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The REVAMMAD Project training anew generation of scientists to detect diseases through retinal imaging
A unique opportunity to study for PhD as part of major EU initiative
REVAMMAD is aEuropean Union project aimed at combatting some of the EUs most prevalent chronic medical conditions using retinal imaging.
REVAMMAD ispart ofthe European Union Framework FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network programme, which provides a supportive interdisciplinary framework for training of Early Stage Researchers ESRs who study PhDs supervised by at least two partners in different EU countries, and who will undertake a supportive training programme. Every ECR will experience a rich training environment including mentoring from clinicians and industry, summer schools, eseminars, and multiple placements with other project partners. The consortium mix of computer science, biomedical and clinical expertise guarantees a unique environment for scientific study.
Professor Andrew Hunter, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Science at the University of Lincoln, is the projectcoordinator. He states:
The vasculature plays a key role in chronic medical conditions that account for an increasing proportion of EU member state healthcare costs, including Alzheimers, diabetes, stroke and coronary heart disease. These issues have ignited considerable interest in computerised analysis of vascular images, to support scientific enquiry, diagnosis, prognosis and screening. However, until now research has been fragmented. There is therefore a clear need to establish a research community that integrates modelling, measurement and clinical investigation. This requires the training of a community of interdisciplinary experts with the scientific and mathematical expertise to determine how physiological changes can affect the vasculature, the computer vision skills to detect measurements that are correlated to such changes, and the medical expertise to relatethese to effective prognosis and diagnosis. The project partners have therefore worked together to devise the REVAMMAD project, whichwill provide a generation of experts with a unique blend of skills uniting theory, modelling, measurement and decision support, laying the ground work for improved retinal research in the next generation.