes, Hospital Information Systems, and Telemedicine systems for hospital communication and homecare.
He was Project Officer in the French Ministry for Research (France) for “Technologies in Healthcare” (2000-2005). He is IEEE-EMBS member, EFMI and IMIA member. He has been president of the French scientific societies AIM (Medical Informatics) and SFGBM (Biomedical Engineering, and member of the board of IMIA (International Medical Informatics Association).
He has participated to several European projects (four as the coordinator: ISAR, 1994, ISART, 1996, and VICO, 1998), and has recently coordinated the FP7-IP Project “PSIP” (Patient Safety through Intelligent Procedures, 2008-2011), successfully finalized in September 2011.
Jean-Louis Coatrieux, PhD, has obtained the State Doctorate in Sciences in 1983, from the University of Rennes 1, France. Since 1986, he has been Director of Research at the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm), France, and since 1993 has been Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA. He has been the Head of the “Laboratoire Traitement du Signal et de l’Image”, INSERM, up to 2003 and in charge of the National Research Program in Health Technology at the Ministry of Research (1998- 2001), France. He has been several times Independent Observer for the European Commission and member of assessment panels for FP6 and FP7. His experience is related to 3D images, signal processing, pattern recognition, computational modeling and complex systems. He published more than 300 papers in journals and conferences and edited many books in these areas. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (1996-2000) and in Boards of several journals among which the Proceedings of IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Critical Reviews on Biomedical Engineering, Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, Medical Image Analysis…. He has received several awards from IEEE (among which the EMBS Service Award, 1999 and the Third Millennium Award, 2000, Career Achievement Award, 2006). He also received the Claude Fourcade Award (2009), France. He is IEEE Fellow, Fellow of IAMBE and AIMBE and Doctor Honoris Causa from the SouthEast University, Nanjing, China.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)
The Medical Informatics Laboratory at AUTH is one of the major research and development centres in Medical Informatics and Biomedical Engineering both in the Greek and European arena. Its experience in research include teleHealth and personalized health applications, pervasive healthcare systems, knowledge engineering, patient safety, bioinformatics, simulation of non-linear biological systems and AAL/eInclusion applications and systems. As part of the Medical School of AUTH the research team has strong collaboration with University Clinics in the design, conduct and analyses of clinical studies. Also, the Lab has been running since 1998 the only graduate programme in Greece in Medical Informatics, under the auspices of the Greek ministry of education and the EU linking the medical school, the Informatics and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments. AUTH’s crossfunctional research team with medical and technical experts has been very active in the development of teleHealth systems for patients with chronic diseases in the last 8 years. Application concept development, user interface development, biomedical recording and information management/processing integrated systems development, vital signal analysis, medical professional decision support systems as well as system evaluation through pilots in real-life settings, have been the main activities in the context of the research projects such as CHS, Panaceia-iTV, SENSATION INTERLIFE ASSIST, PSIP and HEARTCYCLE and REMOTE as Project Co-coordinator.
AUTH will lead WP2 “mapping over Europe”. The main tasks are T2.1: mapping key Health organizations and Authorities over Europe 27, T2.2: mapping existing national and European instruments supporting research and innovation, T2.3 identifying existent international programs in North America and Asia and analyze their impact and T2.4 documenting case studies. AUTH is involved in WP3, as contact node for Greece. AUTH is also involved in T1.1 (management of the project).
Nicos Maglaveras, PhD, joined in 1990 the Medical School in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), where he is currently a Professor and the director of the Laboratory of Medical Informatics. His current research interests include nonlinear biological systems simulation, cardiac electrophysiology, biomedical informatics-eHealth, biosignal analysis, medical imaging, and neuroengineering. He has published more than 250 papers in peer reviewed international journals, books and conference proceedings. He has developed graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of biomedical informatics, biomedical signal processing, and biological systems simulation. He has coordinated the development of the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Research in the Center for Research and Technology Hellas in Thessaloniki since 2005 (CERTH/IBBR). He has served as a Reviewer in CEC AIM technical reviews and as reviewer, associate editor and editorial board member in a number of international journals, and participated as Coordinator or Core Partner in over 30 national and EU-funded competitive research projects. In 2008-2011, he served as President of the EAMBES where he is currently past-president. Dr. Maglaveras has been a member of the IEEE, AMIA, the Greek Technical Chamber, the New York Academy of Sciences, the CEN/TC251, and Eta Kappa Nu.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)
VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) is an impartial multidisciplinary expert organisation (www.vtt.fi). With its know-how VTT produces research, development, testing and information services for the public sector and companies as well as international organisations. VTT’s turnover is 245 Million € and has a staff of 2700 experts. VTT has know-how in a wide range of technological solutions combined with strong domain knowledge to help customers and collaborators – companies, health care providers, and research institutes. VTT has a strong tradition in research on ICT for wellness and healthcare with an annual budget of ~5M€ with ~50 involved researchers. VTT’s core competencies include: health data mining, biosignal and image processing; personal health systems, behaviour change support and eHealth/mHealth technologies. Recently two national largescale projects have been focused on how to implement motivational and feedback aspects in disease management and also into the business models & value networks in delivering the service to the users (www.p4well.fi and http://feelgood.vtt.fi). VTT was the coordinator of an FP7 Call 4 SSA “ICT Research Directions in Disease Prevention” (www.preve-eu.org). In health data mining, VTT coordinates two FP7 projects in the VPH area: PredictAD (www.predictad.eu) and TBIcare (www.tbicare.eu). VTT is also an active member of Health Level 7 and Continua Health Alliance.
