Section: Partnerships and Cooperations
Inria Associate Teams
See also: http://www.capneonates.org/
While survival is possible at increasingly lower gestational ages at birth, premature babies are at higher risk of developing mental disorders or learning disabilities than babies born at term. A precise identification of the developmental differences between premature and control neonates is consequently of utmost importance. Nowadays, the continuously improving quality and availability of MR systems makes it possible to precisely determine, characterize and compare brain structures such as cortical regions, or white matter fiber bundles. The objective of this project is to understand the developmental differences of premature versus normal neonates, using structural and diffusion MRI. This work consists in identifying, characterizing and meticulously studying the brain structures that are different between the two groups. To do so, we join forces between the Parietal team at Inria and the University of Southern California. Parietal has a recognized expertise in medical image registration and in statistical analyses of groups of individuals. USC has a broad knowledge in MR image processing. In particular, the Children's Hospital at Los Angeles (CHLA), which is part of USC, is in the process of collecting a unique database of several hundreds of premature and normal neonates MR scans. This joint collaboration is consequently a unique chance of addressing key questions pertaining to neonatal and premature development. It will make it possible to elaborate new tools to analyze neonate MR images while tremendously increasing our knowledge of neuroanatomy at such an early stage in life.
The CompuTumor associated team has been funded early 2007 and renewed in 2009. The CompuTumor project is dedicated to the study of brain tumor models and their coupling with medical images to better assist diagnosis and therapy. The project strongly enhance the current collaborations between Inria and a group of world leading teams with complementary technical and clinical expertise on these topics in Boston and Nice. More specifically, the project aims at (a) proposing new medical image processing method that could be used to better analize tumor images, (b) developping new brain tumor models in order to personalise these models with patient data. Microsoft Research has been also recently involved in the collaboration on lesion segmentation. Our most recent activity is described in sections 6.1.1 and 6.4.1 and also on the website of the associated team : http://www-sop.inria.fr/asclepios/projects/boston/ .
Inria International Partners
Collaboration with international hospitals
St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London, United Kingdom
Maxime Sermesant is a part-time lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Medical Imaging Group, Division of Imaging Sciences, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London lead by Pr Reza Razavi. The XMR facility within this hospital is a unique possibility to validate and exploit the cardiovascular modelling work.
Children Hospital, Boston
A collaboration with Dr Simon Warfield, director of the Computational Radiology Laboratory has been active for several years, especially on the issue of atlas-based image segmentation and registration.
Other International Hospitals
Collaborations with several other European hospitals have been established through the European projects Passport and euHeart.