Updates from CICA

Stay up-to-date with the development and research activities here as we share the news about everything from the big projects to the small everyday achievements.

Major EU grant for making AI-assisted capsule endoscopy a part of future diagnostics

We are very happy to officially announce that the AICE -consortium coordinated by us at CICA, OUH Svendborg, have been granted 6 mio. Euro as part of the Horizon Europe programme.

The 4-year AICE project aims to create the foundation and address barriers for making AI-assisted capsule endoscopy a part of the future of colorectal cancer diagnostics.

Our multidisciplinary team will cover aspects such as validation and development of algorithms, the creation of a clinical support platform, clinical indications and guidelines, patient engagement, cost-efficiency, ethical considerations and future implementation strategies.

The AICE team comprise 12 private and public partners from across Europe representing many different areas of expertise including health sciences, software development, data sciences, digital innovation and communication as well as social sciences and humanities.

The full title of AICE is “AI supported picture analysis in large bowel camera Capsule Endoscopy.”

For more information read the danish press release. 

Prof. Anastasios Koulaouzidia Inaugural Seminar 1st of April 2022

We are streaming the Inaugural Seminar for our new Professor Anastasios Koulaouzidis on Friday at 14.00 CET.

You can join via this link and passcode: – Passcode  125760



“From diagnostic to therapeutic capsules” Anastasios Koulaouzidis professor, MD DM PhD, Research Unit of Department of Surgery, Odense University Hospital and Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark.

“Small bowel Capsule endoscopy and AI – a successful marriage” Xavier Dray, professor, MD PhD – Centre d’endoscopie digestive, DMU SAPERE, Sorbonne Université Hôpital Saint-Antoine.

“AI in colon capsule endoscopy” Gunnar Baatrup, professor, D.M.Sc Research Unit of Department of Surgery, Odense University Hospital and Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark.

Invitation to Webinar20th of April 2021.

The Dept. of Surgery at OUH Odense Universitetshospital – Svendborg Sygehus is currently doing research on colon capsule endoscopy for screening and diagnosis of colon cancer.

A key part of the work is collaborating with colleagues at the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre and NHS Highland in Scotland about the results and clinical best practice, as well as developing AI algorithms for analysis of CCE images in collaboration with researchers from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark.

Join the experts for a webinar on the status of the international research collaboration and their plans for the future on April 20 2021.

Speakers include Gunnar BaatrupAngus Watson and Joanne Boyle.

Read more & Register here

Grant of 500.000 DKK from the research fund

July 2020

Jens Søndergaard, Primary Investigator of W6 “CCE as a filter test I general practice” has received a grant of 500.000 DKK. as co-financing for CICA.

The grant was received from the research fund ”Tidlig opsporing af kræft i almen praksis – Jo før jo bedre” at The Region of Southern Denmark.

WP6 will focus on the use of camera pills in general practice in terms of transferring current experiences as well as testing the potential of camera pills in general practice. This is done by researching patient reported outcomes and by focusing specifically on patient experiences and feasibility of implementation.

Now it all begins – CICA Kick off Symposium

On January 16th, CICA was officially launched. The symposium was opened by the Chairman of the Region of Southern Denmark, Stephanie Lose, and the Chair of the Health Committee, Poul Erik Svendsen. 

The centre leader, Professor Gunnar Baatrup, opened the scientific part of the programme by laying out the objectives of CICA and how the research activities will be organised to move beyond state-of-the-art by collaborating across clinical and technical domains.

The speakers took the audience on a journey through the intestinal system and explained the clinical potential and the technical development potential of using artificial intelligence.