The Medical Imaging Research Group at IDIBGI will receive funding to carry out the ProCAncer-I project starting late 2020. The project has been recently approved by the European Commission and will be funded under the H2020 framework program.
ProCAncer-I project brings together 20 partners from 11 different countries, including prostate cancer centers of reference, world leaders in artificial intelligence (AI), established European R&D Institutions and innovative Small and Medium Enterprises with the objective to design, develop, populate and deliver to the scientific community a large interoperable repository of health images, and a scalable high performance computing platform. The platform will host the largest collection of prostate cancer Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI). ProCAncer-I will develop novel AI models to address unmet clinical needs regarding prostate cancer management across the disease continuum: accurate detection, clinical characterization, early identification of metastatic forms or prediction of the risk of disease recurrence and treatment response, among others. In Europe, prostate cancer is the second most frequent type of cancer in men and the third most lethal.
Dr Joan Carles Vilanova, clinical coordinator of the Prostate Functional Unit at the Institute of Diagnostic Imaging (IDI) in Girona, and Dr Salvador Pedraza, Director of IDI and the Medical Imaging Research Group at IDIBGI, will lead the project at IDIBGI.