Board-certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, with subspecialty certification in Neuroradiology and advanced training in positron emission tomography (PET), Dr. Meltzer serves as the William P. Timmie Professor and Chair of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Associate Dean for Research at the Emory School of Medicine.
As President of the Academy of Radiology Research, I welcome you to explore our website and thank you for your interest in the organization. The Academy was created in 1995 with the goal of raising awareness of the value of imaging research and its impact on patient care. Efforts by Academy volunteers have led to success in both the establishment of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, (NIBIB), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and more recently the Interagency Working Group for Medical Imaging (IWGMI). In addition, thanks in part to the Academy’s advocacy and educational efforts, the federal government’s budget for biomedical imaging research has nearly doubled since 2003. While the past several years were challenging for the NIH due to the flat investment in scientific research, we are encouraged by Congress’s recent $2 billion increase for the Institutes. It is our goal to encourage Congress to maintain this momentum in the following years.
In the coming year, the Academy will continue to leverage its growing membership imaging societies and to promote recognition of the need for sustainable federal research support. We will also continue to collaborate with the NIH to ensure that policies and procedures reflect the interests of the imaging research community, most especially those of early career researchers and the development of their ideas and interests within the imaging community.
Academy initiatives will continue to grow the visibility of the impact of imaging research and ensure that the research community’s voice is heard in Washington. In addition, our collaborations with the patient advocates, industry representatives, and academic radiology departments that are part of the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) will help to educate policy makers and the public about the innovations in imaging that have resulted from these partnerships.
It is precisely this diversity of views and voices that has made the imaging research community so successful in its advocacy. Thank you for your interest, commitment and support. I look forward to collaborating with you throughout my term as President.
Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD,
Academy of Radiology Research