MUltiSectoral Integrative approaches to CArdiac care

01 January 2015 → 31 December 2018
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Other engineering and technology not elsewhere classified
cardiac surgery
Other information
Project description

MUltiSectoral Integrative approaches to CArdiac care – MUSICA - is proposed by a team of universities, companies and hospitals from 4 EU countries (Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium). The main scope of MUSICA is to structure a new trans-sectoral and multidisciplinary network capable of developing research and technology with no barriers between academia, industries and clinicians in the cardiac arena, and of shaping young researchers with a novel and truly multidisciplinary mindset, capable of developing clinical- and business-oriented technology including tools for the advancement of base knowledge. MUSICA activity will impact on the field of cardiac surgery in three ways:
i) from a scientific standpoint, new knowledge will be gained regarding the response of tissues to their surgical reshaping, to the implantation of devices and to drugs;
ii) from a technological standpoint, new technologies will be developed to improve the design and generation of new clinical solutions, the clinical training, and image-based diagnosis and prognosis; iii) from an educational standpoint, a new paradigm of PhD track will be implemented, which will combine academic research in the field of biomedical engineering with industrial research activities and with on-the-field activity within clinical infrastructures. This novel PhD track will be accessed by 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) recruited in the project by universities (7) and companies (8).

Role of Ghent University
Ghent University is involved in WP1: Simulation of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The ESR will improve, validate and use a computational framework allowing to accurately simulating TAVI procedures. This virtual framework will be used to compare and investigate the biomechanical behavior of the currently available devices. WP2: Quantification of intra-cardiac flow based at UGENT in collaboration with TU/e and POLIMI. Software will be developed to quantify intracardiac fluid-dynamics by means of i) computational fluid-dynamics simulations in geometrical models based on CMR data, and ii) computation of blood velocity flow field directly through the processing of phase-contrast CMR images.
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