Project: Development of a Methodological Framework for Integrated PET/MR Imaging of Neurodegeneration

Acronym ND-PETMRI (Reference Number: JPCOFUND_FP-940-011)
Duration 01/10/2016 - 31/03/2017
Project Topic Integrated PET/MR is a new imaging technology that allows the acquisition of a multitude of functional and morphological information of the brain within a single scan. As such, it is considered a promising tool for neurodegeneration research. However, guidelines on the proper utilization of integrated and quantitative PET/MRI are currently not available. Our Working Group of international experts in integrated brain PET/MRI plans to develop a first methodological framework for the harmonisation and alignment of integrated PET/MRI of patients with neurodegenerative diseases. In this endeavour our Working Group is supported by an Advisory Reference Group of reputed experts. Two workshops, as well as intense in-between communication will lead to a final framework, a repository of respective image acquisition protocols, and other documents, which will be disseminated to the neurodegeneration imaging and the JPND communities. This framework will also harmonise and align integrated brain PET/MRI by defining data acquisition and handling standards and quality assurance protocols, with the aim of streamlining the future use of this cutting-edge technology in multi-centre European neurodegeneration research. Taken together, the proposed initiative has a great potential to improve neurodegeneration imaging and neurodegeneration research in general.
Network JPco-fuND
Call Working Groups for Harmonisation and Alignment in Brain Imaging Methods for Neurodegeneration

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 University of Leipzig Coordinator Germany
2 University of Amsterdam Partner Netherlands
3 University of Padova Partner Italy
4 University College London Partner United Kingdom
5 University of Cologne Partner Germany
6 University of Copenhagen Partner Denmark
7 University of Bergen Partner Norway
8 Medical University of Vienna Partner Austria
9 Massachusetts General Hospital Partner United States of America
10 University of Leipzig Partner Germany