European project plans better imaging from bench to bedside

Dec. 6, 2010
The Euro-BioImaging project has launched its preparatory phase; the project aims to provide scientists throughout Europe with open access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies at all levels of biological and biomedical research, from bench to bedside.

Heidelberg, Germany--The Euro-BioImaging project has launched its preparatory phase; the project aims to provide scientists throughout Europe with open access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies at all levels of biological and biomedical research, from bench to bedside.

The project is part of the European Commission's European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap. The types supported of imaging range from fluorescence microscopy to computed-tomography scanning.

Call for applications to be announced
During the three-year preparatory phase, Euro-BioImaging will develop a plan to construct and operate a set of complementary and strongly interlinked imaging infrastructure facilities. This plan will be based on an assessment of researchers' needs in terms of access, service, and training. Euro-BioImaging will also establish the legal, governmental, and financial framework for such infrastructures, and seek agreements with funding bodies. Eligibility criteria for participating facilities will be defined, an independent evaluation panel will be established, and a call for applications will be announced.

"Euro-BioImaging will support research, training, and innovation in biological and biomedical imaging on a pan-European level, by providing imaging services with an overarching strategic plan," says Jan Ellenberg from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, scientific coordinator for biological imaging.

Euro-BioImaging aims to bring together key research areas, from basic biological imaging and molecular imaging to the clinical and epidemiological level of medical imaging. The project intends to address the current fragmentation of imaging infrastructure in Europe by creating a coordinated and harmonized plan for its deployment throughout the continent. It will provide scientists in Europe with open access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies and training, continuously developing imaging technologies to offer cutting-edge services to the scientific community.

Commercial opportunities are expected to arise; co make the most of them when they do, Euro-BioImaging has already started to form an industry board in which all leading vendors and producers of biomedical imaging equipment in Europe are represented.

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