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International Aspects

International AspectsThe DECIDE consortium strongly believes that a European, and even wider approach is needed to tackle the problem of AD and neurodegeneration in general. Furthermore the rapidly ageing of society, that Europe and other developed economies has to cope with, make the societal emergency of the phenomenon more dramatic and resource-consuming. In this perspective, the project consortium and pilot infrastructure should be regarded as an extensible, proof-of-concept, platform, whose usage should be extended to other communities in Europe.


International key players were engaged prior to the beginning of the project, and the project will count on well-established relations since the first working day. These include European players such as GN3, EGI-Inspire, HealthGrid, EuroBioImaging, PharmaCOG and DiMI, and North-American leading ones, such as the Canadian CBRAIN and the US LONI. On the other hand, the implementation of the DECIDE infrastructure and service should be regarded not only as a step towards streamlining and enhancing confidence in early diagnosis of neurodegenerative pathologies, but as a concept that can be successfully extended to other pathologies and communities, not only in the field of neurology (i.e.for instance brain cancer), but to other organs as well (i.e.for example cardiology or traumatology). An International approach will be especially beneficial in view of such extension in scope, as it will help bringing together other groups who are working on the subject in different fields, sharing with them approaches and results, and making the best of the state of the art in this field.



Seventh Framework Programme - Eurpean Commission

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