Cyfronet AGH has won EU grant to build computational medicine centre

photos by Oktawia Żeber, KSAF AGH

The SANO Project, set up by AGH University of Science and Technology, has received a grant to of 15m euro awarded through the prestigious Teaming for Excellence Competition launched within the framework of the EU-sponsored Horizon 2020 Programme. The grant will allow researchers to conduct advanced computer simulations to be used in medical diagnostics. The winners of the competition were announced by Mr Jarosław Gowin – Poland’s Minister of Science and Higher Education and Deputy Prime Minister during his visit at ACK Cyfronet AGH.

The winning project will see the opening of the Centre for Individualised Computational Medicine to be based in Kraków. The facility will be involved in creating innovative methods of medical diagnostics and individualised therapies supported by advanced computer simulations. The Centre’s research staff will develop new computational methods, algorithms, models and technologies related to personalised healthcare tailored to the specific profile of an individual patient’s organism and needs. Personalised medicine is a concept based on understanding the differences between patients suffering from the same condition combined with a closer investigation of the complex nature of the condition in question. Equipped with this knowledge, scientists and medical practitioners will be able to fine-tune available therapies for maximum benefit to individual groups of patients.

The creation of the SANO Centre will directly contribute to the development of scientific and research activity in the region through fostering co-operation and networking within the scientific community as well as providing world-level  educational opportunities to PhD students and candidates. In addition, this new undertaking will enable transfer of e-technologies to the business environment, thus promoting growth of new companies operating in the sector of advanced technologies. The Centre will have a supra-regional impact and will contribute to the development of modern medicine and – consequently – to improved standards of healthcare.

The SANO Centre for Individualised Computational Medicine will  be realized  through international cooperation of five institutions. Members of the Consortium include –on the part of AGH UST – the CYFRONET AGH Academic Computer Centre together with Kraków-based Life Science Cluster, Germany’s  Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft and Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and the UK-based University of Sheffield. The project will be initially co-ordinated by the National Centre for Research and Development.

13 grants to the total amount of 195m euro were awarded through the competition. Among the entries showing the greatest potential are three projects submitted by Polish research institutions, including SANO.