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Medical Physics Project Wins Award

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture has given the first-ever Leonardo da Vinci Award to the European Medical Imaging Technology (EMIT) Consortium for its pioneering e-learning materials on the use and applications of magnetic medical imaging and medical ultrasound scanning, which are used in the diagnosis of cancer, neurological, obstetric and cardiovascular diseases. ICTP is a member of EMIT, which is coordinated by King’s College in the United Kingdom. The Centre, prompted by ICTP’s former deputy director Luciano Bertocchi’s efforts to promote medical physics, has hosted several of the Consortium’s activities, including a training session in November 2003 and a workshop in September 2004, where EMIT’s e-learning materials were discussed and tested. The awards committee described the materials, currently used by hospitals and medical research institutions in 79 countries, as “unmatched in their innovation, breadth and depth.” The official awards ceremony took place in Maastricht, The Netherlands, on 14 December at a summit attended by the European ministers of education. Learning materials produced by two other consortia were also honoured: one coordinated by the European Copper Institute and another coordinated by the Norwegian Electro-technical Research and Development Centre (ELBUS).


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