St. Catherine Specialty Hospital was visited today by eminent experts from Italy and also partners of St. Catherine Hospital and Genos laboratory on European Commission FP-7 “Pain-OMICS” project, which aims to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in patients with low back pain, and which has been recognized by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
The total value of the interdisciplinary project entitled “Multi-dimensional omics approach to stratification of patients with low back pain” is 7.2 million Euro (about 50 million kn), and along with institutions from the Republic of Croatia (St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and Genos laboratory) scientists from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States participate in the implementation of this project. The European Commission approved to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and Genos laboratory the amount of 17 million kn, the largest financing so far received in the Health segment in the Republic of Croatia. Project leaders in Croatia are: Prof. Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD, and Prof. Gordan Lauc, MD, PhD. The project will use the new “omics” technologies to enable effective stratification of patients with spine pain, and thus gain the understanding of the pain onset biology and enable a personalized approach to the treatment. The special value of the project lies in the fact that the scientists will during the next five years seek to establish the biochemical and genetic markers responsible for the onset and progression of this disease.
During their visit to Catherine Hospital and Genos laboratory, prof. Massimo Allegri, head of SIMPAR, one of the leading research groups in Europe in multidisciplinary research of “pain”, member of “Pain Therapy Service Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo” in Pavia and editor in Fighting Pain and Minerva Anestesiologica magazines, together with Prof. Roberto Viganò, a leading Italian orthopaedic for questions of rheumatism and head of A.O. Istituto Ortopedico Gaetano Pini from Milan, who was from 1982 to 1997 scientific advisor to the famous Italian sportswear brand Diadora, and also a visiting professor at Yale Medical School in the US, shared their expertise by giving lectures.