– Austria –
Helmut Hutten, PhD, is Professor emeritus in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology in Graz (Austria) and retired in 2004 as professor emeritus. He has served in many functions in different scientific organizations and as consultant for different funding organizations and companies. He was president (1991 – 1993) of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering. From 1994 until 2000 he was a member of the AC of IFMBE and chairing the Working Group for European Activities. From 2000 until 2003 he was member of the AC of IUPESM and chairing the Regional Development Committee. He was organizer of 35 different national and international conferences, primarily the 1st and 2nd European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference EMBEC in Vienna in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He is fellow of the IFMBE International Academy. He has published more than 90 articles in reviewed journals and 20 book chapters. He is author or co-author of more than 280 published presentations in proceedings and more than 210 other publications.
The Institute of Medical Technology, Graz University of Technology, has its main working area related with medical imaging technology. The topics in that field are the development and application of methods and technology for in-vivo imaging of functional information and biomarkers. The research activities include the development of biophysical models for image analysis, implementation of new methods for image encoding and reconstruction as well as prototyping of specific hardware solutions. The scientific activities are organized in a research group for near-field imaging technologies and a research group working in the field of in-vivo magnetic resonance. The institute has a long experience in cooperating with industrial partners, e.g. in master and PhD theses.
– Belgium –
Jos Vander Sloten, PhD, is Full Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Division of Biomechanics and Engineering Design. He has been Editor (1993-1996) of ESEM News (Newsletter of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine) and Secretary- General ESEM (1997-2003). From 1999 to 2000, he served as President of the Working Group Biomedical Engineering and Health Care (Royal Flemish Chamber of Academic Engineers). Since 2000, he is chairing the Commission for Technical Drawings and Engineering Design (Technological Institute, Royal Flemish Chamber of Academic Engineers). In 2006, he was elected President of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES). Since 2007, he chairs the Leuven Medical Technology Centre, a joint initiative between the University of Leuven ena d the Leuven Hospitals. He is involved in several editorial boards (Journal of Engineering in Medicine, Journal of Biomechanics, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Scientific Proceedings of Riga Technical University). He is member of two boards of directors of companies: Custom 8 N.V. (spin-off company Division of Biomechanics, K.U.Leuven) and Materialise N.V. His research interests are in biomechanics, biomaterials and computer aided surgery. He is teaching engineering mechanics, engineering design and regulatory affairs.
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 600 years old, is a charter member of the League of European Research Universities, and European surveys rank K.U.Leuven among the top ten European universities in terms of its scholarly output. Its academic reputation attracts students from all over the world. K.U.Leuven has been involved in the Erasmus student exchange programme since its launch in Europe in the late 1980s and today the University of Leuven has over 300 contracts under this programme. At present, K.U.Leuven caters to more than 31,000 students, around 12% of whom are international students from more than 120 nations. In terms of its personnel, there are 5,287 academic staff, 2,730 administrative and technical staff, and 8,172 university hospital staff members. On the academic side, the university is composed of fourteen faculties, fifty departments and about 240 subdepartments. Concerning its medical facilities, K.U.Leuven supports five hospitals and three affiliated hospitals, with a total of 2,057 hospital beds for the acutely ill.
– Bulgaria –
Dr Dimitar Tcharaktchiev is Associate Professor in Medical University – Sofia. He has a Ph.D. in Medical Informatics and acknowledged medical specialties in Internal diseases, Public Health and Health Management, specializations in Geriatrics and Endocrinology. He is the Head of Department of Medical Informatics in USHATE. Dr Dimitar Tcharaktchiev is also member of Bulgarian Institute of Standardisation -BDS, Bulgarian representative in the European Federation of Medical informatics (EFMI) and observer in the European Organization of Standardization – TC for Medical Informatics – CEN TC251 (1995-1998). He was invited scientist (2001-2004) to the University of Paris 6, European Hospital “Georges Pompidou”, member of the team which won the eHealth price 2003 of the European Commission. Dr Dimitar Tcharaktchiev is chairman of Association PROREC Bulgaria, Member of Eurorec Institute. He recently participated in the PSIP FP7-IP project (2008-2011), as the WP leader of PSIP+, i.e. the integration and adaptation of PSIP in the Bulgarian Hospitals.
