Event: AI and megadata, how will they revolutionize tomorrow’s medical research and practice?

Event: AI and megadata, how will they revolutionize tomorrow’s medical research and practice?

The Conseil d’État’s study “Artificial Intelligence and Public Action” of August 2022, raised several questions around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and megadata by public authorities. These issues are particularly important in the healthcare sector, where the most recent technological developments suggest new ways of using data and artificial intelligence, for the benefit of patients.

To address these issues, the Conseil d’État, the CNIL and Alliance IHU France are organizing a day of work and discussion on February 10, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., bringing together doctors, researchers, regulators, industrialists and entrepreneurs, and political decision-makers: AI and megadata, how will they revolutionize tomorrow’s research and medical practice?

The debates are accessible to all via the Conseil d’État website.

Creativity management and innovation in healthcare: the IHU Strasbourg model presented at CreaSXB

Creativity management and innovation in healthcare: the IHU Strasbourg model presented at CreaSXB

The IHU model presented at the 13th edition of the Autumn School on Creativity Management

From November 7 to 11 at key locations in Strasbourg and surroundings

Organized by the BETA (Bureau d’Économie Théorique et Appliquée) of the University of Strasbourg and MosaiC, Pôle créativité & innovation – HEC Montréal, the Autumn School in Creativity Management offers a rich and diversified week-long program.

Promoting the acquisition of new knowledge through new practices around creativity in our organizations and our territories, this week-long training event draws on the real-life skills of its participants: entrepreneurs, executives, decision-makers, managers, creators from various fields of activity, general management, marketing, innovation and R&D managers, young entrepreneurs and associates.

Jean-Luc Dimarcq, Director of Development of the IHU, will speak on the subject of the IHU’s ‘original models to boost innovation in health’ on Wednesday, November 9 at 2pm at the European Doctoral College, 46 Boulevard de la Victoire, Strasbourg.

Find all the information here: https://www.creasxb.fr/
Register here: https://www.creasxb.fr/inscription/



MICCAI AE-CAI 2022 – Outstanding paper award to IHU authors

Congratulations to IHU’s APEUS team. The authors of the paper* entitled ‘Automatic pancreas anatomical part detection in endoscopic ultrasound videos’ won the OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD, which was collected by Adrien Meyer, AI Research engineer at IHU, at the MICCAI AE-CAI 2022 workshop held in Singapore on 18 September.  ​​​​​​​

The joint 16th AE-CAI, 9th CARE and 5th OR 2.0 workshop brought together researchers, clinicians, and medical companies that are working on advancing the field of Medical Imaging and Augmented Reality, Augmented Environments for Computer Assisted Interventions (AE-CAI), Computer Assisted and Robotic Endoscopy (CARE) and Context-Aware Operating Theaters (OR 2.0).

*The paper was co-authored by Antoine Fleurentin, Jean-Paul Mazellier, Adrien Meyer, Julieta Montanelli, Lee Swanstrom, Benoit Gallix, Leonardo Sosa Valencia, and Nicolas Padoy. It was presented at the workshop by Adrien Meyer.

Second edition of CLINICCAI during MICCAI 2022 conference

The second edition of CLINICCAI (Clinical translation of Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention) was held in Singapore, after a successful first edition organized during MICCAI-2021 in Strasbourg. CLINICCAI-2022 took place at the Resorts World Convention Centre as part of the core program of the MICCAI 2022 conference, with an active participation of the IHU Strasbourg’s team as part of the Organizing Committee. The event was conceived to provide a platform for healthcare practitioners working on translational research in the areas of MICCAI to present their work and to enable and promote networking among biomedical scientists and clinicians.

A total of 20 oral presentations were selected among 31 submissions (from 13 countries) according to their relevance, novelty, and their potential for clinical translation. More than 60 healthcare professionals registered and traveled from 14 countries to present and participate on-site, with over 550 total attendees throughout the conference.

An international jury presided by Prof. Jason Chan (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and including experts from UK (Heike Grabsch), Switzerland (Inti Zlobec), and France (Juan Verde), selected the best three presentations and delivered the IHU best presentation award to: Jorge Corral Acero, Pieter De Baker, and Fiona Kolbinger. Congratulations to them!

We are anxiously awaiting the confirmation of the third edition of CLINICCAI, expected to take place next year in October, in Vancouver, Canada, during the 26th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI-2023) with the support of the IHU Strasbourg and its team!

L’IHU Strasbourg is awarded one of the 13 Experimental Authorizations from ARCEP for its 5G-Connected Operating Room Project

L’IHU Strasbourg is awarded one of the 13 Experimental Authorizations from ARCEP for its 5G-Connected Operating Room Project

As part of the Government’s 5G Mission entrusted to Philippe Herbet, the Electronic Communications, Postal and Print media distribution Regulatory Authority (Arcep) authorized on October 12 the experimentation in the 3.8 – 4.0 GHz band at the IHU Strasbourg in order to promote access to 5G for industrialists and “vertical” players (local authorities, universities, research laboratories, etc.).

The IHU has been granted one of the 13 experimental authorizations issued by Arcep, covering various sectors of the economy: industry, energy and health.

