In 2019, European Society of Radiology (ESR) in cooperation with the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) launched a new program is to stimulate and provide funding for innovative projects and pilot studies that will subsequently lead to larger studies and further funding applications: the ESR Research Seed Grant.

Artificial Intelligence and Cardiac Imaging were identified as the funding priorities for 2020. After an extensive review by a panel of 25 international experts, eight proposals were selected for funding:

AI-driven MR-based imaging of tumor hypoxia
Ieva Kurilova, Netherlands Cancer Institute

CT-based radiomics analysis in patients with intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) of the pancreas
David Tobaly, Hôpital Beaujon Clichy

Integration of a Retina U-Net algorithm for the automated detection of primary lung cancer in clinical workflows
Thomas Weikert, University Hospital Basel

MRI-assessed myocardial deformation of the systemic right ventricle in patients with transposition of the great arteries
Maja Hrabak Paar, University Hospital Center Zagreb

Optimization and validation of highly accelerated compressed sensing whole-heart 4D-Flow imaging
Clemens Reiter, Medical University of Graz

Reliability of cardiothoracic ratio as an estimate of cardiac enlargement compared to gold standard MRI parameters
Monika Arzanauskait, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

RISK – Risk Maps using T2 mapping and Diffusion MR Sequences of the Prostate
Liliana Caldiera, University Hospital Cologne

Spatio-temporal cardiac motion patterns in the non-invasive diagnosis of myocarditis
Fabian Laqua, University Medicine Greifswald


We congratulate the awardees and are looking forward to hearing about the progress in their fascinating research projects during ECR 2021.

Find out more about what the researchers aim to achieve in their projects here.