EUR 1 million to Finnish-Japanese research in medical ICT devices

(2 Apr 2013)

The Academy of Finland and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) have decided to fund three Finnish-Japanese research projects in the field of applications of medical ICT devices. The Academy’s funding contribution comes to around EUR 1.1 million.

The funding is granted as part of a funding programme under the theme ICT and technology in health and medical research that runs from 2012 through to 2014. The Academy of Finland, Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and the JST participate in the programme.

The funded projects

Professors Juhani Knuuti and Hidehiro Iida are working to develop novel diagnostic methods and tools for measurement of multi-organ tissue perfusion and for evaluation of therapeutic trials. Their project will apply positron emission tomography (PET) for absolute quantification. It has been applied in various clinical problems, such as cardiac and brain diseases, and cancer.

In their project, Professors Jari Iinatti and Ruyji Kohno are focusing on a wireless body area network (WBAN) as a core of ideal ubiquitous healthcare infrastructure. WBAN is a crucial wearable and implant network sensing various vital data for diagnosis and controlling actuators for health treatment around the body. It constructs a ubiquitous healthcare network combined with existing radio and optical networks, such as a mobile cellular network and the internet.

Professors Petri Pulli and Kato Hirokazu are working to develop a navigation system for older people with dementia to help them walk outdoors independently. Another aim is to develop different web-based applications that will help caregivers. The system will facilitate the monitoring of the health conditions of older people and promote their social interaction by means of mobile technology. The funded Finnish-Japanese collaboration will provide resources to develop and validate the system in two different populations and with Finnish and Japanese end-users.

More information: 

  • Senior Science Adviser Aki Salo, Health Research Unit, tel. +358 29 533 5104
  • Science Adviser Samuli Hemming, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Unit, tel. +358 29 533 5024

Academy of Finland Communications
Communications Specialist Vesa Varpula
tel. +358 29 533 5131

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