Contact Information

Scientific Coordinator
Jyrki Lötjönen
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
P.O. Box 1300
33101 Tampere
+358 20 722 3378
jyrki.lotjonen@vtt.fi

Partners

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multitechnological contract research organization. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. We enhance our customers’ competitiveness, thereby creating prerequisites for society’s sustainable development, employment, and wellbeing.

Biosignal and medical image processing and interpretation is one of our key competenses. There we combine top-level technical expertise in the fields of signal processing, image processing, statistics, data-mining and pattern recognition with the understanding of healthcare-domain specific challenges to create solutions, simply for a better life.


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The Department of Neurology at the University of Eastern Finland is a research center with experience in basic and clinical neurosciences. Researchers and staff are totalling 60. Since 1990, our PhD students have produced 94 doctoral dissertations. Annually, we produce 50-60 publications in international scientific journals.

Our research groups focus on basic mechanisms, prevention, drug and clinical research of degenerative brain diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Most of our population-based surveys and drug trials are run at the Brain Research Unit. One focus is neuroimaging and developing new options for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. There are also facilities for genetics and biomarker analysis for searching new risk genes using single nucleotide polymorphism analysis and functional studies.


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Imperial College London is consistently rated among the world's top university institutions. It  is ranked 1st in Europe and 4th in the world for technology according to The Times Higher  Education Supplement World University Rankings of October 2006. The Department of Computing is one of the largest computing departments in the UK and is a world leader in academic research in computer science. There are over sixty academic staff actively involved in research from distributed computing, logic and artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, visual information processing, computing theory, to computational aspects of management science.

The Visual Information Processing (VIP) research group in the Department of Computing was formed in 1999 following funding from the Royal Society and Wolfson Foundation. The group currently has 5 academic staff and over 40 research staff and students. A key area of research in the Visual Information Processing group has been medical image computing. In particular we have pioneered the development of non-rigid image registration techniques and their application in medical imaging. The research has been extensively disseminated to the academic community and is currently commercialised by a spin-off company, IXICO


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The Memory Disorders Research Group (MDRG) at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark was established in 1995 as an outpatient memory clinic based in neurology with a multidisciplinary staff and research programs. Approximately 1500 patients MCI, AD, or other dementias are seen on a regular basis and 700 new patients are referred every year.

A member of the European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium (EADC), the MDRG has a clinical research database, and a biobank is under development. The MDRG runs research programs in clinical dementia research and cognitive neurology (epidemiology, clinical genetics, structural and functional brain imaging, biomarkers, neuropsychology, and intervention studies). The core areas of expertise comprise longitudinal clinical assessments, development and validation of diagnostic markers, clinical development of potential pharmaceutical treatments including trial design, clinical genetics and molecular biology of familial disorders, clinical epidemiology, and health services in dementia. The MDRG collaborates with several in-house partners at Rigshospitalet, as well as with external and international partners.