Barcelona Digital, a research center specialized in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and a TECNIO member (the network that promotes technology transfer and business innovation in Catalonia), will lead the R&D European project Synergy – Modelling and simulation environment for systems medicine: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as a use case. The project obtained 14.5 points out of 15 and has been ranked third among more than 120 projects evaluated in the recent ICT’s Virtual Physiology Human call of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. Synergy has a budget of 4.6 million euros and will be executed during a period of three years.
Besides Barcelona Digital as the project coordinator, the consortium comprises Biomax Informatics AG (Germany), Linkcare Healthservices S.L. (Spain), the Consorci Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (Spain), the Karolinska Institute (Sweden), the Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of The University of Oxford (UK), the University of Birmingham (UK), Infermed Ltd. (UK) and the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary).
The Synergy project aims to study different functions of the human body using computer models at different levels (genes, molecules, cells and organs), which will be integrated among them.
Based on this integration, the project will develop a decision-support tool for doctors, allowing them to diagnose the progress of the disease in each patient.