VPH-DARE@IT at Europe’s biggest medical imaging conference

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is Europe's largest event in medical imaging and serves as the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the world's largest radiology society with more than 62,000 members. Each year, the congress attracts more than 20,000 participants from all over the world from a variety of imaging-related fields, such as radiology, medical physics and radiography.


At ECR 2016, the VPH-DARE@IT project held its very own session to give congress attendees an opportunity to learn about the project's aims, progress, results and the contribution made by medical imaging to the project. Six researchers from the VPH-DARE@IT consortium spoke at the session: Delivering a Clinical Decision Support Platform for Earlier Dementia Diagnosis on Saturday March 5, 2016. The session gave attendees an insight into the clinical platform being developed by the project, as well as the modelling approaches and imaging data being used to achieve the project'™s objective of earlier dementia diagnosis.


The session was titled The VPH-DARE@IT Project: Delivering a clinical decision support platform for earlier dementia diagnosis. This was of on the Saturday of the conference and was moderated by Zeike Taylor (CISTIB, University of Sheffield). The session consisted of a talk exploring the goals of the project, which was followed by a talk on the clinical platform delivered by Mark Van Gils ( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland). Exploring further into the project the research platform and the use of new techniques were presented by Susheel Varma (CISTIB, University of Sheffield) and Leandro Beltrachini (CISTIB, University of Sheffield). Susheel had the following to say about ECR;


"The ECR was a fantastic experience for me and for the VPH-Dare@IT project's visibility as a whole. We were able to summarise the efforts within the project into key outputs, namely the Patient Care Platform, the Clinical Research Platform, the Novel Image Processing pipelines and novel biomechanistic modelling tool; all devoted to early diagnosis and/or differential diagnosis of Dementia. The ECR allowed us to put our research in the context of global public and private efforts to tackle the ever rising problem of Dementia and find effective mechanisms to translate our work into clinical practice"


Turnout was good and the speakers had a great opportunity to engage with attendees who had a number of relevant questions about the project. It was also possible for people all over the world to watch the session live via the ECR Online website and it continues to be available to watch online for free (registration required). You can watch the session here.

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