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Strathclyde mathematician wins prize for research into speeding up stroke diagnosis

19 Jul 2016 Strathclyde - A mathematician at the University of Strathclyde has shared in a prestigious prize for research into methods for accelerating the diagnosis of strokes. Dr. Victorita Dolean was part of the team of researchers which jointly won the Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize, awarded for their research aimed at saving lives. The prize, recognised in France and internationally, rewards work in numerical simulation and data processing and highlights the skills of teams in high performance scientific computing.

The research uses medical imaging to help clinicians distinguish more quickly between the two main types of stroke, which have different effects and require different types of treatment.

Dr. Dolean and her four colleagues received their prize of 15,000 euro at a ceremony in Paris. The award is made by digital services organisation Atos and French national computing agency GENCI.

Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK alone and is the world's second largest single cause of death, according to the Stroke Association.

Dr. Dolean, a Reader in Strathclyde's Department of Mathematics & Statistics, stated: "We are delighted and proud to have won this award for research in a very important area of health. Speed of diagnosis is crucial to a patient's safety and, often, survival in strokes. Part of the reason for this is that there are different types of stroke."

“The more common type is ischemic, which accounts for 80% of cases and requires a patient's blood to be thinned; the other 20% of cases are haemorrhagic, where the patient's blood pressure needs to be lowered. Clinicians need an image every 15 minutes but the equipment used for these tests is expensive and isn't portable; it can cost 300,000 euro for a CT scanner and 1 million euro for an MRI scanner", stated Dr. Dolean.

“In our research, we demonstrated an imaging technique, based on microwaves, which allowed the two types of stroke to be distinguished within less than 15 minutes. This technology can be used from the time when a patient is collected and throughout their hospital care”, stated Dr. Dolean.

The research team used two types of open source software, FreeFem++ and HPDDM, developed by project partners at Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions in Paris. FreeFem++ generates a three-dimensional image of the brain by solving basic electromagnetism equations known as Maxwell's equations. Coupled with this, HPDDM - High Performance Domain Decomposition Method - is a highly efficient parallel computing library that enables the solving of problems of great complexity and size by using powerful algorithms.

Dr. Dolean stated: "The combination of these two tools can simulate any kind of physical phenomenon. All this has been made possible through a combination of new algorithms and powerful supercomputers."

Dr. Dolean's colleagues in the prize-winning research were: Frédéric Nataf, Research Director at CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris; Professor Frédéric Hecht, and Pierre-Henri Tournier, Researchers at Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris; and Pierre Jolivet, CNRS Researcher at IRIT-ENSEEIHT, Toulouse.

Vienna-based company EMTensor has created a machine consisting of a cylindrical chamber of data acquisition, with five rings of 32 antennae each. It works by placing the patient's head at the centre of the cylinder to measure electromagnetic fields following the emissions from each antenna.

Dr. Dolean stated: "Two prototypes of this technology are in a hospital in Vienna. An even smaller system is under development; it is the size of a helmet, which allows for even more precise measurements. It could eventually be something which people could have in their own home."
Source: University of Strathclyde

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Primeur weekly 2016-07-25

Special

SpiNNaker and BrainScaleS neuromorphic systems ready for non-expert use in stochastic inference computing ...

Beyond Moore's Law panelists address business maturity of new technologies, future developments, neuromorphic chip training, and memristors ...

Focus

D-Wave works with its customers Lockheed, Google and Los Alamos to design better quantum software ...

Altair's Bill Nitzberg to present PBS Pro open source license version, PBS Simulator and PBS Cloud Manager ...

Quantum computing

Russian physicists discover a new approach for building quantum computers ...

RMIT researchers make leap in measuring quantum states ...

Focus on Europe

Guiding EU researchers along the last mile to Open Digital Science ...

Digital Humanities and Urban Climate proposals win NLeSC-Lorentz Workshop competition ...

European Horizon 2020 Work Programme update supports competitiveness through open science ...

6th Irish Supercomputer List shows Irish HPC capacity doubles with new no. 1 and three new TOP500-class machines ...

PRACE to look for Peer-Review Officer ...

7th International HPC Summer School took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia ...

Middleware

Inria joins the OpenMP ARB ...

Hardware

Gigabyte announces official release of production-ready Cavium ThunderX-based servers ...

The University of Tokyo selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand to accelerate its newest supercomputer ...

Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom ...

A mini-antenna for the data processing of tomorrow ...

Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems joins EEMBC Executive Board ...

Electron spin control: Levitated nanodiamond is research gem ...

The Scripps Research Institute leverages powerful end-to-end DDN storage to help reveal secrets to new medical treatments ...

Applications

MSC Software partners with Italian Campania Region Technological Aerospace District for the development of aeronautical programmes ...

Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray offer advanced Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics services ...

Strathclyde mathematician wins prize for research into speeding up stroke diagnosis ...

Underlying molecular networks suggest new targets to combat brain cancer ...

An accelerated pipeline to open materials research ...

Rice wins interdisciplinary Big Data grant ...

Study uses text-mining to improve market intelligence on startups ...

The Cloud

The HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement tender is out: you can bid now ...

CSC and IBM expand strategic alliance with collaboration utilizing IBM Cloud for z to enable clients' move to Cloud ...