The University Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment in Endocrinology (USHATE), Clinical centre of Endocrinology and gerontology, belongs to the Medical University in Sofia. Besides clinical activities, USHATE has more than 50 years of experience in education of students and postgraduates in the field of Endocrinology, Nephrology and Geriatrics. USHATE is a pioneering centre of Bulgarian medical informatics and founder of the Bulgarian medical network – MedicalNet-BG. Activities in electronic processing of medical data have been systematically carried out since 1989. USHATE participated in several international projects, it took part in the European telemedicine project GALENOS and the International Project Comparisons between Bulgarian, Belgian, and Russian hospitals -SSTC IN/BU002). The Medical University of Sofia has 92 years traditions in research, education, and clinical practice. Today its faculty encompasses 47 departments and clinical centres with more than 1500 lecturers and researchers. The clinical education and research are accomplished in Specialized University Hospitals.
– Croatia –
Sven Loncaric, PhD, is a full professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He was a Fulbright scholar and earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from University of Cincinnati, OH, in 1994. He has published more than 130 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. His main areas of research are medical image analysis and biomedical imaging. He has served as the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computing and Information Technology and as an associate editor of EURASIP Journal of Image and Video Processing. He has established and chaired a series of symposia sponsored by IEEE under title “International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA)” since 2000. From 2008-2010, he was the Head of the Department of Electronic Systems and Information Processing, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. He is currently the Chair of the Committee for Research and International Collaboration. Senior Member of IEEE and IEEE Signal Processing Society, he is also member of the Croatian Academy of Engineering.
The University of Zagreb (www.fer.unizg.hr) was founded in 1669 and is the oldest Croatian university and also the oldest university in southeast Europe. The University of Zagreb consists of 33 faculties and academies and has about 55,000 students in various disciplines. The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing was founded in 1956 as an independent Faculty. The Faculty now employs about 180 professors and 4,000 undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. The Faculty offers teaching programs compatible with the Bologna reform and uses European Credit Transfer System to measure course credits. The Faculty consists of 12 departments covering various technical areas of electrical and computer engineering and computer science. The teaching programs are offered in Croatian and English languages. Research plays an important role at the Faculty and professors coordinate a number of national and international research projects in various areas that are funded by the national and international research funding agencies.
– Czech Republic –
Ivo Provaznik, PhD, is Full Professor and Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering at Brno University of Technology and Senior Researcher at the International Clinical Research Centre, St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno, Czech Republic. His educational activities are oriented to development of study programmes on bioinformatics and mathematical and technological applications in biology, medicine and chemistry. He is involved in three study programmes and lectures in Bioinformatics, Analysis of Molecular-Biological Data, and Introduction to Medical Informatics courses. His research activities are oriented toward experimental tools for optical mapping of electrical potentials on heart tissue, phylogenetic analysis of proteins in cancer research, genetic analysis for evolutionary studies of mammals. He is a supervisor of a group of PhD students and principal investigator of several research and development national and international grant projects. Brno University of Technology has launched the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 1967 as an educational and research centre on medical devices. Today, it represents an important academic institution in biomedical engineering and related fields of technological applications in medicine and biology in the Czech Republic. The Department offers Bachelor, Master’s and PhD study programs in biomedical technology and bioinformatics. The main research areas of the Department include projects in electrophysiology of the heart, analysis of EEG-fMRI data in epilepsy, evaluation of functional and effective connectivity in brain via fMRI, analysis of multimodal image data in glaucoma research, development of optical tools for measurement of electrical activity of living organs, development of tools for bone tissue processing in clean environment, development of artificial blood vessels, phylogenetic analysis in metallothionein-based cancer research, nanotools for biochemical and molecular studies of cells.
