BIDMC is a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and has the third highest NIH funding of independent hospitals in the US. The Department of Radiology continues to hold a strong position in research funding nationally in the United States. One major focus of the research efforts in the Department of Radiology is the facilitation of translational research in which advances in the basic science sections are translated into improvements in patient care.
Over the past several years, the Department has undertaken a strategic planning process. The purpose of this process is to identify areas of future potential growth within the Department. One of the critical steps in facilitating research in the Department was the recommendation to consolidate research space for radiology research. Planning for this is underway. In late 2008, the majority of research space in the Department will be on the 7th floor of the Dana building. This will facilitate the organization of a variety of core laboratories within the research efforts of the Department.
A key area of interdisciplinary research in the department is the Center for Imaging Technology and Molecular Diagnostics (CITMD) which is an interdepartmental center at the BIDMC. The co-founders of the CITMD are Robert E. Lenkinski, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, and John V. Frangioni, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Radiology, both at Harvard Medical School. These laboratories have been active in the field of molecular imaging since 1999, and are the recipients of multiple NIH, industry, and foundation peer-reviewed grants. Three years ago, the CITMD began building a small animal imaging facility (http://www.longwoodsaif.org/), which has now blossomed into a state-of-the-art center. The CITMD is establishing a first-in-human clinical trials infrastructure to translate new cancer detection technologies into the clinic for testing on patients. This structure will ensure that promising contrast agents and imaging technology are tested on patients in a safe, efficient manner.