Vision, Mission and Values


To be the best integrated Biomedical Imaging Research Program in Canada, and

to rank among the top 5 integrated Biomedical Imaging Research Programs in the world.


The Biomedical Imaging Research Centre (BIRC)is focused on the discovery and development of innovative imaging techniques and instrumentation to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.


Research Excellence:  To identify and carry out innovative research with recognized excellence at the frontiers of knowledge in biomedical imaging.

Collaboration:  To support and maintain strong research programs at all sitesand expand collaborations with clinical and basic science departments at Western. 

Translation:  To ensure that innovations and discoveries are protected so that they can be exploited appropriately and to work with our clinical colleagues in translating our research results into clinical practice.

Education:  To train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in an interdisciplinary environment that will generate the leaders of tomorrow.

Innovation in Health Research:  To link patient-centred perspectives to the development of technological innovations that can transform the manner by which disease is understood, diagnosed, and treated.