Brno University of Technology has launched the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 1967 as an educational and research centre on medical devices. Today, it represents an important academic institution in biomedical engineering and related fields of technological applications in medicine and biology in the Czech Republic. The Department offers Bachelor, Master’s and PhD study programs in biomedical technology and bioinformatics. The main research areas of the Department include projects in electrophysiology of the heart, analysis of EEG-fMRI data in epilepsy, evaluation of functional and effective connectivity in brain via fMRI, analysis of multimodal image data in glaucoma research, development of optical tools for measurement of electrical activity of living organs, development of tools for bone tissue processing in clean environment, development of artificial blood vessels, phylogenetic analysis in metallothionein-based cancer research, nanotools for biochemical and molecular studies of cells.
– Denmark –
Rasmus Larsen, PhD, is Full Professor, Chairman for the PhD committee for the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics (2005-present), head of the DTU Informatics PhD School (2005-) and head of the section for image analysis and computer graphics. He had research stays at University of Linköping (1993), UCSD (1995), and Stanford University (2003-04). He received the Statoil prize for internationally recognized research 2008. The section for image analysis and computer graphics (10 faculty, 25 post docs and PhD students) at the Department of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling (DTU Informatics), Technical University of Denmark, conducts research in image analysis, computer vision, computer graphics, and digital media technology. There is a focus on applications within the health care sector. Basic algorithmic knowledge has been developed targeting the segmentation of cortical and subcortical brain structures (brain maturation and degeneration, and neurological disease, motion compensated reconstruction for applications in PET/MR brain scanning as well as radiotherapy planning, automated image analysis in relation to histo-pathological studies. Research collaborations are running with the University of Copenhagen, Massachussets General Hospital, Copenhagen University Hospitalsand companies like Siemens Health Care
DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society. Today, DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increase and develop its partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy. The international dimension is of vital importance to DTU. In 2010, they welcomed 410 international students into their MSc programs, half of their PhD students are recruited from abroad, and more than one third of their scientific staff are highly qualified researchers of international backgrounds. In addition, the extent and intensity of their collaborations with other leading technical universities around the world continue to grow. DTU has international educational exchange programs with over 200 universities around the globe, and enjoys close research collaborations with its partners in addition to building research and educational programs in Nordic Five Tech, the Euro Tech Universities – Excellence in Science and Technology, as well as with Rensselaer in the U.S., Nanyang in Singapore, and KAIST in South Korea.
– Estonia –
Kalju Meigas, PhD, is a full Professor and head of the chair at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tallinn Technical University. At the same time he is also director of Technomedicum. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Tallinn University of Technology in 1997. He is teaching courses about Microwave and Optical Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation and Lasers in Medical Diagnostics. His research interests include optical coherence methods in biomedical engineering and optical sensors. He is a member of the editorial board of two journals: Measurement Science Review and Bioelectromagnetics. He has published about 130 scientific papers in English, Estonian and Russian, co-author of 3 books. Author of 7 inventions: 2 Soviet Union Author’s Certificates, French patent, EU patent and 3 Estonian patents.
Technomedicum of Tallinn University of Technology (TM) is a research, educational and development institution combining efforts of Tallinn University of Technology and healthcare organizations. Staff is about 50 persons and the structure consists of Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Clinical Medicine and Centre of Cardiology. TM acts as a partner in different scientific networks as example Centre for Integrated Electronic Systems and Biomedical Engineering CEBE, which is Estonian centre of excellence and technology competence centres ELIKO and STACC. R&D activities of TM cover medicine, technology and biomedicine, degree studies also related to medicine, biomedicine and technology. In addition to TUT academic and research staff, doctor-teachers and doctor researchers from several hospitals and from different European universities participate in TM academic and research activities. TM is scientifically active in the areas of science and technology and in health research. In the area of science and technology the directions are ICT, medical technology and physics. In the area of health research the direction is clinical medicine.
