10 October 2019
The Széchenyi 2020 program, the new infrastructure and equipment acquisition project of the University of Pécs, has closed with the support of the European Union’s amount of 283.55 million HUF to strengthen the research infrastructure.
Its aim was to create a complex image-guided neuronavigation system that supports the preparation and implementation of surgery, which significantly reduces the ionizing radiation to patients, and can provide a basis for minimally invasive techniques, and help their spreading. Currently, the system is unique in Hungary and the Central and Eastern European region.
Further goals include establishing and continuing collaboration with European and American medical universities, clinics, and industrial partners dealing with neuronavigation devices, developing intraoperative and implantation techniques that greatly improve the effectiveness of surgical techniques, developing navigation software, and launching research development projects with serious breakthrough and innovation.
With the use of neuronavigation infrastructure for scientific, research and educational purposes, the participation in European neuroscience research projects is increasing, the quality of education is rising and the individual research opportunities are expanding as well. In addition, there is an opportunity to clinically test and validate the innovation solutions arising from the R&D (research and development) activity of large healthcare device manufacturing companies, and national and European health collaboration projects can also be launched. Patients from Central and Eastern European countries and areas outside the region can be attracted to Hungary with unique, high-quality care.
Due to the development of the neuronavigation infrastructure, the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pécs can continue to serve as a reference centre for Central and Eastern Europe, offering opportunities for further research, healthcare technology development, and further training cooperation.