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The large-scale open physical user access to state-of-the-art biological and biomedical imaging technologies
The European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Euro-BioImaging, EuBI) provides a large-scale open physical user access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies for life scientists. It will offer image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers and continuously evaluate and include new imaging technologies to ensure sustainable cutting-edge services. EuBI consists of a set of complementary, strongly interlinked and geographically distributed Nodes − specialised imaging facilities − to reach European scientists in all Member States. The infrastructure is empowered by a strong supporting and coordinating entity, the EuBI Hub. The Hub provides the virtual entry point from which users are directed to their desired technology as served by the respective EuBI Nodes. Since May 2016, EuBI has opened Interim Operation and provides open access to 28 of 29 Node Candidates in 11 countries and at EMBL, offering 36 imaging technologies.
In the ESFRI Roadmap since 2008, EuBI is striving to establish the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by 2018.
Advanced and innovative imaging technologies are becoming increasingly important for analysis of molecular dynamics in cells and organisms, delivering crucial information more easily than standard biochemical methods. Nevertheless, European life scientists often lack access to pioneering imaging technologies. EuBI reduces this gap by coordinating a distributed imaging infrastructure offering open access to external users from other European research institutions. Such open access model brings numerous benefits to the scientific community: it mitigates the scarcity of expert staff and the high costs for individual institutions to install innovative imaging technologies; it increases international cooperation and boosts transfer of knowledge among European researchers. EuBI will allow life scientists working in academia, health care and industry to gain access to a broader range of much-needed advanced imaging technologies and knowledge, building bridges from basic biological to medical and clinical research.
In practice, the EuBI ERIC provides: i) physical access to cutting-edge imaging technologies at the Nodes, including advanced probes, expertise and training, methods, software and analysis tools, and ii) virtual access to common image data services provided by the Hub such as software tools for image processing, common repositories for reference image data sets for sharing and re-use, academically owned cloud storage and compute services. The significantly improved research conditions for life scientists will increase European competitiveness, exchange the brain drain for a brain gain and open new research fields to European researchers. In a next step, this will fundamentally advance the molecular understanding of health and disease. For example, new and faster drug development processes will be enabled, leading to better diagnosis, therapy and disease prevention.
The massively improved research conditions for life scientists will not only allow Europe to secure its global leadership position in imaging technologies and open new research fields to European research but also to fundamentally advance the molecular understanding of health and disease. New and faster drug development will be enabled, leading to better diagnosis, therapy and disease prevention and therewith increasing the quality of life for patients. In addition, EuBI will provide the essential imaging infrastructure for European scientists to develop the innovative solutions for other Grand Challenges including food security, bio-economy, inclusive and innovative societies.
By opening access to the complete range of cutting-edge technologies while at the same time coordinating and sharing the costs of deployment, EuBI allows its Member States a much better return on investment for biological and medical imaging platforms. The harmonization of access to imaging technologies across Europe Infrastructures overcomes the current duplication of infrastructure investments and the fragmentation of the European research landscape in this area.
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