About BIRC

 The Biomedical Imaging Research Centre (BIRC) is a Full Partnership Centre at Western University encompassing London-wide Imaging.

BIRC is focused on the discovery and development of innovative imaging techniques and instrumentation to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases. By integrating efforts across multiple Faculties, University Departments and Institutes, the Centre has the potential become the most successful integrated Biomedical Imaging Research Program in Canada, and to rank among the top 5 such programs in the world. 

Under the umbrella of BIRC, biomedical imaging research in London is now a highly integrated program covering all major imaging modalities and biomedical applications, which include: Cardiovascular Imaging, Imaging in Neurosciences & Mental Health, Neonatology & Pediatric Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Imaging in Oncology, Respiratory Imaging, Image-guided Interventions, and Basic Imaging Science & Engineering.

BIRC integrates biomedical imaging research at two research institutes (Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute), London’s hospitals, twelve basic science and clinical Departments at Western in the Faculties of Medicine & Dentistry, Health Sciences, Science, and Engineering. 



  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Imaging in Neurosciences/ Mental health
  • Neonatology & Pediatric Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Imaging in Oncology
  • Respiratory Imaging


  • Basic Imaging Science & Engineering
  • Cellular, Molecular & Imaging Probe Development
  • Hybrid Imaging Technology
  • Image-guided Surgery & Therapy
  • Small and Large Animal Imaging


As a result of multiple successful operating grants, industrial partnerships, and Canada Foundation for Innovation awards, Western’s biomedical imaging investigators have attracted in excess of $110M over the past 5 years and have established imaging core facilities that are among the best in North America.

BIRC Scientists are committed to translating innovations in their research programs into clinical practice and the private sector. Over the past decade, 7 companies have been spun-off from imaging researchers’ laboratories.  In addition, BIRC investigators have been awarded 29 patents with an additional 10 pending.  Many of these patents have been licensed to companies that are making these innovations available world-wide.

Graduate student training is a priority of BIRC investigators, who have provided an excellent city-wide environment and state-of-the-art facilities for their research. Together with partners in Schulich Medicine and Dentistry, Engineering and Science, BIRC investigators lead and participate in 5 CIHR Team grants and 4 CIHR and NSERC Strategic Training Programs. These programs attract some of the best graduate students to Western and provide them with the training and skills required to become outstanding independent researchers in their own right. Our students training experience is further enhanced through partnership with international graduate training programs in China, France, and the Netherlands.