The European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) was established in 2006 as a non-profit limited liability company dedicated to the co-ordination of biomedical imaging research in Europe. EIBIR has its head office in Vienna, at the headquarters of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), which is the main shareholder of EIBIR. EIBIR currently has over 280 member institutions, two thirds of which are made up by clinical departments and one third by basic science laboratories. The network has the mission to strengthen biomedical imaging research throughout Europe by bringing international research expertise together. The platform supports networking activities in research and is key to spreading good practice, promoting common initiatives and interoperability in the field of biomedical imaging research. This will generate critical mass and help co-ordinate research into new instrumentation, new methods, concepts and technologies. EIBIR is a multi-disciplinary organisation providing an umbrella for all disciplines related to biomedical imaging and has in the meantime 8 shareholder organisations in addition to ESR: CIRSE; ESMRMB, EANM, EFOMP, COCIR, EORTC, ESPR, EuroPACS.
EIBIR is managed by the Managing Director (Peter Baierl, Vienna), backed by the Vienna Office as well as by the Scientific Director (Prof. Jürgen Hennig, Freiburg) who chairs the Scientific Advisory Board and is elected by the General Meeting. The Scientific Advisory Board may appoint project and study leaders. They all provide services to the network of research institutions, called EIBIR members. For over 4 years EIBIR has been actively involved in drafting, co-ordinating and managing international projects and recruiting consortia of excellence from its network members. EIBIR has been the project co-ordinator of several European projects, of which three are supported by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission.
Contributions to the project
EIBIR will participate in WP Exploitation and provide dissemination channels to the relevant academic and industrial stakeholders within the biomedical imaging community to ensure adequate outreach to the scientific and industry communities, an essential pre-requisite for the development of the exploitation strategy and business plan. EIBIR will also provide access to the communication channels of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), its founding organisation. With its membership of 56,000 radiologists, ESR can contribute significantly to disseminate project results and methodologies, in particular through its annual European Congress of Radiology (ECR).