Results of the third Seed fund call

The third submission period of the Alliance4Life Seed Fund was available for new project ideas since November 2023, and after the application and the evaluation process, the following two research projects can be implemented with the support of Alliance4Life.

  1. Super-resolution 3D biomedical imaging and quantification (A4L_3DBMI)

The aim of this project is to explore the potential of innovative super-resolution microscopy with advanced image analysis approaches for in vivo real-time imaging in the biomedical field. These customizable software and hardware approaches offer unprecedented details of the structure of biological systems at nanoscale resolution and in real time in natural cellular environments and allows for investigating structure-function relationships. However, these samples also pose significant challenges for hardware, image processing and interpretation, such as noise and other imaging artifacts, complexity, and dimensionality. Therefore, this project will develop and apply novel methods and tools for biomedical imaging, which can handle the specific characteristics and requirements of these advanced imaging modalities.  The project is implemented by the following partner institutions:

  • Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Lithuania
  • Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics, Czechia

  1. Enhancing Soft Skills for Suicide Prevention in Medical Education and Practice (ENLIGHTEN)

The ENLIGHTEN project addresses a critical and often overlooked aspect of medical education—soft skills and their role in suicide prevention among medical students, faculty, and healthcare professionals. Recognizing the growing concern about mental health in the medical community, the ENLIGHTEN project aims to scientifically analyze available research tools, conduct surveys and provide a foundation for the development of a comprehensive training program focusing on the development of soft skills as a suicide prevention measure.While the medical field has traditionally emphasized clinical knowledge, the significance of soft skills in preventing mental health issues, including suicide, has been underestimated. ENLIGHTEN stands out by acknowledging the vital link between well-developed soft skills and mental health resilience within the medical community. We propose to identify key soft skills crucial for fostering a supportive, empathetic, and resilient environment.  The project is implemented by the following partner institutions:

  • Medical University of Lodz, Poland
  • School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Lithuania