National Project of Multi-mode, Multi-scale Biomedical Imaging approved
APR . 30 2018
Peking University, April 13, 2018: The National Development and Reform Commission approved a project proposal of constructing a multi-mode, multi-scale biomedical imaging installation, whose legal entity is Peking University. The project will invest 1.75 billion yuan to cover an area of 72,000 square meters in 5 years.
An aerial view of the multi-mode, multi-scale biomedical imaging facility
This project is one of ten construction projects named by the 13th Five-Year Plan (“The Plan”) for national science-technology infrastructure construction, and it is the first time that such a project in biochemical imaging has been advocated by Chinese scientists. The project will provide revolutionary research methods to carry out the cross-scale visual descriptions and accurate measurements of the structures and functions of organisms.
Schematic of multi-mode, multi-scale biomedical imaging (From molecular level to organism level)
This structure is set at Beijing Huairou Comprehensive National Science Center, as an important affiliate of the Beijing Science and Technology Innovation Center. It will become part of a cluster of technologies for collaboration of major infrastructure setups such ashigh-energy synchrotron radiation sources, which help to promote cross-disciplinary integration and multi-subject innovation. The structure will be open to users all over the world in accordance with its principle of “open cooperation and resource sharing".
The major construction of multi-mode, multi-scale biomedical imaging
For the past four years, sponsored by Peking University and bolstered by domestic and foreign support, the project was registered and prepared by joint efforts, and more than 300 academicians participated in over a hundred project designs and demonstration meetings.
Peking University has made a series of important advances in biomedical imaging modal fusion, principle innovation, miniaturization, and high-throughput, and has put forth a series of innovations in fundamental research, instrument development, and clinical application. Peking University will build a secondary unit composed of multiple disciplines including imaging technology, bioscience, medicine, clinical studies, information, and engineering, which will undertake responsibility for the construction and operation of the imaging installation.
To give full play to the radiation effects of imaging construction and the linkage effects of industry, universities and research institutes, Peking University will unite diverse forces to explore scientific potential in areas like the Yangtze River Delta (Suzhou), Guangdong Bay Dawan District (Shenzhen), and One Belt One Road areas (Xi'an) to establish a scientific and educational alliance of biomedical imaging, an industrial transformation center, and a demonstration base, in order to cultivate professional talents to develop high-end medical facilities and promote the International Science Plan for Imaging Group.
December 14, 2013: The first imaging facility planning meeting was held at Peking University.
May 22, 2014: The imaging facility planning program seminar was held at Peking University.
June 14, 2015: The high-end forum on the development strategy of biomedical imaging in China was held at Peking University.
November 22, 2015: The 1st Youth Forum on New Technologies for Biomedical Imaging was held at Peking University. And on August 28, 2017, the 2nd Youth Forum on New Technologies for Biomedical Imaging was held in Xi'an.
July 13, 2016: The National Development and Reform Commission organized the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan” national major science and technology infrastructure planning review meeting.
December 11, 2016: Beijing University President Lin Jianhua led a team to Huairou Science City to discuss the construction of imaging facilities.
December 23, 2016: The National Development and Reform Commission,with eight ministries and commissions, jointly issued the “13th Five-Year Plan for National Major Science and Technology Infrastructure”, and the multi-mode, multi-scale biomedical imaging facility was listed in the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan” as a priority start-up construction project.
March 13, 2017: Peking University and the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences signed a cooperation agreement.
April 19, 2017: A memorandum of cooperation was signed between Beijing University, Suzhou City People's Government, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Suzhou Institute of Medical Science, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
April 22, 2017: The “Golden Prime Preliminary” Xiangshan meeting of the imaging facility was held.
May 9, 2017: Peking University and Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University signed a memorandum of cooperation; on June 9, 2017, Peking University and the National Imaging Center of France reached a cooperation intention.
May 18, 2017: The preparation meeting for the Imaging Facilities-Medical Imaging Technology Innovation Industry Alliance was held at Peking University.
May 25, 2017: Peking University submitted the Project Facility Proposal to the Ministry of Education.
June 10, 2017: The Ministry of Education held a preview meeting for the project proposal.
June 28, 2017: Peking University and Shenzhen Municipal People's Government signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement for the imaging facility’s Shenzhen Base.
August 1, 2017: The Ministry of Education and the Chinese Academy of Sciences officially submitted the "Project Proposal" for the imaging facility to the National Development and Reform Commission.
From September 29 to 30, 2017: The National Development and Reform Commission entrusted China Consultant Corporation to hold an evaluation meeting for the "project proposal" for imaging facilities.
February 22, 2018: The National Development and Reform Commission’s Administrative Services Hall formally accepted the Imaging Facilities Project Proposal.
April 13, 2018: The project proposal of the imaging facility was formally approved by the National Development and Reform Commission.
Written by: Yang Fan
Edited by: Wei Yunqi