Valencia (EFE).- The Generalitat has launched “the main data and medical imaging center for the treatment of cancer in all of Europe”, an infrastructure located at the La Fe de València Research Institute, which becomes the central node of the European Cancer project Imaging.
This was announced by the General Director of Government Action Coordination, Juan Ángel Poyatos, who explained that the initiative is part of the project included in the European Commission’s Horizon Europe program and aimed at cancer imaging research through generation of clinical information and quality medical images that enable the implementation of precision medicine.
Medical Imaging Atlas
The initiative contemplates 21 clinical centers located in 12 countries, the main one being located in the Valencian Community, which houses the central node of the project, according to a statement from the Generalitat.
Thus, this platform will provide specialist medical personnel from all over Europe with an atlas of medical images of tumors that will act as a strategic tool for clinical oncology practice, thanks to access to shared data.
Further refine the treatments
“This is going to be a great advance, since it will be possible to anticipate the evolution of the disease and further refine the treatments. With this tool, the Valencian Community is at the forefront in Europe in the treatment of data and medical images for the treatment of cancer”, added Poyatos.
Likewise, it will be key to the development of Artificial Intelligence models that allow for an early diagnosis and to know the response to a specific cancer treatment in a specific patient.
The General Director of Government Action Coordination added that the European Commission has selected the Valencian Community for the implementation of the governance and organization node of this project after assessing “our health and innovation system”.
The Eucaim project is part of the European Oncology Imaging Initiative to connect resources and databases for oncology imaging throughout the European Union, respecting strict ethical standards, as well as trust, security and protection of personal data. .
EIt is scientifically coordinated by the La Fé Health Research Institute, through the GIBI2 research group, with the participation of five other institutions of the Valencian Community (Polytechnic University of Valencia, University of Valencia, Technological Institute of Informatics, and Quibim companies and S2 Group).
This project has a budget of 35.5 million euros and is 50% co-financed by the European Commission, according to sources. The infrastructure aims to cover more than 100,000 cancer cases by 2025 and at least 60 million cancer images annotated in a distributed atlas of cancer images.
In addition, according to the Generalitat’s statement, the project aspires to have at least 30 data providers distributed in 15 countries.