More than 130 attendees representing 40-plus institutions from Spain and the United States converged in Boston for the Madrid-MIT M+Visión Consortium’s inaugural open house, the Consortium’s first Boston-based event. The two-day event brought together a range of thought leaders, researchers and industry partners in a series of presentations, networking opportunities and laboratory tours designed to catalyze interactions to advance translational biomedical imaging innovation.
Luis Sánchez, managing director, Agencia de Calidad, Acreditación y Prospectiva de las Universidades de Madrid (ACAP), opened the day of presentations with a welcome message from Madrid. Noting that the Open House happened just weeks after the Consortium’s first birthday, he said “it is carrying out the vision of Consejera de Educación y Empleode la Comunidad de Madrid Lucía Figar to translate great research and knowledge into useful innovations for Spain and the world, leveraging the resources and expertise in Madrid.”
Featuring nearly 100 presentations on Positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), optical, computer vision, ultrasound, pre-clinical, Magnetoencephalography (MEG), and computer tomography (CT), the open house showcased a broad spectrum of imaging research areas, with special sections devoted to moving “Beyond the Bench” (presentations by imaging specialists in private companies, including Bruker, GE, BioCapital Advisors, Merck, Novartis, and others).
An overview of funding opportunities available for work in Spain and Europe was presented. In addition, Consortium leadership announced travel grants available through the Consortium to foster collaboration between Madrid and Boston groups.
Elfar Adalsteinsson, co-chair of the open house and an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and health sciences and technology, said, “There is so much exciting activity happening in biomedical imaging in these two communities, it was a challenge to design an event that would give people a broad yet meaningful overview. Our presenters did a wonderful job of sharing their current interests, which kept the interactions lively throughout the day.”
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