Partners About H-e-C

 Coordinator  Siemens AG – Erlangen, Germany

Siemens is a leading supplier of integrated solutions in the healthcare aaarena with products and services spanning multiple imaging modalities as well as healthcare IT. As a solutions provider, Siemens has a number one or two global market position in multiple businesses like angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography, digital image storage systems (Picture Archiving & Communication Systems – PACS) and information technology. Customers range from private practice physicians and hospitals to leading university medical schools. Siemens is dedicated to improve quality of healthcare and reduce the associated costs by promoting development of leading edge technologies, focusing on clinical workflow solutions and seamless IT-integration of hospitals and physicians’ practices. 

  Lynkeus Srl – Rome, Italy

Founded in 2000, Lynkeus undertakes Strategy Consulting and Research in the sectors of e-Government and e-Business. The company offers its services both to public-sector management and to private organisations, and specialises in long-term forecasting, policy advice and project management of complex innovation activities. 

  I.R.C.C.S. Giannina Gaslini – Genoa, Italy

The Giannina Gaslini Institute (IGG), established in 1939, with 28 clinical/surgical units (15 with associated laboratories) and four independent experimental research laboratories, is the largest public paediatric teaching hospital in Italy. Its 500-plus beds accommodate nearly 20,000 hospitalisations per year (totalling over 130,000 days), with its outpatient services performing more than 16,000 visits per year. Telling of the IGG’s reputation and expertise is the fact that over 40% of all admissions (and 36% of all day hospital visits) are from outlying regions. 

University College London -Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital – London, UK

UCL operates the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) and its research arm, the Institute for Child Health (ICH). GOSH has 350 inpatient beds and is the largest tertiary and quaternary centre for children in the UK. It was awarded a 5 star plus rating for Excellence in academic status which is the highest possible research accolade in the UK.; it offers a very wide range of paediatrics specialties, including 21 medical, 11 surgical and 8 diagnostic specialties, plus 8 paramedical and other clinical support.The mission of the Radiology and Physics Unit, part of the Neurosciences and Mental Health theme, is to improve the diagnosis, understanding and treatment of childhood disease through the development and application of state-of-the-art medical imaging techniques. The Unit’s research involves extensive collaboration with colleagues from other Units within the Institute and Hospital, as well as with other Departments within University College London and with further research groups elsewhere within the UK and overseas. 

  Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris – Necker –  Paris, France

The Hospital was founded in 1778 and now offers a very wide range of paediatric specialties, including 48 medical and surgical specialties. Necker Hospital for Sick Children has 672 inpatient beds and is one of the largest tertiary and quaternary centre for children in France.The mission of the Cardiologic Unit is to improve the diagnosis, understanding and treatment of paediatric heart defects. To fulfill this mission, the Unit integrates clinical and experimental researches on site in collaboration with Departments within Necker University that is located beside the Hospital. 

European Organisation for Nuclear Research -CERN – Geneva, Switzerland

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, funded by 20 European nations, is constructing a new particle accelerator on the Swiss-French border on the outskirts of Geneva. When it begins operation in 2007, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be the most powerful machine of its type in the world, providing research facilities for several thousand High Energy Physics (HEP) researchers from all over the world.CERN has chosen Grid technology to solve this huge data storage and analysis challenge and has decided to refocus on the Grid the entire computing pans for the evolution of its own computing. It has also a long tradition of collaboration with industry in the IT domain often in the framework of EU supported research programmes.CERN is operated by 2700 permanent staff coming from the 20 member states. It has a yearly budget of about 1000 M Chf. 

   Maat G Knowledge – Toledo, Spain  

Maat Gknowledge is a Consulting Firm delivering IT solutions and professional services to improve business process performances, by leveraging synergies in Strategy and Technology. The company is involved in several domains including Knowledge Management, Information System, Customer Relationship Management and Data Integration. In the past years, the company has acquired a strong position in Spain collaborating with several Regional Governments, Financial Institutions, Telecommunication Operators and Professional Associations with its offices distributed in Madrid, Valencia, Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla-Leon, Extremadura, Geneva, London, and Buenos Aires. Among different initiatives, maat Gknowledge has developed major applications in the Healthcare area in Spain, in particular for Hospitals data management and integration, and is also involved in banking software developments, public administration and education. Expressing its philosophy of acquiring a rich and varied experience, maat Gknowledge promotes innovation and exchange of competencies through a robust and open team of researchers and engineers, motivated by the novelty and challenges of complex international projects. Following the latest trends in research and industry, maat Gknowledge is articulating its offer around Grid technologies and in particular for healthcare. Following the latest trends in research and industry, maat Gknowledge is articulating its offer around Grid technologies and in particular for healthcare.   

   University of the West of England – Bristol, UK

The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) has an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. Within UWE, the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) hosts the Centre for Complex Co-operative Systems (CCCS) whose main direction is in inter-disciplinary research in distributed computing and large-scale data management based around collaborative international projects. The Centre for Complex Co-operative Systems (CCCS) is led Professor Richard McClatchey and has five members of staff, two Visiting Professor, three Research Fellows and nine PhD students. In addition CCCS has a long record of applied computer science research with industrial groups including Motorola, HPLabs and British Aerospace. 

