Organization GLIMPS

Department of Neurology

GLIMPS is part of the main longstanding research topics of the department of Neurology at the UMCG. The department plays an important role in the development of the protocol. It includes the information for patients, clinical parameters which need to be collected and adherence to clinical research criteria. Selection of patients takes place at the outpatient Neurology department.

Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

The department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at the UMCG provides daily performance of brain PET scans using radiotracers for common clinical use, like FDG ([18F]-fluoro-deoxyglucose) and FDOPA ([18F]-fluoroDOPA), but also a range of experimental tracers. The department plays an important role in the GLIMPS project concerning image acquisition and reconstruction of the scans performed at the UMCG. Link to the website of the department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging: click here.

NeuroImaging Center (NIC)

The NIC is a joint venture of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the University of Groningen (RUG). Currently, it is equipped with a 3 Tesla MR-scanner, EEG and TMS equipment and data analysis facilities. Research is focused on using and improving neuroimaging techniques for behavioral and cognitive neurosciences. The NIC supervises the running of the image-based algorithms and further improves their performance as an image-analysis tool.    

Scientific Visualisation and Computer Graphics (RUG)

The Department of Scientific Visualisation and Computer Graphics (SVCG) research group, within the Department of Computing Science, is part of the Johann Bernoulli Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science (JBI) of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The group carries out research in the area of scientific visualization, information visualization, software visualization, multiscale shape analysis, illustrative computer graphics, and innovative interfaces using large displays. SVCG is participating in implementing the new versions of pattern recognition methods in the GLIMPS project to be developed beyond the currently available image covariance techniques (Scaled Subprofile Model, SSM).

Target

Target is an ongoing public-private project in the area of large-scale data management and information systems managed by a consortium of ten academic and IT industry partners and hosted by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Target conducts  research and development with a focus on the design of intelligent information systems that can efficiently process data and extract information from extremely large and structurally diverse datasets. Target has set up an expertise center in Groningen for  (1) data  management of (inter)national science projects in the area of astronomy, life sciences, artificial intelligence, medical diagnosis and more;  (2) initiation of market-driven R&D  activities in collaboration with IT businesses that can lead to competitive Big Data solutions and applications. The Target infrastructure belongs to the second largest academic computer center in the Netherlands hosted by the Donald Smits Center for Information Technology at the University of Groningen (RUG).

Target’s role in GLIMPS is to develop and maintain the GLIMPS database, which will be hosted on the Target testbed, according to the functionality requirements of the project. All anonymous data is electronically transferred to the GLIMPS database. Target is also involved in ensuring smooth and reliable implementation of the image-based classification algorithm on its processing cluster facilities.

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