Reviews on Non-animal Methods in Use for Biomedical Research in founded by the EU Commission H2020 (JRC/IPR/2018/F.3/0035/OC).
The main object of the 4R project is to provide a comprensive review of non-animal methods in use for basic and applied research concerning the human Cardiovascular diseases.
The 3D VIRTUAL BABY HEART project (2018-2020) is founded by the Italian Ministry of Health (GR-2016-02365072)
Partners: BiocardioLab, Fondazione Toscana “G Monasterio”, Massa, Italy; adult cardiosurgery and pediatric cardiology units of FTGM and the Laboratory of Perceptual Robotics (PERCRO) of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.
The main objective od this project is to design an engineering workflow based on 3D Printing techniques and Virtual and Mixed Realityenviroment for supporting physical pre-operative planning
The final goal of this project is to test whether the systematic integration of 3D models in daily practice may change the surgical/interventional approach to complex CHDs defects thus saving times and costs and lately ameliorating outcomes.
“High-speed 3D-imaging of blood vessels based on optical signal processing”
The DIVINE project (2017-2019) is founded by the Fondazione Pisa.
What the DIVINE project proposes is a fully photonics-based OCT system where both the scanning and data processing operations (with particular reference to A-scan/B-scan and fast Fourier transform) are carried out at very high-speed in the optical domain.
Virtual and Augmented Reality Support for Transcatheter Valve Implantation by using Cardiovascular MRI
Summary: Minimally invasive interventions based on transcatheter techniques have dramatically changed the treatment of cardiac valve dysfunction avoiding open-heart surgery. Bioengineering tools can be applied in this context to support a wider use of this technique and safely spread the related advantages. Realistic patient-specific models will be created as a suitable option to accurately test possible interventions. Cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging will be integrated with computer analyses and navigation systems to plan and execute such interventions on a patient-specific basis. This project involves clinical centres and bioengineering laboratories which will work in synergy to support a translation of patient-specific modelling towards clinical benefits.
The Valvetech project (2016-2018) is founded by the Tuscany Region.
Partners: BiocardioLab, Fondazione Toscana “G Monasterio”, Massa, Italy; adult cardiosurgery units of FTGM, the Laboratory for Biomaterials & Graft Technology of IFC-CNR Institute (PI), the Biorobotic Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italyand the Endocas center of the University of Pisa.