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INPhINIT programme: Call for PhD Position on Computer-aided diagnosis on new ophthalmological imaging modalities

jnovo – Posted on December 20, 2017 at 6:20 am –

  • Job Type: PhD
  • Employer: Institute for Biomedical Research, INIBIC – University of A Coruña
  • Location: A Coruña, Spain
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  • Job Descriptions:

INPhINIT targets the most motivated PhD candidates by addressing the research areas in which Spain excels: Bio and Health Sciences, Technology, Physics, Engineering and Mathematics. The foundation offers 57 fellowships to pursue official doctoral degree studies at the research centres accredited.

https://obrasociallacaixa.org/en/educacion-becas/becas-de-posgrado/inphinit/call-for-application

The call for applications is intended for the pursuit of a doctoral degree in the fields of technology, engineering, physics, mathematics, life and health sciences and is aimed at individuals who fulfil the requirements to be admitted into a doctoral degree programme, provided that they also fulfil the mobility requirements between countries and that they have not previously enrolled in the doctoral studies applied for. 

Full details about the Programme can be found here:

https://obrasociallacaixa.org/documents/10280/602603/bases_inphinit_en.pdf/3e1ab449-62eb-46dc-869c-4cdd21e8e193

Call for PhD. Position: Computer-aided diagnosis on new ophthalmological imaging modalities

Institution: VARPA group (www.varpa.org, Contact: varpa@udc.es) . Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de A Coruña, INIBIC  – University of A Coruña. 
Location: A Coruña, Spain.
Group Leader: Manuel Francisco González Penedo.

Starting: between September and October of 2018 (In duly justified cases, this can be delayed until January of 2019.)
Duration: three years. However, they are granted for one year and include the possibility of two renewals in all cases, provided that the follow-up reports requested on an annual basis are favourable. 
Deadline: 1 February 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Central European Time – CET).

Fellowship amount:

  • Three annual payments of 34,800 euros. The amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the host institution (in this case, the host university or research center), as well as any other compulsory tax or fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of 34,800 euros to be received by the research fellow.
  • 3,564 euros per year, as an additional amount for conferences, courses, stays, consumables, equipment, intellectual property costs, etc. This additional amount will be managed by the Centre for the benefit of the research fellow, and it must be justified separately. 
  • ”la Caixa” Foundation will award a prize of 7,500 euros to be paid in the fourth year if the research fellow submits the thesis within 6 months subsequent to the end of the fellowship’s third year. 

Application:

https://hosts.lacaixafellowships.org/finder#1

Filtering by “province” indicating “A Coruña”, in page 2 there is:
PhD Position on Computer-aided diagnosis on new ophthalmological imaging modalities (Dr.Manuel F. González Penedo)“, with further information about the topic:

-Research Project / Research Group Description:

VARPA Group is member of the Informatics School of the University of A Coruña, also integrated in ICT Research Center from the same University, considered as a reference center and in the Biomedical Research Institute of Coruña (INIBIC) ranked by the External Scientific Committee with the maximum degree based on its research and technology transfer activities.
The group research lines are focused on Computer Vision systems. Particularly, one of the key areas of work for the group is the development of advanced vision systems for ophthalmic pathologies analysis. Since many years ago, works have been developed in ophthalmologic and optometric medical image analysis in order to characterize presence of pathologies, as well as early detection, analysis and temporal evolution analysis of them.In terms of this clinical field of work and associated to the integration of the group in the INIBIC Research Institute, the current main line of work in the VARPA Group is the development of smart applications and computerized methodologies allowing automatic processing of the images acquired with recent imaging modalities to improve and advance in the study of relevant structures and signs related to eye diseases.
This is always done having a clinical orientation by collaborating with expert staff in hospitals and health care centers in order to allow the integration of the new foundings in the daily practice. In particular, the new image modalities that the group is recently focused on comprise new devices that are starting to be Integrated in health services and that add valuable information to retina structure and appearance: Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Angio-OCT. These modalities open new doors in terms of studying relation between retina anatomy and structures  and the presence of a series of pathologies and conditions of the patient as they could be: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, or neurodegenerations just to  Name a few of the most prevalent ones.

-Job position description:

The International Diabetes Federation estimates that nowadays there are 387 million of diabetes patients in the world and by 2035 this number will be increased by 205 million meaning a prevalence of 8,3%.
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) are diseases that deteriorates the retinal layers implying fluid accumulation in the macular area. They represent the most frequent causes of visual acuity decrease in developed countries. Early detection of eye disease represents, in most cases, a reduction of associated expenses moreover a better quality of patients life.
Currently the DME and AMD diagnosis and monitoring is performed by Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), an imaging method noninvasive able to quantify the macular thickness and morphology of the retina, which is very effective for analyzing the evolution and treatment effects.
Both DME and AMD established classifications are based on analyzing a number of features in the OCT cross sections, such as retinal Thickness, the occurrence of abnormal tissues (cysts, serous detachment) or the presence of distortions in the layers. Current OCT devices are capable of measuring automatically retinal thickness. However, the evaluation of the characteristics associated with both pathologies are conducted qualitatively by visual inspection. Angio-OCT is a new modality of retinal imaging opening new possibilities for the study of retina structures and their relationship with pathologies.
The overall objective of this project is to develop new automatic techniques of image processing in order to detect and characterize abnormalities in the retina related to DME, AMD and other pathologies by exploring recent imaging modalities (i.e. OCT and Angio OCT) so that new computer-aided diagnosis  can be improved for screening and other clinical procedures.
Contact names: Marcos Ortega, Jorge Novo
Emails: mortega@udc.esjnovo@udc.es

  • Contact Name: Marcos Ortega, Jorge Novo
  • Contact Email: jnovo@udc.es
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