Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) Partnership
The Academy Record
For an average annual investment in the Academy of less than $500,000, the radiology community has realized an exceptional return that includes:
• creation of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), which now has an annual budget approaching $300 million
• an increase in the total amount of NIH grants to radiology departments from $75 to 306 million (1995-2004)
• an increase in the NCI Cancer Imaging Program from $48 to 172 million (1996-2004)
Current Academy Activities
Current Academy initiatives and efforts include:
• Advocacy for increased federal investments in imaging research
• Stronger relationships between radiology and NIH Institutes and other federal agencies that support imaging research
• In collaboration with Academy member societies, development of a Blueprint for Imaging in Biomedical Research (BIBR), a white paper that will position radiology for leadership in the broad field of biomedical research as well as in clinical medicine
• Creation of the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR), a permanent alliance of radiology and imaging science societies, bioengineering societies, imaging companies, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and patient groups that will strengthen advocacy activities in support of imaging research and distribute the financial burden of those activities more equitably (All Academy member societies are members of CIBR at no additional cost).
CIBR Medical Technology Showcase - Brad Levin, GM, North America Visage Imaging reports on his attendance at the 2012 CIBR showcase on the SIIMshare Blog.
SIIM in the Spotlight with CIBR - SIIM Chair, Raym Geis, MD provides a response to one of CIBR's patient advocacy groups, the Von-Hippel Lindau Family Alliance, about moving medical images.
Why the Academy Remains Important
• Helps to ensure that radiology will have central role in development of new imaging technologies and thus a predominant role in clinical applications of such advances
• Leads the continuing effort to increase federal funding for imaging research through the NIBIB, other NIH Institutes, and other federal agencies
• Enhances stature and increases visibility of radiology in medical research and health policy arenas, with the result that radiology has a more effective voice
• Builds relationships with legislators, Congressional staff, and other Washington policy makers that can pay dividends on other issues
Value of Academy to SIIM
• Opportunity for SIIM representative to help develop Academy priorities and strategies
• Source of information for SIIM members on developments relating to radiology and imaging science at NIH and throughout the federal government
• Academy’s efforts contribute directly to SIIM purpose “to promote and advance…the development and application of advanced technology information systems that will improve the delivery of medical imaging services”
• Regular opportunities for interaction with other societies, federal policy makers, and, through CIBR, industry leaders