Title of Presentation
“ESR – BBMRI Collaboration: the basis of integration between Biobanking and Medical Imaging”
Date and Place
Hans-Ulrich Kauczor is Full Professor and Chairman of Radiology at the University of Heidelberg and acts as the Medical Director of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.
He studied Medicine at the University of Bonn, Heidelberg and Cologne. He began his Radiology Residency in 1989 at the University Hospital Mainz and received there his Habilitation degree as University Lecturer in 1998. From 1996 until 2002 he acted as Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiology at the University of Mainz. In 2003 he became Full Professor for Radiology and lead the Department of Radiology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg before taking the Chairmanship of Radiology at the University of Heidelberg in 2008.
The main focus of his scientific work is on the field of CT & MRI of the „Chest“ and „Oncology“. Since 1990 he has published more than 400 publications in this field. Hans-Ulrich Kauczor has established medical image repositories in several large scale research projects, e.g. he is leading the Platform imaging of the German Center of Lung Research as well as the Whole Body MR imaging within the German National Cohort.
The ESR and the BBMRI-ERIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 11, 2015 that officially seals the beginning of a promising collaboration. The main goals of this collaboration are to promote the importance and visibility of medical imaging repositories to coordinate efforts to establish a European imaging biobank infrastructure and to ensure its linking to existing biobanks.
There is a huge potential in integrating imaging and ‘omics’ data from biobanks in order to support and facilitate personalised medicine, clinical trials, and the evaluation of new drugs. To exploit this opportunity a structured repository for imaging data linked to a biobank is needed. ESR has approved a strategy to support the development of European repositories in medical imaging to simplify access to knowledge, improve interoperability, standardisation, and data management, and finally to ensure a harmonised approach to quality assurance of data. The immediate purpose of imaging biobanks will be to allow the generation of imaging biomarkers for use in research studies and to support the validation of existing and novel imaging biomarkers.
ESR and BBMRI-ERIC are currently working together on the linking of MIABIS (Minimum Information About BIobank data Sharing) with DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) as well as the BBMRI-ERIC Directory, a tool for sharing aggregate information about the biobanks that are willing to start external collaborations. Moreover, imaging in large population cohorts (LPC) are to be with biobanks according to BBMRI-ERIC standards.