European Neurovascular Digital Twin Protocol (ENDTP)


In the European Union (EU), stroke is the second most common cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability. It affects more than 1.1 million inhabitants of Europe every year and causes 440,000 deaths. The cost associated with stroke is estimated to be north of €45 billion, including direct and indirect costs of care provision and productivity loss. A recent study found that the number of people living with stroke is estimated to increase by 27% between 2017 and 2047 in the European Union, mainly because of population ageing and improved survival rates.


The European Stroke Organization (ESO) develops recommendations to guide action around the prevention of stroke and related complications in clinical practice. Although progress is being made in implementing such guidelines inward the healthcare service delivery route, there has been little made to implement preventive guidelines due to the lack of reliable prognostic technology. The digital twin is an excellent candidate to offer reliable prognostics that would allow efficient implementation of the ESC guidelines regarding stroke prevention as well as medical awareness dissemination and empowerment.


The European Neurovascular Digital Twin Protocol (ENDTP) is an IT infrastructure project aiming to unlock the potential of digital twins in European countries. ENDTP will build a comprehensive web-based launchpad for digital twins that use multi-scale computational models and machine learning to improve the management of neuromuscular disease. The launchpad will offer a research-grade PACS system with integrated image-recognition API, 4D modelling and data processing sandbox, and multiple integrations with status-quo computational and machine learning software suites. ENDTP’s objective is to give European researchers and clinical practitioners a coding-free launchpad for creating their digital twin projects.


The ENDTP team is now calling qualified individuals and/or entities who have the capacity and expertise to manage the project, finances, and administration, as it gears up for fundraising this year. The ideal candidate would be an information technology expert and/or powerhouse with strong experience in managing European research grants and completing large-scale software development projects.