With funding from Bergen Research Foundation, Helse Bergen and the University of Bergen have jointly established a Medical Imaging and Visualization Centre with effect from 1 January 2017. The centre is the result of interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, the Faculty of Psychology and Helse Bergen. The centre is located in the Radiology Department at Helse Bergen, and Renate Grüner has been appointed head of the centre.
The centre’s long-term goal is to ensure that research results benefit patients through more accurate diagnoses and safer treatment using modern equipment.
‘We see it as strategically important to establish a centre to further develop and build on the expertise and resources acquired by our research environments over several years,’ says Eivind Hansen, CEO of Helse Bergen.
Bergen Research Foundation will support this medical visualization initiative with a total grant of NOK 33 million over a period of five years, NOK 6 million of which is earmarked for a new tenure track position at the Department of Informatics. NOK 27 million will be allocated to the operation of the centre, including 2–3 research projects. In addition, the University of Bergen and Helse Bergen will contribute substantial resources in the form of staffing and infrastructure.
The new research projects will have an important place in the centre’s work, and the centre’s management have invited relevant academic environments to submit draft project proposals. Based on the draft proposals, a smaller number of academic environments will be invited to submit applications, which will then be assessed by international experts.
The process of identifying the research projects that will form the core of the centre’s activities in the start-up period has thereby already begun. See also the Foundation’s call for project proposals, with further information and the evaluation criteria.