Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI²)


Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI²)2019-11-27T10:19:51-05:00

The Academy’s 2019 CECI² Class 

The 2019 CECI² Experience 

“The Academy has great value in advocating for more research funding and representing the community to decision makers. We were only one of many organizations advocating on Capitol Hill that day. Without an organization such as the Academy, we would not be represented.”

Steven H. Baete, PhD
NYU/Langone Health

“My experience with the Academy has been a groundbreaking opportunity to exchange ideas with a national network of researchers and leaders, collectively advocating for increased research funding and the future of radiology.”

Mai-Lan Ho, MD
Nationwide Children’s/Ohio State
Sponsored by The Society for Pediatric Radiology

“The Academy offers an event with a breadth that I’ve not seen matched elsewhere. The event focuses on professional development and global service to the greater scientific community. From the extended time spent at the NIH learning how to individually hone and optimize our grant writing skills, to the afternoon on Capitol Hill pitching for budgetary increases to the NIH and NIBIB, each investigator had an opportunity to contribute positively to the future of our medical imaging practice.”

Dr. Emily L. Marshall, PhD
University of Chicago
Sponsored by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine

“The Academy provides a unique opportunity for the development of partnerships with legislators, academic leaders in radiology, and members of imaging technology industry which can pave the way for promoting bioimaging research, effective implementation of our research results and opens new doors for future technological and scientific collaborations.”

Dr. Sam Payabvash, MD
Yale University


The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research created the Council of Early Investigators in Imaging (CECI²) in 2014 to recognize the achievements of researchers who are in the early phases of their careers and engage them in our advocacy for research funding. Academic departments who are members of the Academy’s Academic Council are eligible to nominate an individual from their department to be considered as a member of the Academy CECI².


Nominated by the Chair or Vice Chair for Research, the two main criteria for consideration are their potential in securing an NIH RO1 in the future (based on RSNA grants, K awards and other society awards), and by illustrating clearly their interest in the mission of the Academy.

Initial awardees are funded to travel to Washington, DC for the Academy’s CIBR Medical Imaging Technology Showcase in the spring and visit institutes and centers at the NIH, participate in grassroots advocacy by visiting congressional offices, and display and discuss research posters at the Showcase with attendees.


Two electronic notices are sent out to all Academic Chairs and Vice Chairs of Research who are members of the Academy, with a link to the nomination forms and a deadline announcement. Once all nominations are received, the co-chairs of CECI2 along with the CIBR Chair will determine the CECI2 awardees. All nominees and those who nominated them will be notified via email, in the Academy newsletter and our website. Academy staff then begins working with each new CECI² member to prepare for three full days of advocacy and educational meetings and events in Washington DC.

Not sure if your Academic Department is a member of the Academy’s Academic Council? Check the Academy Academic Council membership list to confirm.


Current CECI2 co-chairs:

Samuel Galgano, MD @ University of Alabama Birmingham and Alexander Goehler, MD, PhD @ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

CECI2 Travel Reimbursement Form

Who do I contact with questions?

Please address questions to Renee Cruea, Executive Director at [email protected], Emily Townley, Executive Administrator, Operations Manager at [email protected]