Consortium members

Astrid Research Inc.

Astrid Research Inc. is a privately held bioinformatics company (SME) focusing on -omics research and development - utilizing its core competences in mathematics and information technologies.

The firm was founded in December 2004 under the name Kripto Research Inc, as one of the first companies to commercialize the cryptographic (technology for data encryption and protection) research results created at the University of Debrecen.

In 2006 the company's focus shifted to medical and health informatics utilizing its strong research background in data protection and security. Reacting to that shift the company changed its name to Astrid Research. During this time several software applications were developed supporting telemedicine, patient compliance and therapy adjustment. Astrid started research in medical image processing in 2007, its first project being the automated detection of melanoma malignum from a digital image. Later that year, as the personalized medicine era started to enter, the company put more and more efforts in high throughput data analysis and biostatistics. Astrid partnered with Gedeon Richter (one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Hungary) and the University of Debrecen in 2008 to develop novel personalized therapy for patients with schizophrenia.

From 2009, Astrid Research Inc. consciously developed IT technologies and know-how, supporting all steps of the preclinical research workflow and various "-omics" technologies enabling our partners to get involved in the creation of molecular diagnostics and personalized therapy. In 2010 responding the growing demand Astrid Research started to develop IT technologies to support projects in the field of energy genomics and syntetic biology. For more visit website at http://www.astrid.hu




3T Research Ltd.

3T is a profit-oriented private company, with the aim to develop products and services for health providers in the field of ophthalmology. The founders of 3T have a long relationship with the University of Debrecen, which is the region's largest knowledge base and the second biggest health institute in Hungary. Through its founders and key personnel, 3T has extensive experience in clinical ophthalmology, in basic and also in clinical research, knowing the needs of the patients for better access to appropriate medical assistance, the physicians needs to provide quality services, the society’s needs to finance an efficient health system and the regulating authorities needs to bring medical products to the market. 3T has also developed and market a software product that is used in clinical trial management in many hospitals and health care institutes. 3T’s main customers are big pharma companies and CROs. For more visit website at http://www.threet.eu 


 
University of Debrecen, Faculty of Informatics

The Faculty of Informatics fulfils an important role with regard to higher education and scientific research in the region. The formation of our Faculty has coincided with implementation of the first Bologna process (2004) followed by four others, which has fundamentally determined the direction for future development of higher education in Hungary. The IT Faculty currently has 2000 students and it increases every year.  After gaining their master's degrees, our students also have the opportunity to study for their PhD at the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Doctoral School from the year 2007.
The Research Group currently consists of a core team of 14 researchers (3 Faculty, 6 PhD students, 8 MSc students) working on computer vision, image processing, digital topology and multi-modal human-computer interaction projects. The members of the group achieved many R&D results in the following topics: video content description, thermal video processing, alternative distance measurement, MEDIP - platform independent software system for medical applications, object simplification, curve tracing and compression, multi-modal computer games, blur remove, DNA examination, chromosome classification, examination of glas scratches, multi-modal draughts game, robot arm, optical character recognition based on Walsh transformation, facial gesture recognition, face detection. Website of the group (for more details): http://bio.inf.unideb.hu  .



Moorfields Eye Hospital
Moorfields Eye Hospital (founded in 1804), London, England is one of the world’s largest independent eye hospitals providing ophthalmic care to patients. The Reading Centre, Department of Research and Development was established in 2001 as part of the joint research strategy between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust (MEH) and the Institute of Ophthalmology. In January 2002 it was accredited by the Wisconsin Reading Centre, which is considered to be the “Gold Standard” in the field of ophthalmic photography grading. The Department is also instrumental in phenotyping the macula images for the MEH and the Cambridge Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) MRC funded studies.  The MEH Reading Centre has also set up new grading techniques for trabeculectomy blebs together with the 5FU Trial. It is also in the process of grading optic disc photographs from a wide variety of studies.  The Reading Centre has been set up to develop methods for assessment of ocular disorders and ocular manifestations of systemic disorders in ocular photographs that are suitable for epidemiological studies, to collaborate in the design, conduct, and analysis of such studies. Once the images are taken, the Reading Centre can objectively evaluate the images of all study participants to confirm clinical diagnosis thus providing the study with internationally recognised credibility through strict quality assurance.

The Reading Centre was chosen as RTD performer because based on the so far successful completion of studies, it is ideally placed in providing this proposed project with grading to a high quality standard.


nkth © 2011 DRSCREEN Projekt
Konzorciumi tagok: Astrid Research Kft, 3T Research Kft, Debreceni Egyetem Partner: Moorfields Eye Hospital (London)

 A projektet a Kutatási és Technológiai Innovációs Alap terhére kiírt Nemzeti Technológiai Program Élettudományok alprogramja útján a Nemzeti Kutatási és Technológiai Hivatal támogatja.