Investing in the Future of Radiology Research and Innovation

Woodard_headshot_102219Pamela K. Woodard, MD, FACR, member of the ACR Board of Chancellors and chair of the ACR Commission on Research, contributed this post.

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Center for Research and Innovation™ (CRI™) supports, designs and manages research studies that aim to translate new evidence into clinical practice. To help continue to uphold this mission, we upgraded our facility and recently moved to Two Liberty Place in Philadelphia, several blocks from our prior location.

We are proud to have cut the ribbon on a new first-class working environment on Monday, Feb. 3, welcoming our researchers and staff, who serve as leading experts in academia and industry on clinical trial design and management, and on precision diagnostics and treatment. This new location in Philadelphia provides the CRI team and their collaborators with a state-of-the-art Facility.

Ribbon Cutting

ACR Chief Executive Officer William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, ACR Board of Chancellors Chair Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR and ACR Center for Research and Innovation Executive Vice President Charles Apgar cut the ribbon at the new facility. (Photo/Becky DiGati)

 

This new location is now home to our ongoing studies, including the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST), the Imaging Dementia–Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study, the Detection of Early Lung Cancer Among Military Personnel (DECAMP) study, and the extensive portfolio of radiation therapy research trials, such as RTOG and NRG. To facilitate these studies, we rely on over 100 ACR staff researchers at the Philadelphia and Reston, VA ACR offices, as well as thousands of imaging scientists and accredited facilities throughout the United States.

This upgraded, modern facility with new technology — including enhanced videoconferencing capabilities — will encourage collaboration with both on-site and remote participants. The new space includes a conference center and provides the ACR with the ability to host scientific summit meetings and conferences with up to 200 attendees. Our new space is located in the heart of the city of Philadelphia, easily accessible from nearby train stations, airports and highways, and near numerous first-class restaurants.

The CRI has fully embraced the use of cloud-based solutions for information technology architecture and leverages our collaborative relationship with the ACR Data Science Institute®. These strategies will enhance researchers’ access to curated data and create opportunities to develop new analytic tools and resources. In particular, these advancements position the CRI to support emerging science related to precision medicine, the role of machine learning in research and integrated diagnostics.

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