Myocardial infarction (120,000 cases each year in France) and ischemic stroke (130,000 cases each year in France) can be fatal or leave severe sequelae.

The MARVELOUS project aimed at developing of a new, faster and more accurate method to analyse magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images of heart or brain that are essential for optimal emergency care of these patients.

This project has been awarded 5.5 million euros, and is based on a collaboration between four academic research teams (CarMeN, CREATIS, HESPER et PhIND), Hospices Civils de Lyon and 2 private companies, Cynbiose (working with primates) and Olea Médical (developing computer tools for the analysis of radiological images). The success of this project, which involves emergency physicians, cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists and health economists, could accelerate access to care and thus improve the prognosis for all too many patients suffering from cardiac infarction or ischemic stroke for which every minute counts.

Professor Michel Ovize the first scientific coordinator is Professor of Cardiology at University Claude Bernard, Lyon and head of the department of cardiovascular functional explorations at Hôpital Louis Pradel, Lyon, France. In 2020 Professor Norbert Nighoghossian, Professor of Neurology and Head of the Neurology Department of the Vascular Neurology Department of the University Hospital of Lyon, took over the role of scientific coordinator.

This innovative and large-scale health research project is conducted with the support of the Lyonbiopôle competitiveness cluster.

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