University of Athens – Athens, Greece

The University of Athens is one of the major highest degree public educational institutions in Greece. The Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, Faculty of Applied Sciences, is divided in three sectors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Communications and Signal Processing. Its staff consists of 34 academic staff members and over 100 PhD candidates and research associates. The research and development activities within the Department cover a wide spectrum of Information and Communication technologies. 

University of Genoa – Genoa, Italy

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (DISI) of the University of Genova, established in 1992, consists of 27 faculties. DISI organises undergraduate and graduate programs in Computer Science and its main research areas include Formal Methods, Computer Graphics and Computational Geometry, Computer Vision and Machine Learning, Object Oriented and Logic Programming, Performance Evaluation, Semantics and Logic, Databases and Information Systems, and Design and Implementation of Languages and Systems. DISI is engaged in many national and international research projects (including STREPS and NoEs in the 6th Framework) and has strong links with national industries and SMEs. 

  The French National Institute for research in Computer Science and Control – INRIA – Sophia Antipolis, France

Inria is the French National Institute for research in Computer Science and Control. INRIA aims to network skills and talents from the fields of information and computer science and technology from the entire French research system. INRIA’s decentralised organisation (6 Research Units), its small autonomous teams and regular evaluation enable INRIA to develop its partnerships, with 95 research projects shared with universities, Grandes Ecoles and research organisations. It is also strengthening its involvement in the development of research results and technology transfer: 400 R & D contracts with industry and 50 technology companies have been born of the Institute. The aim of EPIDAURE team is the development of new tools in Medical Imaging and Robotics. Among the main research themes of the team, one can find the extraction of quantitative parameters (shape, texture) from images, image registration (temporal, multimodal, multi-subject…), the construction of anatomical and functional atlases from images, morphometry (statistics on shape and intensities), the analysis of the cardiac motion, the modeling of soft tissues for visual and haptic interaction, physiological models of organs, and the coupling of medical imaging and robotics. The main application domains are: computer aided diagnosis, surgery simulation and image guided therapy, which implies augmented and virtual reality and robotics tools. 

European Genetics Foundation –  Bologna, Italy

The European Genetics Foundation is responsible for the management of finances of the Laboratory of Medical Genetics of the University of Bologna and for the organisation of the European School of Genetic Medicine (ESGM).The Laboratory of Medical Genetics of the University of Bologna ( comprises several research groups involved in studies on genetic determinants of human diseases, including a number of cancer types. The qualified staff and the equipment of the Laboratory will allow to perform advanced researches on brain tumor genomics, establishing a fruitful integration with the other partners involved in the clinical and genetic fields in this project. he European School of Genetic Medicine (ESGM) has a long tradition in the training of European geneticists (see The unique highly individualized and highly interactive approach of the ESGM has contributed to its exceptionally good reputation among young European researchers and some EU countries require that their specialists in Medical Genetics have attended at least one such course before being admitted to the respective national Board examinations (e.g. the Netherlands and Switzerland).EGF and ASPER have been working together for the development of a diagnostic DNA chip, a new version of which has been recently validated in the framework of the EuroMediterranean Information Society (EUMEDIS) research programme. 

  Aktiaselts Asper Biotech – Tartu, Estonia

Asper Biotech is a leading Estonian biotechnology company. Since its start of operations in 1999 with 4 scientists, Asper has grown to become the biggest biotech exporter in Estonia, with annual turnover approaching 1 M EUR. The company has its products on the market, and has reached operational cash-positive level of sales. Asper has launched a competitive technology platform (APEX) onto the world genotyping market and is the only European SME using this technology for mutation analysis and DNA resequencing.Asper has been involved in various grant applications during the first two calls for proposals in FP6 Program and two projects were successfully funded. Asper works together with noted scientific centers around the world. To name a few – Stanford University, Columbia University, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Norwegian Radium Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, as well as international biotech and pharmaceutical companies. 

Gerolamo Gaslini Foundation – Genoa, Italy

The Gerolamo Gaslini Foundation (Fondazione Gerolamo Gaslini) is a public non-profit entity founded in 1949, whose statutory mission is to promote and sustain – exclusively in those instances where other local, national public and/or private funding sources prove insufficient – the children’s research hospital, the Giannina Gaslini Institute, in achieving its goals of clinical and scientific excellence in paediatric sciences. Despite clear very close working relations, the two entities are separate and distinct.

OPBG  Bambino Gesù Paediatric Hospital

Founded in 1869, has 800 beds in 6 buildings, and is a well-established comprehensive medical centre for paediatric healthcare. It provides a complete range of paediatric healthcare services including emergency care, medical and surgical inpatient care, a Day Hospital for multiple subspecialties, and outpatient services in the various paediatric subspecialties for children and adolescents. OPBG is accredited by the National Healthcare Service, and is one of three Paediatric Research Hospitals in Italy. In 2007, OPBG received accreditation from the Joint Commission International. As a research institute, OPBG has active research laboratories in the basic sciences, including molecular genetics, immunology, metabolic diseases, and neurophysiology. Many OPBG physicians have experience and expertise in performance of clinical trials, especially in cardiology, immunology, neurology, nephrology, and oncology.
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