The Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) is holding the Seventh Annual Medical Technology Showcase on April 12, 2016 from 5pm-7pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room (325 Russell Senate Office Building) in Washington, DC.
The annual Medical Technology Showcase is a one of a kind event where attendees will explore eleven individual display areas, each focused on a unique and innovative imaging technology to address conditions such as kidney, prostate, brain and lung cancer; TBI in women; neonatal MRI, and even smoking cessation. What is especially compelling about this annual event is that each display area features:
- an advocate for patients who have benefitted from the technology;
- an academic researcher who has researched the highlighted disease (often with NIH support);
- an industry developer who manufactures a cutting-edge technology to combat or treat the disease.
The goal for this event is to educate all attendees — policymakers, advocates and the public -about the positive impact that imaging technology has on patient care; the value of NIH-funded academic research; and, the importance of effective collaboration among academia, industry and patient advocacy groups. Imaging technology continues to have a significant impact on patient care by enabling earlier detection, more accurate diagnoses, and increasingly more effective treatment options for patients.
Imaging plays a vital role in many areas of medicine that require particular care and precise anatomical guidance. This life-saving function of advanced imaging will be articulated by four patients in attendance:
- Blakely Murphy is the first person in the world to experience both conventional brain surgery and a second, less invasive brain surgery utilizing advanced image guidance cutting her recovery time from 2 years to one week!
- Cindy Parlow Cone, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in soccer, whose professional career was cut short at 24 years old suffering from post-concussion syndrome;
- Barbara Cole, a national spokesperson who is learning to live with the devastating impact of early onset Alzheimer's disease; and,
- Beth Calabotta, a scientist in the biotechnology field who is facing the challenges of a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.
The Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) is a partnership of patient advocacy groups, academic radiology departments, and industry partners that collectively advocate for imaging research at the National Institutes of Health. To learn more, please contact [email protected] or visit http://www.imagingcoalition.org