March 14, 2019

ACR’s Thorwarth and NIBIB’s Tromberg Discuss Mutual Interests

American College of Radiology (ACR) chief executive officer Bill Thorwarth and other representatives of the ACR met with Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D., the new director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), and his staff on March 7 to discuss priorities jointly relevant to the practice and science of medical imaging.

Their dynamic conversation addressed radiology’s role in artificial intelligence (AI), activities at the ACR Data Science Institute™ (DSI) and ways of sharing and accessing data. Both parties also discussed the challenges of sharing medical images and successfully utilizing AI algorithms. The director closed the meeting by expressing his desire to link cutting-edge research with radiology.

A pioneer researcher in the field of biophotonics, Tromberg was sworn in as NIBIB director on January 7. He now oversees NIBIB’s $378 million annual budget, 230-person staff and portfolio of more than 800 grants supporting the research and development of new biomedical imaging and bioengineering technologies. He has co-authored more than 450 publications and holds patents for biophotonics technologies and their applications to cancer, neuroscience and vascular disease.

Tromberg succeeds Roderic Pettigrew, MD, Ph.D., a former Emory University professor of radiology who led NIBIB from 2002 to 2017. The ACR and other radiology-related societies strongly urged Congress to establish NIBIB as a center for world-class medical imaging research among the other esteemed institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health. It was founded in 2000.