– Germany –
Reinhold Haux, PhD, is Full Professor for Medical Informatics and Director at the Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics of the University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and of Hannover Medical School, Germany. His current research fields are health information systems and management and health-enabling technologies. Reinhold Haux is, among others, co-chairing the Lower Saxony Research Network Design of Environments for Ageing (GAL, www.altersgerechte lebenswelten.de), where more than 60 researchers are involved in inter- and multidisciplinary research on information and communication technologies for promoting and sustaining quality of life, health and self-sufficiency. He is Editor of the journal Methods of Information in Medicine and was, for the term 2007-2010, President of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).
The Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics (PLRI), an institute, belonging to both, the University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology and to Hannover Medical School is, among others, doing research on health-enabling technologies. In this field PLRI is engaged in the development and analysis of information and communication technologies for creating sustainable conditions for self-sufficient and self-determined lifestyles. In this context, sensor-enhanced health information systems are of great importance. The aim is to enhance the individual quality of life by utilizing advanced health-enabling technologies, while sustaining the efficiency of health care. Sustainable conditions for an active, self-contained and self-sufficient life should be created, while informational self-determination and data privacy are preserved. Details, also on PLRI‘s collaboration with companies, can be found at “www.plri.de”.
Klaus Radermacher, PhD, is Full Professor and since 2005 head of the Chair of Medical Engineering of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the RWTH Aachen University and member of the board of directors of the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. He received his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 1999 from the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. From 1988-1990 he was engineering associate at the Institute for Human Factors at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany. From 1990-2001 he has been research associate of the Forschungsgesellschaft für Biomedizinische Technik Aachen e.V., Aachen, Germany, where he engaged himself in the research on ergonomics in medicine, biomechanics as well as computer assistance, mechatronics and robotics in surgery. From 2001–2005 he has been cofounder and CEO of the SurgiTAIX AG, Aachen, Germany and Senior Research Engineer at the Chair of Applied Medical Engineering of the Medical Faculty of the RWTH Aachen University. He is author and co-author of more than 200 papers and several patents, reviewer and member of editorial boards of several international journals and program committees of international conferences.
The RWTH Aachen University, through its Chair of Medical Engineering (being a part of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty), is especially engaged in basic research issues as well as application oriented aspects of computer assisted and model driven therapy systems engineering. A special focus is on biomechanical modeling and simulation in the context of surgical planning and computer integrated surgical systems. Research includes image and information processing for model guided therapy, surgical navigation and robotics, sensor integrated “smart” instruments mechatronics, as well as ultrasound and focused shock wave technology, ergonomics and risk management. The Chair of Medical Engineering is an integral part of the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University, being an interdisciplinary research institute integrating 7 chairs (with 11 full professorships) of 4 faculties (medicine, natural sciences, electrical engineering and information technology, mechanical engineering) of the RWTH Aachen and altogether about 250 full time researchers. Several spin-off companies with a total of more than 500 employees have been established for the market launch and the continuing successful market application of developmental products originally developed in the institute. Actual projects of the Chair of Medical Engineering in the domain of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery, Neurosurgery, General Endoscopic Surgery, Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Therapy and Rehabilitation are ranging from feasibility studies (proof of concept) and system development to usability analyses and clinical field tests. Research and development activities of the Chair of Medical Engineering are related to basic research issues as well as innovative application oriented concepts and industrial cooperation.
– Italy –
Luigi Ambrosio is Director of the Chemical Science and Materials Technology Department, National Research Council of Italy. He is President of the European Society for Biomaterials and member of advisory boards of many scientific international journals. He has been nominated Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. He has been Member of the European Commission Advisory Group of the FP7 theme “Nanoscience, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies”, and Member of High Level Group for Key Enabling Technology, European Commission. His research interest includes design and characterization of polymers and composites for medical applications and tissue engineering, rheology of biological fluids, structural properties of natural tissue, processing of polymers and composites, hydrogels and biodegradable polymers. Publications include 180 papers on international scientific journals and book, 18 patents, over 300 presentations at international and national conferences and over 60 invited lectures.
