• Periodical survey of the research communities’ needs
  • Development of recommendations for radiologists to engage with different fields of research and innovation
  • Provide strategic recommendations for the research field to the ESR Executive Council
  • Leverage cooperation between research disciplines
  • Provide the liaison of the ESR with the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) and help to promote its services and activities
  • Foster networking and liaising with scientific biomedical European societies
  • Provide recommendations and guidelines for lung cancer screening jointly with the European Respiratory Society
  • Coordinate activities related to imaging biobanks and biomarkers (see EIBALL):
    • To promote the development of imaging biobanks and intelligent tools for the analysis and processing of imaging biomarkers
    • To promote the standardisation, validation and benchmarking of the imaging data included in those biobanks
    • To stimulate the linking and integration of existing (national and regional) image data repositories related to populations, screening /early detection and disease
    • To stimulate the link between imaging biobanks and traditional biobanks through the development of standards and liaison with BBMRI-ERIC (Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure)
    • To explore the economical, ethical/legal issues for the management of imaging biobanks
  • Coordinate activities aimed to foster research education:

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European Imaging Biomarkers Alliance - EIBALL

The activities of the former ESR Subcommittee on Imaging Biomarkers, ESR Working Group on Personalised Medicine and ESR-EORTC Working Group were merged into EIBALL.


  • Coordination of the ESR activities concerning imaging biomarkers

  • Prepare an inventory of all activities and projects in the field of imaging biomarkers where the ESR is involved

  • The alliance should become a tool box that provides information about current projects, centres involved in clinical trials and educational activities
  • The operational work of the alliance should become the responsibility of EIBIR
  • EIBIR representative in the alliance will be responsible for reporting about European projects and calls. EIBIR, based on a survey, should establish a network of European centres of excellence (core institutions) for the implementation and clinical validation of imaging biomarkers
  • An Imaging Biomarker Task Force for standardisation in MRI should become active to achieve standardisation of image acquisition and analysis, implementation of quality assurance measures
  • Definition of possible imaging biomarkers in different human body regions; oncologic as well as non-oncologic
  • All ESR members of the ESR-EORTC Working Group are member of the alliance in order to create a permanent collaboration link between the two societies
  • Close collaboration with QIBATM (technical validation synergies) to avoid duplication of development and EORTC (biological validation) to coordinate strategies, find complementarity, and benefit from synergies
  • The chair of the alliance became member of QIBATM Steering Committee and QIBATM has appointed the co-chair as QIBATM representative to the alliance to enhance collaboration between both alliances.
  • ESMOFIR and ESMRMB will be responsible for scientific and educational activities


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European biobank for medical imaging

Publications and Statements related to research


ESR Position Paper on Imaging Biobanks
Insights Imaging (ePub May 2015), DOI: 10.1007/s13244-015-0409-x

ESR/ERS white paper on lung cancer screening
European Radiology, DOI: 10.1007/s00330-015-3697-0 

Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting - a promising new approach to obtain standardized imaging biomarkers from MRI
DOI 10.1007/s13244-015-0403-3 

Medical imaging in personalised medicine: a white paper of the research committee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) 
DOI 10.1007/s13244-015-0394-0

Research education in Europe: an opinion paper by the European Society of Radiology 
DOI 10.1007/s13244-015-0397-x

MD PhD programmes with relevance to imaging. Results from a European survey
Volume 4 (2013) Issue 4 (Aug), p. 409-415, DOI: 10.1007/s13244-013-0249-5 

Education in research: results of a survey commissioned by the research committee of the European Society of Radiology
Volume 2 (2012) Issue 6 (Dec), p.535-542, DOI: 10.1007/s13244-012-0184-x

Medical imaging in personalised medicine: a white paper of the research committee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR)
Volume 2 (2011), Issue 6 (Dec), p.621-630; DOI: 10.1007/s13244-011-0125-0 

White paper on imaging biomarkers
Volume 1 (2010), Issue 2 (May), p.42-45, DOI: 10.1007/s13244-010-0025-8 


ESR statement on the stepwise development of imaging biomarkers
Volume 4 (2013) Issue 2 (Apr), p.147-152, DOI: 10.1007/s13244-013-0220-5 

Mission Statements

Mission Statement of the ESR Subcommittee on Imaging Biomarkers
Mission Statement of the ESR Working Group on Personalised Medicine 
Mission Statement of the ESR Working Group on Research Education and Training 
Mission Statement of the ESR Working Group on Imaging Biobanks

ESR Supporting Members