The Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) and the Academy of Radiology Research hosted a visit on June 10th to highlight the Imaging Research conducted at the NIH campus in Bethesda.
Roderic Pettigrew, PhD, MD, Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), gave a presentation on research currently underway at the NIBIB. Dr. Pettigrew’s presentation emphasized the cutting-edge research currently in the pipeline, including research funded by the NIBIB’s Quantum Grant Program. He also spoke about how Imaging is related to key aspects of health care reform, including non-invasive, point of care technologies and e-Health.
Bradford Wood, MD, Chief, Interventional Radiology Research, gave a presentation about the interventional radiology research being conducted at the Clinical Center at NIH. He stressed the importance of the interdisciplinary work being conducted at the Clinical Center, and the novel treatment options developed as a result of that work. Imaging allows physicians to deliver targeted treatment to tumors and immediately see if that treatment has been effective. He also highlighted the increasing interactions between images, drugs, and devices in improving patient care.
Henry Eden, MD, PhD, Deputy Chief, NIBIB Laboratory of Bioengineering and Physical Science, gave an overview of the NIBIB Intramural Research Program, explaining the many projects in the pipeline. The group was then able to tour the labs of Albert Jin, PhD, and Nicole Morgan, PhD. Dr. Jin spoke about his work on a vaccine for malaria; Dr. Morgan showed the group how fluorescence could be used for more effective surgery.
Attendees included representatives from several CIBR organizations, including the American Association for Dental Research , Association of Community Cancer Centers, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, GE Healthcare, Research!America, Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, and Society for Women’s Health Research. In addition, staffers representing the offices of Senator Robert Wicker, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Edward Markey, Congressman Pete Olson, Congressman Thomas Rooney, and Congressman Aaron Schock attended.