Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, Italy (coordinator) WEB SITE
The Bambino Gesù Paediatric Hospital (OPBG) is a health care and research institution, specialised in paediatric and developing ages, part of the Italian National Healthcare System and widely recognized as referral centre for all paediatric specialties at national and international level.
Thanks to its organization, structures, technologies and highly qualified health care professionals, it guarantees total coverage for all health care needs, including emergencies.

Principal Investigator: Bruno Dallapiccola

EU Grant: € 1.421.380

University College of London, United Kingdom WEB SITE
UCL is a large academic university associated with one of the largest paediatric hospitals in Europe – Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH). UCL has one of the largest cardiovascular imaging (echocardiography and MRI) department. The cardiovascular MR department is renowned for its research excellence and forms a crucial part of the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science research strategy.
Istituto Gianna Gaslini, Italy WEB SITE
The Istituto Giannina Gaslini (IGG) is the largest public paediatric tertiary care and research hospital in Italy, dedicated to the comprehensive health care of infants, children and adolescents. the unit “Pediatria II ‐ Reumatologia” of the Istituto Giannina Gaslini, which is the only EULAR Centre of Excellence in Rheumatology in Europe for what concern paediatric rheumatology, is the headquarter of the Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organization (PRINTO) which is composed of more than 200 rheumatology networks in the world.
Deutsche Herzzentrum Berlin, Germany WEB SITE
The Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (German Heart Institute Berlin, DHZB) is one of Europe’s largest Heart Institutes. The research activities of the DHZB cover almost all emerging fields of cardiac diagnostic and therapy, which is reflected by more than 120 peer reviewed publications annually. One major research focus is on non-invasive cardiovascular imaging of patients in all age groups (from infancy to late adulthood). Research of imaging based modelling has been successfully introduced in the past years in is currently applied in several clinical conditions (including heart failure in mitral and aortic valve disease, pulmonary stenosis, aortic coarctation). In addition modelling of blood flow in new valve substitutes is part of the DHZB research (EU FP7 “life valve” project) The imaging science group of the DHZB covers the full spectrum of cardiovascular research that ranges from the development of hard- and software, the conduction of small and large animal research, translational science and the lead in clinical multicentre studies.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven & University Hospital Leuven, Belgium WEB SITE
KU‐Leuven unites the expertise of the Clinical Motion Analysis Laboratory (CMAL), the Cerebral Palsy Reference centre and the Neuromuscular Reference centre for children of the University Hospitals of Leuven with the expertise of two research centres of the University of Leuven, namely the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Developmental Regeneration.
Stichting Vu‐VUmc, The Netherlands WEB SITE
Stichting Vu‐VUmc (VUmc) is a university hospital as well as a medical faculty of the University of Amsterdam. After being runner up for many years, in 2010 VUMC was ranked as #1 in The Netherlands for its research output and quality. The clinical research programme of the department of rehabilitation medicine is part of the MOVE research institute of the VU university. MOVE is one of the world’s leading research institutes with respect to human movement research.
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The Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) is one of the leading institutes in paediatric immunology in Europe. The department is renowned for its research in the field of human autoimmune diseases. For years the group has been working on immune regulatory aspects of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and its main focus is immune tolerance and biomarker research.
SIEMENS AG , GermanyThe Netherlands WEB SITE
Siemens AG is a global electronics and electrical engineering company, operating in industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure & cities. Innovation is Siemens’ major growth and productivity driver. Its Corporate Technology (CT) division (3,000 researchers, >55,000 active patents) is a world leader among technology company research networks. Siemens CT offers an exciting interdisciplinary R&D environment to young people integrating them in highly qualified project teams of advanced researchers with academic degrees, engineers and technicians.
Biomolecular Research Genomics S.r.l., Italy WEB SITE
General description: BMR is a spin‐off of the University of Padova founded on 2004. It is leader in Italy in the field of DNA sequencing service. BMR Genomics is the first Italian service to offer this NGS and bioinformatic service to the Italian research world since 2008. It s is involved in R&D projects both internal and in collaboration with university groups, mainly with Prof. Giorgio Valle’s research group (University of Padova and cofounder). BMR has a well equipped and organized molecular laboratory including liquid handler and home made LIMS. It is ISO 9001 certified for quality management of the processes.
Fraunhofer‐Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V, Germany WEB SITE
Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application‐oriented research organization with over 60 Fraunhofer Institutes, at different locations in Germany. Fraunhofer IGD is the world’s leading institute for applied research in the field of visual computing. Visual computing stands for image‐ and model‐based information technology. It includes computer graphics, computer vision, as well as virtual and augmented reality. Fraunhofer IGD develops prototypes and complete solutions based on customer demands. The range of applications of the concepts, models, and practical solutions spans from virtual product development to medicine, commerce, and multimedia learning and training.
Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, France WEB SITE
Established in 1967, INRIA is a French public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, INRIA’s 3,400 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future. Educated at leading international universities, they creatively integrate basic research with applied research and dedicate themselves to solving real problems, collaborating with the main players in public and private research in France and abroad and transferring the fruits of their work to innovative companies.
