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16.05.2024

Universitat de Barcelona joins Euro-Bioimaging ERIC to Promote Research on Biological and Biomedical Imaging

Universitat de Barcelona, through the Scientific and Technological Centers, has joined the Euro-Bioimaging Consortium of European Research Infrastructures ERIC. The initiative, supported by leading institutions, promises to open new doors in the field of imaging technology research in biological and biomedical sciences.

The agreement has been signed jointly with other Spanish institutions such as the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, the Fundación Biofísica Bizkaia/Biofisika Bizkaia Fundazioa, the Achucarro Basque Center For Neuroscience Fundazioa, the Fundació Centre de Regulació Genómica, the Agencia Estatal del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the Fundación para la Investigación del Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe de la Comunidad Valenciana –Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe–, the Institut de Ciències Fotòniques and the Fundació Institut de Recerca Biomèdica (IRB Barcelona). The objective of this historic agreement is to promote joint research, which will allow advancing research in the field of imaging technologies in biological and biomedical sciences.

The CCiTUB will be the coordinators of a new node specialized in living cell microscopy and in vivo microscopy, the Barcelona Live and Intravital-Advanced Light Microscopy Node (BLivIN), together with the Institut de Recerca Biomèdica-Barcelona (IRB-Barcelona) and the “Centre de Regulació Genómica” (CRG).

Advanced Optical Microscopy laboratories will play a key role in developing these techniques, providing their expertise in the field and offering researchers cutting-edge equipment and technologies.

Euro-Bioimaging ERIC

Euro-BioImaging is the European reference research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging, recognized by the European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Through Euro-BioImaging, scientists working in the life sciences can benefit from these pan-European open access services, which are provided by leading imaging facilities with very high quality standards.

Euro-Bioimaging ERIC has a series of key objectives that include:

  • Offering open access to a wide range of state-of-the-art technologies in the field of biological and biomedical imaging.
  • Providing expert guidance to technology users to optimize the performance and utilization of advanced imaging technologies offered in the Life Sciences field.
  • Advising on the analysis and storage of image data.
  • Offering free access to image analysis software and datasets of public interest.
  • Assessing and incorporating new imaging technologies to ensure the continuity of first-line services.
  • Providing researchers and technical teams with expert training and quality training workshops in the latest imaging technologies.
  • Establishing a coordinated plan to foster collaboration and create synergies between researchers from Europe and other parts of the world.
  • Encouraging and facilitating cooperation between scientists, companies and state and European authorities, with the aim of promoting scientific advancement and technological innovation.

Spain has played an important role during the long preparatory phase of Euro-BioImaging ERIC, and participates as a full member by initially contributing five nodes to the entire infrastructure, which have passed rigorous scientific-technical evaluations and represent a unique range of technologies in both biological and medical imaging. This agreement will facilitate collaboration and synergies between Spanish and European scientists, as the nodes are also an integral part of the Spanish Network of Advanced Optical Microscopy (REMOA).