Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2017-04-25T16:17:59+00:00

When was CIBR Established? Why?

The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research established CIBR in 2008 to ensure that the voice of imaging research would be both unified and diverse. The Academy felt that it was critical that it involve all stakeholders of the imaging research community in advocacy.

Who is part of CIBR?

CIBR has over 200 members, including patient advocacy groups, academic Radiology Departments, imaging societies, and industry companies. Our patient groups represent the full spectrum of diseases that use imaging for their detection, diagnosis, and/or treatment. More than 90% of the diseases studied at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) use imaging, and CIBR is committed to having the same diversity in its membership. Please visit the all members page for more information.

Can my group join CIBR?

Absolutely! We are always looking to partner with patient organizations that share our commitment to imaging research. Please visit our membership inquiry page and provide us with information on your organization and we will follow up with you promptly.

Is there a cost to join CIBR as a patient advocate organization? What is the time commitment?

CIBR membership is free for patient groups. While we recognize that our members all have their own events and initiatives, we believe that they will find our collaborative opportunities substantive and mutually beneficial. However, there is no time requirement, and groups can be involved as little or as much as they prefer.

What are some of the benefits of CIBR membership? What initiatives can I be involved in as a patient advocacy member?

There are many benefits to CIBR membership including, but not limited to, having the opportunity to:

  • Meet and network with other imaging research advocates, including patients, academic radiologists and imaging researchers, and industry representatives.
  • Stay informed on the latest updates on imaging research.
  • Receive legislative updates and Capitol Hill news.
  • Learn about the National Institutes of Health’s grant opportunities and events.
  • Partner with academic radiologists and imaging researchers when submitting a grant application to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
  • Participate in CIBR’s grassroots advocacy initiatives on behalf of imaging research.
  • Feature your group and your disease awareness month in the CIBR blog, newsletter, and social media feeds (@CIBR_News on Twitter and
  • Invite an imaging researcher to speak at one of your events.
  • Attend meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate for imaging research.
  • Participate in the Medical Technology Showcase.

What is the Medical Technology Showcase?

The Medical Technology Showcase is CIBR’s signature event on Capitol Hill. This annual event features 12 display booths and 15 academic research posters that detail the impact imaging research has on patient care. Patients, academic researchers, and industry representatives partner together to showcase their research collaborations to Congress, and to ask the federal government to continue to support imaging research. See a full review of the most recent Medical Technology Showcase.

What are some of your recent legislative accomplishments?

The Academy was instrumental in advocating for the establishment of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health. In Fiscal Year 2016, that Institute’s budget increased by 5%, which is larger than the median increase across the NIH of 4.6%. In addition, we urged for the creation of the Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging (IWGMI) at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This working group will coordinate medical imaging research efforts across the federal government.