Cardiff University and Siemens Healthineers have entered a strategic partnership to develop advanced medical technologies, with a key focus on imaging and in vitro diagnostics. Building on an existing ten-year collaboration in the field of clinical laboratory diagnostics, the partnership is set to support innovation in imaging research and precision diagnostics. Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) is at the heart of the partnership, bringing together magnetic resonance (MR) technology from Siemens Healthineers with Cardiff’s leading expertise in brain mapping and clinical innovation.
The partnership is set to transform the understanding of complex biological systems and enable earlier diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions such as dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. Moreover, integration of imaging and biochemical analysis modalities holds the power to provide innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of other conditions including cancer and diseases associated with infection and immunity. Convening other Cardiff partners, including the NHS, the collaboration aims to empower healthcare providers to achieve better patient outcomes at lower cost, by expanding precision medicine, improving patient experience and digitising healthcare.
“This unique collaboration will transform how we use our collective expertise in imaging, clinical laboratory diagnostics and data science to develop integrated diagnostic methods for the earlier and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease,” states Professor Ian Weeks, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences. “The partnership is committed to the global effort to positively change the lives and experience of those requiring healthcare interventions.”
"I am absolutely delighted that we are formalising our long-standing collaboration with Siemens Healthineers - a world-leading MR equipment manufacturer,” states Professor Derek Jones, Director at CUBRIC. “Through closer collaboration and shared objectives, we will push the boundaries of what can be achieved in magnetic resonance imaging, particularly in the realms of microstructural imaging, next-generation hardware, and the democratisation of MRI – providing low- and middle-income countries and high-income countries with remote access to our high-end scanners and all the data they produce, so that everyone, everywhere can benefit from the latest advances in MR technology.”
"This strategic partnership between Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre and Siemens Healthineers marks the next step towards achieving our shared vision, where diagnoses are more nuanced, treatments more precise and healthcare more sustainable,” states Dr Craig Buckley, Head of Research and Scientific Collaborations at Siemens Healthineers Great Britain and Ireland. “Leveraging a fleet of MRI systems supported by scientists from Siemens Healthineers, the partnership is set to enable advances in microstructural imaging research among other exciting areas in imaging and precision medicine. Together, we are working to facilitate open access to care and empower health equity."
Read more about the partnership here.