The Institute of Composite and Biomedical Materials (IMCB-CNR), Naples, Italy, was established in 2001 as result of the reorganization of the National Research Council of Italy(CNR). The research activities of the IMCB-CNR are based upon well-established expertise in polymer and composite structures (natural, semi-synthetic, synthetic), at different organization levels (nano- to macro-scale) with specific functionality, leading to the development of innovative and environmentally friendly products and processes. Nanotechnology has been implemented to design highly multifunctional materials and structures. Strong links with hospitals and industries have been established. IMCB-CNR research activities in the biomedical area mainly related to Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. In biomaterials, since 1980 the IMCB’s scientists were focused on developing new materials and composites for tissue repair applications. The clinical success of bioinert, bioactive and implants was a highly significant response to the medical needs of a rapidly ageing population. The emphasis in biomaterials subsequently shifted from structures which were essentially bioinert, to producing bioactive components capable of eliciting controlled actions and reactions within the body. Whereas second generation biomaterials were designed to be either resorbable or bioactive, more advanced therapeutic approaches are now being followed to combine these two properties to develop implants, which will induce a regenerative-like healing modality. Development of novel cell culture techniques, synthesis and design of bioresorbable polymers and composites, tissue engineering strategies have recently emerged as the most advanced therapeutic option presently available in regenerative medicine.
– Poland –
Natalia Golnik, PhD, is Full Professor of Technical Sciences in Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering in the Institute of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering of Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Poland. At present she is also a Dean of the faculty of Mechatronics of WUT. Her current scientific interests are focused on medical applications of radiation, radiological protection, and safety assessment in radiological imaging. Her expertise includes medical physics and engineering, operational radiation protection, design of radiation detectors, and reviewing of legal acts and standards. At present, she is Vice President of the Polish Society of Medical Physics, member of Committee of Medical Physics, Radiobiology and Medical Imaging of Polish Academy of Sciences, European Radiation Dosimetry Group EURADOS. She published over 100 peer reviewed papers. She led and participated to many national and international projects and established collaborations with Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) (Braunschweig, Germany), European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva, Switzerland), and Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia).
The Institute of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering is one of three Institutes within the Faculty of Mechatronics of the Warsaw University of Technology. WUT is the largest TU in Poland. In 2012, it was in first place among technical universities and third place among universities in Polish ranking of universities. Teaching and scientific activities of the multidisciplinary Faculty of Mechatronics are focused on modern technical problems including automatic control, electronics, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanics, robotics, optics, biomedical engineering and metrology. Educational activity covers BSc, MSc and Ph.D. levels, as well as continuous education. Main topics of research in biocybernetics and biomedical engineering, carried out in the Institute of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering are: (i) Development of systems and instrumentation for noninvasive study of cardiovascular and respiratory systems, functional stimulation of muscles and nerves, examination of electrical properties of tissue, radiological imaging, dosimetry and radiation protection; (ii) Development of electronic systems: dedicated electronic circuits, control system for manufacturing equipment, metrology and medicine, sensors and precision measurement transducers.
– Portugal –
Mário A. Barbosa, PhD, Full Professor, is involved for nearly 30 years in Biomaterials science and technology. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to biomaterials science, particularly in cell-biomaterial interactions. Since 2007 his team is focusing on how natural and bioartificial matrices mediate the interaction between inflammatory cells and stem cells (in a the context of regeneration) and between macrophages and cancer cells. He is a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering. In 2001 he received the George Winter Award of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB). Until 2012, he founded and coordinated INEB and the NEW Therapies Group, whose goal is to develop tissue repair and regeneration strategies guided by biomaterials engineered at the molecular scale. Financing of his research team comes from a wide range of sources, including the European Commission, European Science Foundation, Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal) and companies. He publishes regularly (average: 5 papers/year) in major international journals, particularly in the areas of Biomaterials, Tissue Regeneration and Nanomedicine.
