The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research established the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (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 and further support the achievement of our mission to enhance patient care through advances in biomedical imaging.
Today, 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. Together, these partners educate the public about imaging research and advocate for federal support of that research.
CIBR members enjoy several benefits 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 https://www.facebook.com/acadrad.org/).
- Invite an imaging researcher to speak at one of your events.
- Attend meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate for imaging research.
CIBR members also have the opportunity to participate in the Medical Technology Showcase, 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.