October 2018


The European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) has published its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Biomedical Imaging. The agenda identifies current challenges and needs in healthcare, illustrating how biomedical imaging and derived data can help to address these challenges, in order to stimulate dedicated research funding efforts and mechanisms.

The SRA was developed in collaboration with EIBIR`s shareholders representing scientific societies related to biomedical imaging, as well as EIBIR's Scientific Advisory Board. It identifies and describes five main challenges facing biomedical imaging today, and addresses in detail how these challenges can be overcome.

In particular, the agenda addresses the current paradigm shift in medicine and healthcare, which has moved from a reactive to proactive approaches and solutions by providing predictive, preventive, and personalised medical solutions for the individual patient. It highlights the growing impact of personalised medicine on patients and its ability to address the challenges of ineffective treatment and rising healthcare costs. The SRA also focusses on the growing importance of big data, artificial intelligence, and innovative imaging technologies, emphasising biomedical imaging’s role as a forerunner in the digital transformation of healthcare and as a leading discipline in the adoption of new innovative solutions like deep learning and artificial intelligence.

EIBIR is a nonprofit organisation founded by the European Society of Radiology and supports researchers and industry partners in the preparation and coordination of biomedical imaging research projects throughout Europe. EIBIR comprises a large and diverse landscape of more than 130 network members (universities, hospitals and research organisations) and is committed to supporting the development of biomedical imaging technologies and to the disseminating of knowledge with the ultimate goal of improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Through its Strategic Research Agenda for Biomedical Imaging, EIBIR hopes to stimulate and direct funding efforts towards research projects and developments which will address some of the most important challenges facing healthcare in Europe and the rest of the world.You can read the Strategic Research Agenda for Biomedical Imaging here.


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