Professor Juha Töyräs (585,856€) and Professor Heikki Kröger (173,750€) have received total of 759 606 euros from EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 for joint diseases research project MIRACLE.
MIRACLE (Mid-infrared arthroscopy innovative imaging system for real-time clinical in depth examination and diagnosis of degenerative joint diseases) is a joint project between University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital with 11 European partners.
The MIRACLE project will implement and demonstrate an innovative MIR imaging-probe to be used during minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery enabling the in-depth diagnosis of degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis.
“The decision-making during arthroscopic surgery is based on visual inspection and manual probing of the cartilage tissue which is highly subjective and of poor repeatability,” says Kröger.
MIRACLE’s consortium expects to impact on the intra-operative decision making promoting patients’ well-being.
“In addition to reinforce the collaboration between the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, the funding will enable research towards clinical use of the developed probe,” Töyräs summarizes.
Osteoarthritis constitutes a major challenge for the health care systems, affecting 242 million people globally. In Europe, 20-40 % of the older adults suffer from the disease.
The MIRACLE project joins 13 European partners from 6 countries. The funding period for the project starts at the beginning of 2018. The total funding for the 3.5-year project is worth 6.2 million euros.