VTT will lead WP3 “road mapping and recommendations” The main tasks are T3.1 collecting ideas addressing gaps and barriers, T3.2 Identifying areas of major innovative research the grand challenges, unmet medical needs, as well as novel and emerging new research ideas and directions, T3.3 drawing a roadmap and making recommendations. VTT is also involved in other WPs: T1.1 for the management of the project and WP2 as contact node for Finland.
Niilo Saranummi is research professor at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (PhD 1976). He has worked at VTT since 1975 advancing through different positions starting as a research scientist and from 1982 onwards as director of VTT’s Medical Engineering Laboratory with a staff of 70 full time employees. Since VTT’s reorganization in 1994, he holds a position of a research professor. He has worked outside VTT in Finland and abroad on a number of assignments. His research interests include ICT services for personal and personalized health and disease management, connected health, and value creation in health ecosystems. He has published over 150 papers and chapters in peer-reviewed international publications. He has participated in various roles into more than 30 EU-funded projects in the area of ICT for health. He is co-founder and chaired the HL7 Finland Society. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine and is currently an Area Editor for IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. He has chaired the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) and served as President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES). He is Fellow of FACTE, IAMBE, AIMBE, IEEE, and EAMBES. He was the recipient of IFMBE’s Otto Schmitt award in 2006.
University of Ulster (Ulster)
The University of Ulster (Ulster) is an independent educational charity, whose legal status derives from a Royal Charter originally granted in 1984. Ulster comprises four campuses located in Belfast, Jordanstown near Belfast, Coleraine and in Londonderry and it employs over 3,000 staff. It has some 25,500 students enrolled on full-time and part-time degree, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes across its campuses and in partner institutions both in the UK and internationally, including a number on wholly e-learning programmes. Ulster research is organized in a number of Research Institutes (RI) which pursue interdisciplinary research across Faculty boundaries and in collaboration with a large number of higher education institutions and other organisations across the UK and internationally. There are currently 16 RIs each lead by a RI Director. Ulster also has a strong record in translating its, knowledge and technology into marketable products and services. Its commercialization company, Innovation Ulster Limited (IUL) consists of a portfolio of around 25 spin-out/spin-in companies with cash investments valued in the region of €3.7M and processes around 50 inventor disclosures annually, filing around 15 UK Patent. IUL considers the business plans of new enterprises and venture-type investments of up to €410k annually and makes around 4 business ventures annually. Currently there are 14 companies that have been active for more than 3 years. It generates approximately €2M annually from consultancy services, and there are some 200 people employed in the spin-outs, which have an annual turnover of approximately 20M.
Ulster will lead WP4 “dissemination” and will also be involved in WP1 for the management of the project and WP2 and WP3 as contact node for UK.
Norman Black received the BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the PhD degree from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1980 and 1984 respectively. He has considerable industrial experience having worked for British Telecom for 14 years before joining the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, in 1985.
He was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Development and Student Services) in 2006 and on 1 April 2008 took up the role of Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation). He has extensive research experience having published more than 250 papers in conferences and journals, is a past-President of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine a Founder Member of the Institute of Telemedicine and he holds membership on a number of national UK charity boards. His research interests include biomedical engineering, assisted living technologies, telemedicine, data fusion, connected health and bioengineering education and reviews for a number of research journals and funding bodies. He has considerable in exploitation of research findings into commercial products and held positions on a number of venture capital bodies.