European funding for 7 PhD-students at BME

For stimulation of research networks, funding of ETN (European Training Networks) is assigned within the Marie Skłodowska Curie actions by the European Union.
Goal of the ETN networks is to educate and bring together young international researchers. Application therefore has to be done by multiple international partners, which can use the funding to employ foreign PhD-students.
Research group Cardiovascular Biomechanics participates in two of these projects and now has the opportunity to hire 4 PhD-students in total. In one of these projects Philips Healthcare is one of the partners, with an additional 2 PhD-students, which will promote within the research group of Biomedical Image Analysis. Research group Chemical Biology is granted funding for 1 PhD-student. So within the department of BME three new projects will be started.

In this project researchers will be educated in research and development of technology in the field of cardiology. Strong bonds between university, industry and clinic will be developed. The broad experience in ultrasound, modelling of the heart and (LVAD) experiments, within the group of Cardiovascular Biomechanics, will be combined by two PhD-students to improve the assessment of LVAD’s (devices for heart support) in patients. Measuring the effects of LVAD’s is currently difficult, so it is hard to obtain optimal settings. Experiments and ultrasound data can improve models of the heart, such that long term effects of these supporting heart devices can be understood better. This leads to optimal control.

The consortium consists of a.o. research groups from the United Kingdom (Sheffield University and UCL), the Netherlands (UMCU), France (CNRS Lyon) and Italy (Politecnico di Milano). In the Eindhoven region partners are LifeTec group B.V., Esaote Europe B.V. and Catharina Hospital.

In this project researchers will be educated in research and development of technology in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. MRI will be used. Within the research group of Cardiovascular Biomechanics two PhD-students will be assigned to support diagnose and treatment of heart failure by using mathematical models. One of the PhD-students will develop models of sick hearts based on clinical images. The other will develop heart models for long term prediction of treatment, such as tissue changes and growth.
Philips Healtcare (MRI department) also has the opportunity to assign two PhD-students within this project, which will promote within the research group of Biomedical Image Analysis. These two PhD-students will develop image analysis techniques to quantify movement of the heart wall and blood flow in the heart and the aorta. They will focus on the function of heart valves.

Participants in this project are a.o. research groups from the Netherlands (MUMC), Italy (Politecnico di Milano), the United Kingdom, (Imperial College Londen), Belgium ( University of Gent)  and local partners Catharina Hospital and Life Tec group B.V.

Multivalent Systems
Goal of the partners in this project is to educate a new generation of scientists, which can develop chemical systems for the improvement of understanding multivalent systems. Multivalency ( having a valance larger than two) is an important mechanism for strong and selective biomolecular  recognition. A large amount of biological processes depend on these effects, so a better understanding is desired. The international cooperation, which the PhD-students will have within various research groups, will result in assessment of the topic from very different scopes and approaches.  

In this project there will be participation from a.o. research groups from the Netherlands (University of Twente), the United Kingdom (University of Oxford, University of Cambridge), Germany (FU Berlin, WWU Munster), Italy (Università di Padova) and Phillips.