Outreach in Coimbra

On the 20th of May I had the opportunity to address the new students of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. I chose to give a very informal talk, encouraging questions and discussion on the REVAMMAD project, but also on research in general and PhD opportunities in Europe, as I believe these topics are very much of interest to someone entering the University still unaware of what to do after. This was a very different area for me and I must confess a very enjoyable experience in the end. I would like take this opportunity to thank professor Miguel Morgado for making this talk possible.


REVAMMAD on the news…


Jornal de Notícias” is one of the oldest and most important newspapers in Portugal. With over 120 years of existence, it has established itself as one of the most popular source of international, national and local daily news for the Portuguese population. Last month I had the pleasure of being interviewed to publicly promote the REVAMMAD project. The article was released on the 12th of may, both in the printed and on-line versions of the newspaper (although it charges a fee to read the complete article on-line). Since then I’ve been receiving an impressive number of comments congratulating us on our work and goals. I personally take this as a proof of the validity of our work, and hope that it can encourage everyone to work even harder eheh…

REVAMMAD on the "Jornal de Notícias"

REVAMMAD project in the “Jornal de Notícias”


European Association for the Study of Diabetes Eye Complications Study Group (EASDec)

Last weekend I attended the EASDec 2014, 24th annual meeting for the European Association for the Study of Diabetes — Eye Complications Study Group.
The 2014 meeting took place in Padova, my hometown and city of the Universita’ degli Studi di Padova, the meeting’s host and one of the REVAMMAD’s partner Universities.
I had the chance to be there with my colleagues from Aarhus University, Line Pedersen and Peter Jensen, invited for a presentation of their research. Line discussed her investigation on the inhibition of NO and COX synthesis as a possible tool for normalizing diameter changes of retinal vessels in diabetic retinopathy, while Peter is researching into the heterogenous effects of diameter regulation of porcine retinal arterioles and capillaries in vitro. My supervisor for my ESR programme — Prof. Bek — is also their supervisor and attended the meeting as a moderator.
My MSc’s supervisor — Prof. Ruggeri — was also there and contributed to the symposium discussing the corneal sub-basal nerve plexus parameters toward an automatic quantification.
The meeting had a strong medical focus. However, the quality of the presentation and posters made the whole conference very interesting and easy to follow through also for researchers with a different background like me, helping me to better understand the disease I am researching into.

Giovanni Ometto

From left: Alfredo Ruggeri, Giovanni Ometto and Toke Bek at EASDec2014 in Padova

From left: Alfredo Ruggeri, Giovanni Ometto and Toke Bek at EASDec2014 in Padova

From left: Peter Jensen, Giovanni Ometto and Line Pedersen in front of the Galileo Galilei's Cattedra, Palazzo del Bo, Padova

From left: Peter Jensen, Giovanni Ometto and Line Pedersen in front of the Galileo Galilei’s Cattedra, Palazzo del Bo, Padova

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Conference

The ARVO annual conference brings together thousands of PhDs, MDs, engineers, and companies interested in viewing and sharing the latest in eye research. The large attendance and laid back atmosphere allows attendees to split their time between catching up with old colleagues, setting up business meetings, and forming new collaborations while presenting their own original work and checking out the ideas of others. The conference this year was held in Orlando, Florida and three ESRs (Giovanni Ometto, Pedro Guimaraes, and myself) as well as a few supervisors had the opportunity to attend, with Pedro and I presenting posters. There was a very positive response to our work and we are looking forward to building on some of the relationships we made as well as attending next year’s conference in Denver, Colorado. I also encourage anyone interested in eye research to attend at least once. My field, image processing, is just a very small percentage of the work presented and there is truly something for everyone. I’m talking to you Sergio.  Hope to see you all next year!

Giovanni, Jeff, Toke, and Pedro at ARVO.

Giovanni, Jeff, Toke, and Pedro at ARVO.

Jeff and Enea in front of Jeff's poster

Jeff and Enea in front of Jeff’s poster

Pedro and Jeff in front of Pedro's poster

Pedro and Jeff in front of Jeff’s poster

Early Stage Researcher 1.1: Matteo Aletti

My name is Matteo Aletti and I am from Italy where I studied Mathematical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.
Mathematical Engineer is a relatively young course which combines theoretical mathematics with computer science toMatteo Aletti solve engineering problems.
I joined REVAMMAD project in January 2014 from Paris at the INRIA (Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique) under the supervision of Jean-Frédéric Gerbeau and Damiano Lombardi in the REO team.
Within the project I’m working on the mathematical modeling of the micro-circulation.
In the human retina it is possible to take many different measurements mostly based on imaging techniques, but still there are some hidden quantities that are difficult to be measured, for example pressure and/or blood flow can be very difficult to measure.
Thanks to mathematical modelling it is possible to perform computer simulations to enrich the available data and to get access to such unavailable quantities.
In particular, in a very first phase of my PhD I reconstructed a three dimensional representation of the retinal network starting from two dimensional segmented images. With such a realistic geometry it is now possible to run haemodynamics simulations and to estimate fluid dynamics parameters, like flow rates for instance.
Currently I am designing a model to describe the interactions between the blood flow and the arteriolar vessels in such a way that it is possible to take into account more complex phenomena like auto-regulation which is an active response of the arteriolar wall to a sudden increase in the systemic pressure.

Outreach Activity for Georgios Leontidis

Georgios had a unique chance to engage with people from industry and from inside the university in a show event that was organized at the computer science deparmtent at the University of Lincoln today 14th of May. Georgios gave a comprehensive presentation regarding his project and the Revammad consortium describing the objectives and the goals of this project. It was a very nice event with people that had no idea of our subject so it was a good challenge for me to manage to simplify the topics and make them understand the importance and the challenges.ImageImage