Prof. Stefano Bastianello
Prof. Anna Pichiecchio
The Advanced Imaging & Radiomics (AIR) Center was established in 2020 to promote the development of skills and expertise in the field of neuroscience through the combined use of advanced diagnostic techniques and physical-mathematical-engineering-statistical post-processing methods.
Within this center, radiologists, neurologists, physicians, engineers, mathematicians and statisticians work together on specific research topics relating to the central and peripheral nervous systems and also relevant, for example, to the muscular system, the cerebrovascular system and the supra-aortic trunks.
The Center works with two units:
The Brain Connectivity Research Unit directed by Prof. Egidio D’Angelo (physiologist), of the University of Pavia, and Prof. Claudia Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott (physicist), of University College London (UK) and the University of Pavia
The Cerebral Hemodynamics and Autonomic Pathophysiology Research Unit, directed by Dr Daniele Bosone, neurologist and Healthcare Director of the Mondino Foundation.
The Center is a national and international reference point among the centers of excellence making up Italy’s network of research hospitals (“IRCCS” institutes). In particular, it directs network projects and participates in “Current Research” (Ricerca Corrente) and “Targeted Research” (Ricerca Finalizzata) projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health, and has numerous collaborations with other centers in Italy and worldwide, such as the University of Basel (Francesco Santini, Xeni Deligiann) and the University of San Francisco (Eduardo Caverzasi, Shaun Muzic, Simone Sacco). Its present research projects deal with (among other things) diseases such as dementia, epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, psychosis, migraine, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The Center, a leader in the standardization and harmonization of imaging data, is also part of the Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation Network of “IRCCS” institutes, which is active in a number of fields, ranging from multiple sclerosis to neurodegenerative diseases. Another ongoing multicenter research project is the one with ACC (Alleanza contro il cancro), the Italian organization for cancer research, in which the Center is the group leader for the analysis of glioblastomas using radiomics techniques.
The Center is also implementing a University of Pavia-funded “Summer School” on radiomics. This project, involving numerous Italian and international experts providing frontal teaching, but also practical workshops, aims to familiarize young researchers with these multidisciplinary advanced imaging data analysis techniques.
The AIR Center, therefore, in addition to giving young researchers from different disciplines the opportunity to prepare degree theses in these clinical and technical fields, also offers openings for research doctorates and internships abroad.