The thirteen experimental authorizations in the 3.8 - 4.0 GHz band as of October 12, 2022 (Source: Arcep)

The thirteen experimental authorizations in the 3.8 – 4.0 GHz band as of October 12, 2022 (Source: Arcep)


Strasbourg University-Hospital Institute (IHU)

A part of the Franco-German “5G-OR” project, the experiment aims to create the first demo of a new generation of operating room communicating within a private 5G network, for personalized and secure minimally invasive interventions, with the objective of improving patient benefit. The French team involves two institutes created by the Investissements d’Avenir program – the Strasbourg University Hospital Institute and the b<>com Technological Research Institute, as well as the innovative company RDS Diagnostics.

eCAP: Towards universal access to digestive disease diagnostics

eCAP: Towards universal access to digestive disease diagnostics

On 4 May 2022, a hybrid kick-off meeting took place for the eCAP project: recipient of a €4.7 million grant from the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme Horizon Europe. The aim of the project is to deliver a novel medical device combining a smart capsule with an e-health platform to enable better diagnostics, patient empowered disease management and hence, improved outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, a major source of population morbidity and care costs worldwide. The consortium, composed of 10 partners from research organisations and industry across Europe and Kenya, will demonstrate the universality of the eCAP solution in clinical trials in France as well as low resource environments by bringing the device to patients who so far have had limited access to GI disease diagnostics.


GI diseases, which range from functional problems to cancers, are among the most common medical ailments across the globe. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) alone affects an estimated 1.2 billion people globally, with prevalence growing in all regions of the world. Many GI diseases are difficult to diagnose as the symptoms are often vague and variable. Moreover, currently available diagnostics requires highly skilled interpretation and high set-up cost, leading to a dramatic lack of access. For instance, GERD is subject to definitive diagnostic testing in less than 2% of cases.

eCAP enabled diagnostics of GI disease

eCAP enabled diagnostics of GI disease

The eCAP consortium will develop a smart multi-sensing capsule, implanted by minimally invasive techniques, that enables GI physiology monitoring for a controlled period of time. Using ubiquitous smartphone communication standards and cloud computing, real-time patient experience data will be collected through an interactive user-friendly application. Patient-empowered disease management will be supported by accurate interpretation of the data by physicians, aided by Artificial Intelligence. “More accurate, cost-effective, patient-friendly testing for acid reflux is an increasingly urgent need today that the current solutions out on the market do not meet. I think the exciting thing is that this particular group of partners is uniquely suited to getting together to solve the problem of GI diseases affecting people worldwide”, explains Lee Swanström, Project Coordinator from the IHU Strasbourg. “As we began discussions, we had great ideas for expanding the initial proof of concept, even beyond GERD testing, so the project has enormous potential. We certainly thank the European community for recognizing our vision and supporting this project.”

eCAP will run for four years and draw on world-class expertise. The project is led by the Institute of Image-Guided Surgery of Strasbourg (FR). Technical solutions will be developed by Tyndall National Institute (IE), Sentron Europe BV (NL), Integer (IE) and Enterasense (IE), based on the user design input from Imagination Factory (UK). Clinical studies in Kenya and Ukraine will be conducted by Operating Theatre Practitioners Association of Kenya (OTPAK, KE) and a gastroenterology and endoscopy clinic in Kyiv – Olymed (UA), which continues to be actively involved in the project, despite the devastating hurdles they are undergoing today. Health economic analysis will be undertaken by Betthera (CZ) and project management and dissemination activities by AMIRES, The Business Innovation Management Institute (CZ).

Project consortium:


Project duration: 1 May 2022 – 30 April 2026

Press contacts: 

– Lee Swanström (Project Coordinator) lee.swanstrom@localhost

– Kristin Saar (Project Manager) saar@amires.eu

European Union

Project “5G-OR” – Kick-off for the operating room of the future

Project “5G-OR” – Kick-off for the operating room of the future

The project partners of the cross-border Franco-German joint project “5G-OR” have been gathered in Strasbourg to set the course for successful interdisciplinary cooperation. The project aims to create a Franco-German 5G-capable operating room ecosystem for hospitals. After interesting presentations from the fields of medicine, telecommunications, AI, robotics, and medical technology, the participants worked intensively on the realization of the digital hospital.

5G OR Consortium

The partners of the 5G-OR project are developing various 5G applications in the operating environment. The aim is to improve patient care in hospitals. The applications will be deployed in German and French facilities with 5G campus networks and validated in a realistic clinical environment.

Networking medical devices with powerful communication technologies such as 5G enables fast and structured collection of medical data and vital signs parameters.  Aided by AI algorithms, the data can be interpreted close to real-time and can also be used for telemedical applications. In addition, robotic assistance systems can be used to provide support in everyday hospital life and thus relieve the burden on the medical staff. The solutions developed, such as the use of data-controlled and AI-supported surgery, are intended to improve surgical outcomes and increase patient safety. With the help of 5G campus networks, the required technical infrastructure is to be implemented in the operating rooms of the Charité Berlin, the Fraunhofer IPA in Mannheim, and the IHU Strasbourg.