Biomedical and biological research relies heavily on imaging technologies. To accommodate a growing need for digital imaging, the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures established the Euro-BioImaging consortium in October 2019. The Euro-BioImaging program gives life scientists access to imaging instruments, expertise, training opportunities, and data management services.
The broad range of technologies and resources that Euro-BioImaging has to offer should especially benefit researchers lacking these tools at their home institutions. Scientists in most fields of study could potentially benefit from these open access services. As it stands, 25 national imaging communities contributed to the creation of Euro-BioImaging.
Need for Open Access to Biological and Biomedical Imaging
Life science efforts require robust infrastructures to perform research and foster innovation. These infrastructures require a wide range of facilities, resources, and related services. Scientists can use digital images to discover the causes of human disease and observe its progression at the cellular level in real-time.
The capture and analysis of digital imagery are critical to the development of medicines and diagnostics. Researchers can use imaging technology to visualize and measure molecular and cellular processes with accuracy and coverage that were once impossible. The productivity and impact of European Life Science research can expect to benefit from access to high-quality imaging facilities, resources, and services.
The European development of research infrastructures has been coordinated through the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) since 2002. ESFRI seeks to develop scientific integrations both within and outside of Europe.
How Euro-BioImaging Hopes to Solve Biomedical Imaging Needs
Euro-BioImaging had its start as the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in 2007. The Euro-BioImaging consortium began operating in a limited fashion in May 2016. However, after its legal establishment in October 2019, the program set an aggressive goal to become fully operational before the close of 2019 and realize its mission of integrating European life sciences. Full access is now available on its web portal.
The organization is run by a Hub, which is a collaborative effort between the EMBL in Turku, Finland, and Torino, Italy. Finland will manage the overall coordination of Euro-BioImaging, and Italy will coordinate access to biomedical imaging. The EMBL will also manage the BioImage Archive where imaging data will be stored and shared.
Imaging services will be provided through Nodes made available from its founding members, which include: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, EMBL, Finland, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, and the UK.
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