Euro-BioImaging virtual pub on December 10: COLD in imaging

Euro-BioImaging and the Euro-BioImaging Industry Board are pleased to announce that the next special edition of the Virtual Pub will take place on December 10, 2021. In line with the season, we will focus on the theme of “COLD” in imaging.

We are inviting abstracts for 5 minute Flash talks about any topic related to “COLD” in imaging. Be creative! Possible interpretations of “COLD” include:

  • Biology of the cold – from cold receptors and arctic organisms to brain reactions to cold and infections with common cold viruses
  • Cold-related metabolism including fat metabolism
  • Cold technologies – from cooling and freezing samples to low-temperature and cryo-imaging techniques
  • Keeping your sample or equipment cool – from reducing laser output and keeping high-power magnetic coils cool to incubating your sample at controlled low temperatures
  • Cold isotopes in molecular imaging

Please submit your abstract by November 22!

Prizes will be awarded to all speakers!

For more information, click the link.
COLD in imaging: Euro-BioImaging virtual pub

SOLUS end user workshop on its multimodal system for better diagnosis of breast cancer

The SOLUS projects invites everyone to an online end user workshop about its multimodal system for better diagnosis of breast cancer on December 3rd from 14:00 – 18:00 CET.

The workshop will present the project achievements, discussing advances in photonics, the newly developed smart optode and the multimodal SOLUS system for better breast cancer diagnostics.

The EU-funded project SOLUS (Smart Optical and Ultrasound Diagnostics for Breast Cancer) aims at improving the diagnosis of breast cancer through an innovative multimodal imaging system with the ability to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions non-invasively. To achieve that, SOLUS combines ultrasound imaging with diffuse optical tomography, and assessing tissue morphology, stiffness, composition and blood parameters at the same time.

The development of the novel SOLUS system required significant advances in photonics; we‘ve developed a Smart Optode as the key element of the imaging system, but also available a stand-alone device for time-domain multi-wavelength diffuse optics, with potential applications in medical and non-medical fields.

The SOLUS End User Workshop is open to everyone who is interested in breast cancer diagnostics, medical imaging and photonics.

The smart optode‘s potential as an independent photonics device will also be discussed.

You can find a flyer with the full program here.

You can register for the workshop here.

A detailed programme will follow shortly.

EU4Health 2021 work programme hopes to improve radiation technology for cancer treatment

The EU4Health 2021 Work Programme hopes to provide a robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with grants for projects that will improve general wellness; tackle cross-border health threats; improve medicinal products, medical devices and crisis-relevant products; and strengthen health systems, their resilience and resource efficiency.

As part of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, improving the use of radiation technology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is the target of grant 2.3 EU4H-2021-PJ-03, which will distribute up to €3.5 million in funding. The projects are expected to enhance the quality and safety of medical radiation applications, workforce education and training, and equal access to modern medical radiation technology and interventions.

The project will also cooperate with the Strategic Agenda for Medical Ionising Radiation Applications (SAMIRA).

The deadline for proposal submission is September 15, and as many as 5 proposals will be selected. The expected duration of each project is 24 months.

Register now for the 5th European Radiation Protection Week

Organised by the European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research (EURAMED), the 5th European Radiation Protection Week (ERPW) will be held as a hybrid onsite/online event at the Billrothhaus on 22–24 November 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

Topics will include:

  • Lessons learned by European RP platforms from large nuclear accidents
  • Challenges in research on individual radiosensitivity and susceptibility
  • Envisioning the future of radiation protection research: big data, AI and beyond
  • Plus abstract and poster sessions

Additionally, workshops related to adverse outcome pathways and inhomogeneous exposures (hosted by the Multidisciplinary European Low-Dose Initiative (MELODI)) as well as the EURAMED rocc-n-roll project and the annual EURAMED General Assembly will also take place.

Registration is available online. Abstract submission ended on 21 August. Thank you for your enlightening submissions!

EIBIR is pleased to welcome all participants! For question, please email the conference organiser.

The Euro BioImaging network is growing to advance access to imaging technology and research

Adding a dozen new nodes and one member state in the past year, Euro BioImaging is rapidly expanding its network of research facilities. The new additions will broaden the network’s array of imaging technologies as well as access to research opportunities. Poland has acceded as a member state, including cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Education and Science and a new node, a consortium of imaging facilities known as the Advanced Light Microscopy Node Poland. Euro BioImaging also offers a number of upcoming events, all of which are detailed in their newsletter.

New Euratom Research and Training Programme provides funding for radiation protection research

As part of the Euratom Research and Training Programme approved today by the European Commission, research in radiation protection and detection of ionising radiation will receive €30 million funding over the next five years (2021­­–2025). Funding is intended to improve exposure risk estimates in a broad range of scenarios for members of the public, patients, workers and the environment. A number of additional issues, such as the link between exposure and effects, emergency preparedness and radiation protection guidelines, will also be addressed. In line with the mission statement of the European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research (EURAMED), proposals in accordance with Horizon Europe guidelines for European partnerships that will strengthen the knowledge base and develop innovative means to examine the impact of ionising radiation and improve protection are encouraged, beginning 7 July.

