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The Vision Institute and Langevin Institute Receive a Synergy Grant from the European Research Council

On December 18, 2013, the European Research Council (ERC) announced  the names of the thirteen projects selected from nearly 450 applicants who received a Synergy grant and who will share a total of €150 million. Each project brings together two to four eminent scholars across disciplines. The project HELMHOLTZ* is the only winning project presented by a French team. 

The HELMHOLT project, brings the Vision and Langevin Institutes together with the goal of developing a non-invasive ultrasound and ultra-fast optical imaging technology to study the structure and function of cells of the retina and its vessels in real-time.
HELMHOLTZ project teams used recent advances in imaging (Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), adaptive optics, and ultra-sonography) to design a tool that offers the combined possibilities of several next generation technologies developed by the Langevin Institute: high-speed ultrasound imaging, high-speed Doppler, ultrafast OCT, bi-photonic in vivo imaging, holographic laser Doppler imaging, etc. The Vision Institute coordinates the project, provides expertise in biology and imaging (e.g. photon) and high-speed cameras. It will evaluate and validate these approaches by applying them to translational problems (vascular disease, aging, genetic diseases) as well as the in vivo investigation of the physiology of the retina (photoreceptors, vessels).
These new tools, which provide an image resolution never before obtained, will enable early diagnosis of vision diseases and the study of the mechanisms of their development.
The Vision and Langevin Institutes hope that this high-performance holistic approach will allow the medical community to better understand retinal function and lead to the discovery of new therapeutic strategies for vision diseases (macular degeneration related to aging, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, glaucoma, etc.), and it can then be extended to other areas of neuroscience.

* HELMHOLTZ, this project for holistic assessment of light wave applications and multiple high-resolution imaging in translational research ophthalmic, was named after Hermann von Helmholtz, who developed the ophthalmoscope in 1851 and made numerous ophthalmic and physical findings. Still today, the ophthalmoscope continues to be widely used by ophthalmologists to examine the inside of the eye.


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Photo: The visual pathology simulator at the Vision Institute © D.R UPMC