The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), created a new biomedical technology resource center to develop new image guided therapies.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston will receive $15 million over five years in a cooperative agreement (U41) to establish a national Image Guided Therapy (IGT) Center. The new resource will provide a unique, “one-stop-shopping” research, training, and service center that will develop and make available to scientists and clinicians image processing and display tools; dynamic and adaptive Magnetic Resonance Imaging methods; novel therapy techniques; and image-guided robotics. The funding will allow the IGT Center to expand its range of research areas to include cardiovascular interventions and targeted drug delivery.
“We believe this collaborative, multidisciplinary center will develop innovative image guided intervention technologies that will enable effective, less invasive clinical treatments that are not only more economical, but also produce better results for patients,” said Barbara M. Alving, M.D., Director of NCRR.
NCIGT is supported by three NIH Institutes. A portion of the $15 million in NIH support to the IGT resource will come from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The center has 5 research cores :
Image-guided Neurosurgery Core
In addition NCIGT i organized by the following functions:
Administration, Training, Service, and Dissemination