Twenty-four finalists for the first Madrid–MIT M+Visión Consortium Fellowship in Biomedical Imaging and 21 selection committee members converged in Madrid for three days filled with presentations, workshops and laboratory tours. The fellowship is a central component of the consortium’s mission to strengthen Madrid as a global center for biomedical imaging innovation, to advance imaging science, and to improve human health with better care technologies and techniques.
Dr. Martha L. Gray, J.W. Kieckhefer Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering at MIT and director of the Madrid–MIT M+Visión Consortium, said “This is not an ordinary fellowship, where candidates interview and those who fit the investigator’s research agenda the best are accepted. This is a concentrated effort to build a team of multidisciplinary innovators who are driven to shape biomedical imaging in the coming decades.”
The consortium has significant backing from its co-founding institutions, including the Community of Madrid (the state of Spain that includes its capital of the same name), the Fundación madri+d para el Conocimiento, and MIT. José Eugenio Martínez Falero, chief executive officer of the Fundación, believes the M+Visión Fellows will advance the consortium’s overarching mission. “We’re confident these candidates are committed to our goals of accelerating innovation in biomedical imaging, promoting translational research, and encouraging entrepreneurship. Meeting them personally for their final interviews, I could see first hand how they can help to catalyze scientific and technological innovations.”
“Convening these creative and capable people, who are each committed to realizing the promise of biomedical imaging, supports our effort to build productive collaborations across institutional and functional boundaries,” said Dr. Francisco Del Pozo Guerrero, professor of bioengineering and director of the Centre for Biomedical Technology (CTB) at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). “We are searching for fellows who will create and share new knowledge, and generate innovations that will strengthen Madrid’s status as a world-class biomedical imaging center. My colleagues on the selection committee agree — we met them.”
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