• 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.


  • Coordinate all ESR activities concerning imaging biomarkers
  • Prepare an inventory of all activities and projects in the field of imaging biomarkers where the ESR is involved
  • Serve as a tool box that provides information about current projects, centres involved in clinical trials and educational activities
  • Define possible imaging biomarkers in different human body regions; oncologic as well as non-oncologic
  • Establish a functional biomarker profile that is current and relevant through the development of an online inventory of biomarkers
  • Enable and encourage the clinical use of biomarkers by setting standards for data acquisition and image processing
  • Closely collaborate with EIBIR to maintain an updated list of European centres of excellence (core institutions) for the implementation and clinical validation of imaging biomarkers
  • Closely collaborate with the EORTC (European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer) and its Imaging Group with regard to the inclusion of radiologists in multicentre trials and the development of a biomarker inventory
  • Closely collaborate with QIBA (technical validation synergies) to avoid duplication of development and EORTC (biological validation) to coordinate strategies, find complementarity, and benefit from synergies


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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

EIBALL Mission Statement and Roadmap

ESR Supporting Members