terena networking conference 2010

Multi-connection of European and African endoscopic centers with DVTS

Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Date: Thursday, June 3 2010
World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) has established 13 endoscopic training centers in the world to promote the highest standards in training for, and the practice of, gastroenterology by developing a curriculum based on current science, ethical principles and relevant to local and regional care needs (http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/training-centers.html). To facilitate specialist input into the development and standardization of core curricula and to provide attractive programs to more trainees, WGO has started to connect these centers with research and education network (REN). In October 2009, those in Mexico and in Brazil had the first connection at Internet2 meeting in Texas, USA. This time we would like to try the first connection of three state-of-the-art training centers in Europe and North Africa including Gemelli Hospital of Catholic University in Rome, Italy, Theodor Bilharz Research Institute in Cairo, Egypt, and Mohammed V-Souissi University Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacology in Rabat, Morocco, across Mediterranean Sea to Lithuania venue. The quality-preserved moving images of endoscopy are to be transmitted for mutual discussion using digital video transport system (DVTS) and multipoint control unit (MCU) called Quatre. Our advanced telemedical activity over REN, which started between Korea and Japan in 2002, has been expanding from Asia-Pacific to western countries, meeting doctors’ need for high quality medical images with reasonable cost. We hope that this demonstration will show how useful and powerful REN can be for healthcare and that collaboration between medical community and new technologies will be further accelerated.