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COSYCONET – COPD and Comorbidities

The German COPD and Systemic Consequences-Comorbidities Network (COSYCONET) is part of the competence network ASCONET (Opens external link in new windowAsCoNet), which was initiated in 2009 and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Opens external link in new windowBMBF).  The long term goal of this multicentre-initiative has been the development of novel strategies for prevention, diagnosis and therapy of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). After the successful completion of the first funding period, seven subprojects related to the national COPD-cohort were continued during a second funding period from 2012-2015. Since 2016 the COSYCONET project, which also includes non-DZL research institutions, is being continued as a research activity integral to the DZL disease area COPD. TLRC scientists of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Opens external link in new windowDIR) at Heidelberg University Hospital, under the leadership of Prof. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, are responsible for the subprojects “Imaging Bank” and “Functional Imaging”.

The Opens external link in new windowImaging Bank was established during the first funding period to collect, store and analyze retrospective CT Data from COPD-patients recruited for the COSYCONET cohort. During the second funding period (2012-2015), the Imaging Bank was expanded to include prospective MRI and CT data from a subcohort of 6oo patients and is now integreated into the Opens external link in new windowDZL Plattform Imaging. The Imaging Bank provides an excellent resource for cooperative projects between the German Center for Lung Research (Opens external link in new windowDZL) and COSYCONET.




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