DASIM is an EU-funded research collaboration involving more than 50 scientists and clinicians from 9 European countries. The acronym stands for Diagnostic Applications of Synchrotron Infrared Microspectroscopy. The DASIM project will run from 1st July 2005 to 30th June 2008 within the European Commission's 6th Framework Program of science funding, under the priority "Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health". In the contract with the EU, the project is summarized as follows:
The purpose of this project is to advance diagnostic applications of infrared microspectroscopy and functional imaging using synchrotron light sources.
Existing networks between biologists, clinicians and synchrotron scientists are already making impressive progress in IR microspectroscopy of cells and tissues leading to the identification of spectroscopic markers of diagnostic relevance. However, the European dimension is missing in these efforts because very few countries have synchrotron IR microspectroscopy facilities.
In order to further explore and advance the diagnostic possibilities of infrared microspectroscopy and imaging using synchrotron sources, there is a need to coordinate this research effort by networking the existing centers of excellence on the European scale and adding further necessary multidisciplinary expertise. This includes promotion of access to synchrotron facilities for experts from countries without their own facility, especially candidate countries.
Management aspects are important in this proposal, in order to avoid wastage through duplication of effort, to promote methodological validation by adding a multicentric quality control perspective, and thus to facilitate transfer of this emerging technology into clinical practice. To this end, we plan a disease-oriented, clinician-driven approach rather than a technology-driven approach.
The overall goal of the proposal and chief deliverable will be a report assessing the potential of synchrotron IR microspectroscopy for diagnosis on a per-disease basis, and making recommendations for further action in the sense of defining the future Framework Programme.