Pedro L. Granja, PhD, Scientific Coordinator of INEB and Coordinator of the NEWTherapies Group. He is Council member and Treasurer of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB), Affiliated Professor at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS; Faculty of Medicine) and Auxiliary Invited Professor at Faculty of Engineering (FEUP). He founded and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Biomaterials Network (Biomat.net), since 1998, and of the journal Biomatter, since 2010. In 2006 he received the Jean Leray Award, by the ESB. His main area of research is tissue engineered injectable biomaterials for bone regeneration.Other keywords are Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, hydrogel functionalization, cell immobilization, angiogenesis/vascularization, nanomedicine. He coauthored 37 papers in international journals.
INEB – Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (www.ineb.up.pt) is a private non-profit association with the statute of public interest, founded in June 1989 by six institutions, including the University of Porto (UPorto). The Mission of INEB is to generate knowledge, by promoting research, advanced training and technology transfer in biomedical engineering. INEB’s Vision is to be an international reference in the application of integrated engineering solutions to improve human health. In consortium with the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology (IBMC) and the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the UPorto (IPATIMUP), INEB is part of the I3S (Institute for Research and Innovation in Health), gathering more than 600 researchers. INEB’s research activities are run under a large Integrated Programme on Biomedical Engineering for Regenerative Therapies and Cancer. Its main goal is to develop integrative biomedical engineering approaches to solve clinically relevant problems in those fields. In the past 10 years, 9 patents, 29 prototypes, 6 products and 3 spin-offs have been generated from the work of INEB researchers. INEB is qualified by the National Strategic Reference Framework to provide consulting and services in research and technology development (RTD) to support innovative SMEs. Over 160 persons work at INEB, 57 of whom hold a doctoral degree and 71 are post-graduate students. INEB is also a founding member of Health Cluster Portugal (HCP) and a member of the networks Nanomedicine (European Technology Platform) and European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR).
– Romania –
Lucian Gheorghe GRUIONU, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Craiova (UCV) and University of Medicine and Pharmacy from Craiova (UMFCV), two major universities from Romania. His research is focused on biomedical engineering, innovation in medicine, biomechanics and medical instrument and system development. He trained in medical robotics and interventional radiology instrumentation at the Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University, USA for over 1.5 years. Currently he has an ongoing collaboration on medical product development with the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He managed and participated in 15 national and international research grants, set up three mechanical and biomedical engineering laboratories and he is author and co-author on 77 peer reviewed scientific publications and conference proceedings. He is co-founder and CEO of a medical and biomedical engineering R&D spin-off sponsored by the structural European and national funds with over €700,000 in cumulative grants, MEDINSYS Ltd., where he is currently leading two R&D projects to develop innovative hybrid imaging systems for ultrasound endoscopy and peripheral lung nodule biopsy.
The University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova (UMFCV), is a fast-growing university in Romania, specialized in providing medical training to people from a large area of the South of the country, including undergraduate and postgraduate programs, doctoral degrees and specialist courses. The scientific research activity at UMFCV has grown constantly in the last ten years in all areas of medicine. The main research unit at UMFCV is the Research Center of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (RCGH) that acquired state-of-theart equipment from EU sponsored infrastructure grants to allow focus on non-invasive optical imaging of living tissues, including confocal laser endomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography which allowed us to initiate several sponsored research projects and a spin-off innovative company, Medinsys. To date, UMFCV has established formal collaborations with universities from Germany, Italy, Denmark, Moldavia, France, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, on a bilateral basis or in the framework of the cooperation programs of the European Union. Also, the University is an active member of several international university organizations, such as
AUF – Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, AMEE – Association for Medical Education in Europe, AMSE – Association of Medical Schools in Europe, etc.