Link to the release

Link to funding & tender opportunities

Invitation: Euro-BioImaging User Forum: “Understanding and Fighting Cancer”

Euro-BioImaging is organizing an online User Forum on “Understanding and Fighting Cancer”. The event takes place on June 17, 2021 from 14:00-17:00 CEST.

This event will highlight the importance of cutting-edge imaging technologies in support of cancer research and showcase the specific expertise available at our 25 Nodes across Europe. In addition, keynote presentations from Kevin Brindle, University of Cambridge, and Frank Winkler, DKFZ, will further reveal the potential of biological and biomedical imaging technologies to boost cancer research.

Register here.

More information: https://www.eurobioimaging.eu/news/join-us-for-the-first-euro-bioimaging-user-forum-understanding-and-fighting-cancer/

Please help us spread the word within your network! The event is open to everyone.

Euro-Bioimaging invites applications for Director of Medical Imaging

Expressions of Interest are invited for the position of Director of Medical Imaging at Euro-Bioimaging ERIC. The recruited Director will be part of the organization’s operational leadership with a special focus on advancing technologies, services, and applications related to medical and pre-clinical biomedical imaging.

This leadership opportunity is for those who are passionate about medical imaging and would be interested in an international engagement to advance the technologies, services, and applications of medical and pre-clinical biomedical imaging. The Medical Imaging Director will be part of the senior management team to further build, develop and coordinate the recently established Euro-BioImaging ERIC. The mission of this new research infrastructure is to provide the European research community, collaborative partners, and industry with world-class imaging services that bridge biological and biomedical imaging and enable innovative and world-class research. Whatever the scale of imaging, Euro-BioImaging provides the tools and support to explore and answer research questions.

The Directorate of Euro-BioImaging is composed of the Director General, the Section Director of the Med-Hub, and the Section Director of the Bio-Hub. The role of the Directorate is to both provide advice to, and implement the decisions of, the Euro-BioImaging Board. In addition, the Directorate will be responsible for: the day-to-day management of the Organization, promoting the research infrastructure nationally and internationally, ensuring the coordinated provision of access, services and training to state-of-the-art imaging technologies for all life scientists in Europe and beyond, and finally, to foster liaison and cooperation across the broad bioimaging communities. The Med-Hub Director would likely have high-level expertise in multiple aspects and technologies related to medical and pre-clinical biomedical imaging.

A letter expressing an interest in the position along with a CV and any other relevant information should be sent (electronically) by the 7th of May 2021 to the Chair of the Euro-BioImaging selection panel.

For more information visit the job listing here.

EURAMED rocc-n-roll Survey on Education and Training

The EURAMED rocc-n-roll project proposes an integrated and coordinated European approach to research and innovation in medical applications of ionising radiation and related radiation protection (RP) based on stakeholder consensus and existing activities in the field.

Education and Training (E&T) in medical application of ionizing radiation and related radiation protection is a major element of the project, aiming to develop a methodological framework and guidance document on how to organise, implement and disseminate E&T in medical RP amongst health professionals and how to include E&T in all research projects to equip researchers with a sound knowledge base of the science required for RP research, to build capacity in RP research and ensure sustainability of the field, including the link with industry regarding new technological developments, from a RP perspective.

To identify the needs/problems/challenges for each health profession in relation to RP E&T and to assess the status quo of national implementation of the E&T requirements laid down in the European Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom – Basic Safety Standards (BSS), a survey has been developed. It is addressed to relevant national stakeholders, including national scientific and professional societies, regulators, and to individuals with an interest in medical imaging (radiology, nuclear medicine, hybrid imaging) and radiotherapy from the 27 EU countries, plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

Please click here to access the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_PiAkhCUzT0DQkZ5sohwywzchyuFoZ_RW32ColGdsJkIMHw/viewform

The survey contains 40 questions mostly in multiple choice format and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for survey completion is 26/03/2021.

European Council reaches political agreement on EURATOM research and training programme

In December 2020, the European Council reached a political agreement on establishing a research and training programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period January 2021 to December 2025. The aim of this programme is to pursue nuclear research and training activities, with an emphasis on the continuous improvement of nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, as well as to complement the achievement of Horizon Europe’s objectives.

The total budget for the new EURATOM programme is €1.38 billion, with €266 million for indirect actions in nuclear fission, safety and radiation protection. This also includes medical radiation protection research.

The new programme will pursue the previous programme’s key research activities (nuclear safety, security, radioactive waste and spent fuel management, radiation protection and fusion energy), expand research into non-power applications of ionising radiation and make improvements in the areas of education, training and access to research infrastructures. Furthermore, it will support the mobility of researchers in the nuclear field in the framework of Horizon Europe’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

The new Euratom programme complements Horizon Europe using the same instruments and rules for participation.

The Euratom research and training programme can be read here.