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07-28-2007, 05:35 PM
Today marks the inauguration of a biomedical imaging center that is the fruit of a collaboration between the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, their two university hospitals (CHUV and HUG), and the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne). The new Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM) includes a 14-Tesla MRI machine, the most powerful in the world, capable of producing images with unparalleled resolution.

The new Swiss Center joins a handful of top-flight biomedical imaging centers elsewhere in the world. The CIBM is unique in that it does not focus on a single imaging technique; although it includes five MRI machines, the Center also boasts PET (Positron Emission Tomography), EEG/Brain Mapping, Phase-contrast Radiology, and a signal processing and image analysis facility. The instruments are spread among several sites and synchronized between Lausanne and Geneva, with a cross-institutional administration housed on the EPFL campus.

The CIBM emphasizes the complementary relationship between research and clinical imaging applications. In addition to the experimental machines on the EPFL campus, including the 14-Tesla MRI and a first-of-its-kind 7 Tesla MRI for human clinical research, the University Hospitals in Geneva and Lausanne each have a 3-Tesla MRI machine for clinical use. All these machines are highly compatible, making it possible to share data and scientific results between sites. This complete set of imaging instruments will open up unparalleled avenues for exploration in medical research, in particular the study of the brain, metabolic diseases such as diabetes, and oncology.

The CIBM reinforces the reputation of the Lake Geneva region as a hub of biomedical research and consolidates in a remarkable way the intellectual capital of the five participating institutions. The CIBM has a three-part mission: to advance imaging techniques, to conduct fundamental biomedical research and to support a scientific program that will lead to progress in therapeutic applications. By optimising both financial and human resources, the collaborating institutions have created a synergistic entity that will put the Lake Geneva region definitively on the map in the biomedical world for many years to come.

In addition to the financial collaboration of the participating institutions, the CIBM has support from the Leenaards and Louis-Jeantet de Médicine Foundations.

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