– Slovenia –
Brane Leskošek, PhD, is a researcher and a teacher of Medical Informatics at the Institute for Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His current research fields are clinical research informatics (including development and maintenance of information systems for supporting various multi-centric clinical trials), public health informatics, medical informatics standardization and quality of healthcare assessment. He also teaches Medical Informatics and Quality of Healthcare at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana and Maribor. He is a member and the first president (2007-2010) of Slovenian Health Informatics Standards Board at the Ministry of Health (a part of national eHealth programme), a member of the management board of Slovenian Medical Informatics Association (member of EFMI and IMIA), co-editor of the journal Informatica Medica Slovenica since 2010 and a (founding) member of National Quality of Healthcare Programme since 1999. He was or still is collaborating in different EU FP projects like Ethicsweb (www.ethicsweb.eu) and ERASysBio+ project BioModUE_PTL (https://unimed.mf.unilj.si/uemg/)
University of Ljubljana (UL-MF) is the largest university in Slovenia, including 26 faculties and academies with almost 50.000 students in graduate programmes and more than 7000 students in post-graduate programmes (year 2010/11). Brane Leskošek is affiliated to the Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (IBMI). IBMI was established in mid-seventies. The institute staff is involved in research, development, and teaching in the fields of information technology and biostatistics, and has profound experience in database and related technologies. R&D activities in information science include Web applications for supporting research studies, text mining in databases leading to literaturebased knowledge discovery, OLAP technologies used for bibliometric studies, and language dependent steps in automatic keyword extraction, among others. The members of IBMI contributed to various EU projects in 4th, 5th and 7th frameworks as the leading partners responsible for IT support. IBMI is building the national bibliographic database Biomedicina Slovenica in computerized form since 1976.
– Spain –
Juan Bigorra Llosa, MD, PhD, is Director of Innovation at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona; Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), and Scientific Director of the Master on Leadership & Management of Science and Innovation (University of
Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and University Pompeu Fabra), Spain. He has been Managing Director of the Fundació Clínic from 2006 to December 2008 and Former General Manager of Novartis Pharma Spain, Former Medical Director and Head of R&D of Bayer and Boehringer Ingelheim. He obtained his MD and PhD in Medicine at the UAB, his Diploma in Health Economics in the University of Tromso, Norway. He followed the Senior Management Development Program (PDD) by IESE Business School and the Executive Education in General Management, Marketing and Finance at Harvard Business School (Boston, EEUU). He holds also a Master on Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Law of the European Union, UNED.
Hospital Clínic de Barcelona belongs to the Government of Catalonia and is the main Academic Hospital of the University of Barcelona. It takes care of 550.000 inhabitants in its role as community hospital and of 7,2 million inhabitants as a tertiary care hospital. Since its beginning, the Hospital has a long tradition of translational and clinical research and has created two legal entities to support it: Fundació Clínic and IDIBAPS. Hospital Clínic is the top ranking hospital in Spain in scientific production, and ranks among the top 25 hospitals worldwide. It has very strong clinical research capabilities, with over 250 clinical trial protocols being reviewed every year. A few years ago, the hospital has also adopted a strong focus on innovation, with more than 70 patents / PCT extensions and more than 60 transfers or codevelopment agreements with biotech/medtech SMEs and strategic agreements with leading health technology companies like Siemens and Olympus. The Hospital Clínic has created 4 start-up companies in the last 3 years. The Hospital has also developed capabilities in Health Technology Assessment, becoming a leading institution in this field. From June 2009 to June 2011, the Deputy Director of Innovation of Hospital Clinic was the President of the International Health Technology Assessment Society. In the field of telemedicine and chronic care, Hospital Clínic has coordinated 6 EU projects over the last 10 years.
