As Chair of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR), I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in the organization.
The Academy of Radiology Research founded CIBR in 2008 as a way to engage all imaging stakeholders in advocacy for federal support for biomedical imaging research. This unique coalition includes patients, industry representatives, academic radiologists, and imaging researchers. This unified voice has enabled the Coalition to advocate successfully on Capitol Hill and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2015, Congress increased the budget for the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) by 5%. Additionally, the Academy was instrumental in establishing the Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging (IWGMI) that will coordinate imaging research across all of the NIH Institutes and other federal government agencies.
In 2016, we hosted our seventh annual Medical Technology Showcase on Capitol Hill. This event brings together patients, researchers, and industry representatives to demonstrate the impact of imaging research on patient care and the American economy. We also continue to educate the public about imaging research and increase the number of our affiliated patient groups to 100. I am proud to report that these groups represent the diversity of diseases that use imaging for detection, diagnosis, and treatment, and we are committed to linking these groups with leaders in academia and industry. We also continue to ask our members to contact Congress in support of the NIH and the NIBIB. And we build on the report by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice that found that imaging research supported by the NIBIB is the federal government’s most innovative R&D program.
This important work would not be possible without the dedicated support of our members, so thank you. I look forward to continuing to work with you.
Steven E. Seltzer, MD
Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research