BIRC Renewed as a Western Centre

With a bold vision of becoming the best integrated biomedical imaging research program in Canada and one of the best in the world, the London-wide Biomedical Imaging Research Centre (BIRC) was established at Western University in 2009.

By integrating the research efforts at Robarts Research Institute, Lawson Health Research Institute and twelve basic and clinical departments within the Western faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, Health Sciences, Science, and Engineering, BIRC has achieved what many strive for in today’s research climate – a truly interdisciplinary approach to addressing some of the most pressing challenges in medical imaging.

During the Centre’s initial 3-year term, BIRC researchers published over 850 peer-reviewed papers and were awarded over $175 million in research grants.  The group as a whole has research infrastructure valued at well over $100 million, including Canada’s only whole-body hybrid PET/MRI scanner (received in February 2012).

Research translation in the form of new products, devices and therapies to improve patient management is at the core of BIRC medical imaging research. BIRC members have generated over 50 patents and founded 7 spin-off companies. In addition, technology from Dr. Aaron Fenster’s lab has been licensed to 8 different companies, while GE Healthcare has licensed the CT perfusion software developed in Dr. Ting-Yim Lee’s laboratory. These innovations are being used around the world.

In recognition of these notable successes, Western University has renewed BIRC’s status as a Centre for another three years.