Motek Medical, The Netherlands WEB SITE
Motek Medical provides innovative products for rehabilitation, orthopaedics, neurology, performance enhancements and research. Integrated virtual reality environments that combine motion platforms, dual‐belt instrumented treadmills, motion‐capture systems and surround sound enable movement function evaluation and stability enhancement. Game elements and rich immersive interactions ensure an optimal user presence for patients.
Siemens Corporation, Corporate Research and Technology, (SCR) is a world‐class research and development centre within Siemens Corporate Technology located in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. It is comprised of more than 300 of the world’s most talented scientists, engineers and technical experts from over two dozen countries. Cross‐functional research teams bring together a broad range of technical and business expertise from different disciplines to support Siemens’ broad range of businesses, especially in the fields of medical imaging and bioinformatics.
Delft University of Technology is the largest engineering university in the Netherlands, founded in 1842. There are 15 faculties, one of them is the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Science. In this faculty the dept. of Biomechanical Engineering (BMechE) is hosted. The BMechE dept. is involved in the MSc Biomedical Engineering, together with the faculties of Applied Sciences and Electrical Engineering, and in the MSc Mechanical Engineering with a track in Biomechanical Design, with the specialisations Bio‐Robotics, Biocompatible design and Intelligent Machine Systems. There is a close collaboration with the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Erasmus Medical Center (EMC) Rotterdam.
Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy WEB SITE
URLS was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, it is the first University in Rome and the largest University in Europe: a city within a city, with over 700 years of history, 145,000 students, over 4,500 professors and almost 5,000 people are administrative and technical staff. URLS has a wide academic offer which includes over 250 degree programmes and 200 one or two year professional courses. Concerning with students’ origin, over 30,000 of them come from all parts of Italy; over 7,000 people come from abroad. Incoming and outgoing Erasmus students are about 1,000 people per year.
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom WEB SITE
The University of Sheffield (USFD) is the Times Higher Education UK University of the Year in 2012. Official research assessments confirm its reputation as a centre for world‐class research in many disciplines. It has more than 24,000 students from 118 countries, and almost 6,000 staff. The University has recently made ~3M pounds investment in the Virtual Physiological Human arena, with the establishment of a new Institute spanning the Faculties of Engineering and Medicine and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.
Gnúbila France (ex maatG France), France WEB SITE
Gnúbila France (ex maatG France) is a consulting firm delivering ICT solutions and professional services axed on Grid and Cloud computing with a special emphasis on e-Health and Health Information Systems. gnúbila justifies of a rich expertise in the establishment and execution of multi-partner collaborations, which it has capitalized upon its involvement in several international initiatives. gnúbila is a member of the Spanish gnúbila Technology group – for which it is managing the biomedical applications line.
Haute Ecole Spécialisé de Suisse Occidentale, Switzerland WEB SITE
The HES‐SO (University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) is currently the largest University of Applied sciences in Switzerland with over 16,000 students. The school has several campuses from Geneva to Neuchatel and Sierre. In this project the two campuses in Geneva and in Sierre are involved with the domains information sciences and business informatics. The University has in general a strong experience in the domains of information management, service sciences, life sciences and software engineering.
Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov, Romania WEB SITE
Universitatea Transilvania din Braşov is a Romanian public academic institution with about 920 full‐time scientists and around 21,000 students (including 1,200 students in doctoral programs). The university now has 16 faculties, eight in engineering fields and eight in various academic profiles. The Research Departments are defined in the strategy as autonomous structures of the university, responsible for developing quality and competitive research. The research departments have their own staff, Ph.D. students, research master programs and high‐level infrastructure.
Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies, GREECE WEB SITE
The Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies was founded in 2003 comprising of three previously existing and two new institutes. It operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports. It is based in Athens, with its Institutes located in Athens, Patras and Xanthi.
Empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations und Technologieforschung MBH, Germany WEB SITE
Empirica is a leading European research institute in eHealth concepts, policies, strategic development, clinical and socio‐economic impact, technology assessment and business development. Building on its expertise in the VPH area and through collaboration with the clinical, research and industrial communities. It regularly undertakes assessment and evaluation studies of complex eHealth RTD developments and ICT‐enabled systems and solutions applied to healthcare, including developing exploitation strategies and business plans, usually as international project leader.
Lynkeus Srl, Italy WEB SITE
Lynkeus is an independent strategy consultancy, founded in 2000, which works to identify and promote the best cutting‐edge technological solutions to complex socio‐economic problems in a variety of areas: ranging from eHealth, eGovernment, eProcurement and ePayment to asset‐based welfare and voucher systems for social services. Partially a spin‐off of two well‐known Italian research centres: Censis, led by Prof. Giuseppe De Rita, and CER, led by the former Minister Giorgio Ruffolo, Lynkeus groups some of the most qualified researchers in the area of healthcare and technology analysis.
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