– Sweden –
Leif Sörnmo, PhD, is Full Professor at Lund University, Sweden. Since 1990, he has been with the Signal Processing Group, Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University. He is the author of “Bioelectrical Signal Processing in Cardiac and Neurological Applications”(Elsevier, 2005). His research interests include statistical signal processing, modelling of biomedical signals, methods for analysis of atrial fibrillation, multimodal signal processing in hemodialysis, and power-efficient signal processing in implantable devices. Dr. Sörnmo is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING and the Journal of Electrocardiology, a member of the Editorial Board of the Medical and Biological Engineering & Computing, and was an Associate Editor of the Computers in Biomedical Research (1997–2000). He has received numerous project grants from national and international agencies. He has published more than 300 scientific papers.
The Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University, houses research in a broad scientific area covering applications in biomedical engineering, electromagnetism, information technology and telecommunication (about 150 employees). Since four decades, research activities within the Signal Processing Group have been pursued in the biomedical engineering area with special emphasis on biomedical signals, their modelling, processing, and interpretation. Current research is focused on signal processing problems in atrial arrhythmias, but various projects related to, e.g., dialysis treatment, eyetracking, and intelligent implantable devices are also pursued. The research activities continue to be fruitful due to the close collaboration between the technical and medical faculties at Lund University, with several foreign universities as well as with Swedish industry. These projects have, in addition to technical doctorates, resulted in many doctorates which have been defended at the medical faculty in Lund. Several of the resulting algorithms are patented in cooperation with Swedish biomedical industry.
– Switzerland –
Antoine Geissbuhler is a Professor of Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics at Geneva University, Director of the Division of eHealth and Telemedicine at Geneva University Hospitals, and President of the Health-On-the-Net Foundation. He is also President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He has been Associate Professor of biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University. In 1999, he returned to Geneva to take the responsibility of medical information systems at Geneva University Hospitals. In 2005, his efforts in developing telemedicine and tele-education are recognized by the creation of the UNESCO chair for telemedicine and multidisciplinary teaching, and, in 2010, of the World Health Organization collaborating centre for eHealth and telemedicine. Author of more than 100 original scientific publications, his current research focuses on the development of innovative, knowledge-enabled information systems and computer-based tools for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care processes, at the local level of the hospital, the regional level of a community healthcare informatics network in Geneva, and at the global level with the Health-On-the-Net Foundation (http://www.hon.ch) and with the development of a large distance education and telemedicine network in developing countries (http://raft.hcuge.ch).
The Geneva University Hospitals, born of a centuries-long tradition of excellence in science and medicine, were established in 1995. As Switzerland’s premier teaching hospital, they manage a first-class research programme, closely linked to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva. All the 65 medical services are headed by professors from this faculty, one of the foremost in Europe. Their combined fields of expertise ensure privileged access to the latest medical advances. The division of eHealth and telemedicine has three main missions: a) to develop eHealth tools for healthcare professionals and citizens, in particular in the context of the Geneva Community Health Information Network (http://www.e-toilege.ch); b) to develop telemedicine and distance education activities at the local and international levels; c) coordinate collaborations involving informatics and IT between the hospitals and the Geneva University Faculty of Medicine.
– United Kingdom –
Marco Viceconti is Scientific Director of the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine and full Professor of Biomechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Before he was the Technical Director of the Medical Technology Lab at the Rizzoli
The University of Sheffield is a world top 100 University, one of the UK’s 12 leading (Russell Group) Universities and the Times Higher Education University of the Year, 2011. Research partners include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charities. The University is organized into faculties and departments, including engineering, life sciences and medicine, and draws together interdisciplinary expertise through large cross-faculty research centres. The INSIGNEO institute for In-Silico medicine, (www.insigneo.org), brings together over 70 academics from Engineering, Medicine, Science and the local NHS Trust, to collaborate on the application of computer simulation in medicine. Expertise ranges from materials and computer science and mechanical engineering through bone metabolism, cardiovascular
science, and oncology.