CardioFunXion winter school 2018

When: 19/02/2018 - 22/02/2018
Where: Lyon - Paris
Registration will be opened until the 19 January 2018

The CardioFunXion project is pleased to announce the organization of its second winter school dedicated to cardiac ultrasound. This winter school will focus on the development of validation methods in cardiac ultrasound, covering recent advances in in-silico, in vitro and in vivo approaches. All invited speakers (morning classes) will present in depth their topic and will have time for interacting with the audience through constructive discussions. 

The winter school will be hosted by CREATIS this year and will take place in Lyon on the INSA campus.

In terms of lectures, the first day focuses on recent advances in modeling strategies to generate highly realistic cardiac images, both from heart mechanics and imaging perspectives. As synthetic images are often the first level of image processing algorithms, augmenting their realism is expected to have a high impact to improve the relevance of any evaluation based on such data.

The next day addresses key aspects of in vitro validation. The design of heart phantoms is a complicated topic to offer realistic conditions of acquisitions (and image quality) and reflect meaningful patterns in the shape and dynamics of a ventricle. Besides phantom that help quantifying accuracy in controlled conditions, in vitro experiments can also provide insights regarding the structure of the heart tissue. As a novel modality for high resolution imaging of tissue, it will be illustrated how Synchrotron based X-ray phase-contrast tomography can bring unique images enhancing structural information of the cardiac tissue and the perspectives it offers to understand at a myofibre resolution how certain pathologies affect cardiac tissue.

The third day of this winter school will describe methods for animal-based validation. Two essential uses of animal models will be illustrated: for the validation of image and signal processing methods that quantify disease, by offering a controlled model of the location and the extent of a pathology, and for the understanding of pathophysiology mechanisms in the cardiovascular system.

Finally, the last day will integrate lessons learned from the spectrum of in-silico, in vitro and in vivo approaches from the standpoint of clinical challenges, when it comes to verify the applicability of a software or the reliability of a clinical hypothesis within the context of a clinical study.

Three practical workshops will also run on the first 3 afternoons of the workshop.

These hands-on sessions offer a unique training opportunity to get your hands dirty while discussing with invited speakers of practical aspects that could not be discussed at morning sessions. 

Further information can be found here

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