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The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) was established by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Establishment Act (H.R. 1795), which was signed into law on December 29, 2000. The primary mission of the Institute is to improve health by supporting and conducting interdisciplinary research and training in biomedical imaging and bioengineering. This is achieved through supporting the development and translation of emerging technologies that enable fundamental biomedical discoveries and facilitate early disease detection and management. More specifically, the NIBIB plans, conducts, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of research and research training that can be applied to a broad spectrum of biological processes, disorders, and diseases and across organ systems. The research promoted and supported by NIBIB is strongly synergistic with the other NIH institutes and centers as well as across government agencies, and has the potential for direct positive medical application. Ultimately, NIBIB seeks to translate research findings from the laboratory into practical solutions that will benefit the public health.


To support its mission, the Institute will coordinate and support research and research training through existing NIH funding mechanisms; explore and develop novel approaches for funding technology development and interdisciplinary research; develop and implement a program that cross trains research scientists in the biological and quantitative sciences; form synergistic partnerships within the NIH to translate fundamental research discoveries into medical applications; coordinate and collaborate with other government agencies, academia and industry to translate fundamental crosscutting discoveries and developments in imaging and engineering into biomedical applications; collaborate with voluntary and professional organizations engaged in biomedical imaging and bioengineering research and training activities; assume a leadership role in trans-agency initiatives for the construct of common data platforms and relevant standards and guidelines; and establish an intramural research and training program that focuses on emerging biomedical technologies.

Research Training

In order to encourage young, talented researchers, the Institute is providing training programs in the biomedical imaging and bioengineering fields through several funding mechanisms. NIBIB provides National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grants to support training for careers in multidisciplinary research, and National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows to support promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in fields related to the mission of the NIBIB.

Important Events in NIBIB History

December 29, 2000 – The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Establishment Act (H.R. 1795) is signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton.

April 20, 2001 – The NIBIB Establishment Plan, which described the initial infrastructure, organization, budget requirements, and mission, is approved by the Secretary of DHHS, Mr. Tommy G. Thompson.

April 26, 2001 – Dr. Donna J. Dean is named as Acting Director of the NIBIB.

June 13, 2001 – The NIBIB holds its first interagency activity, the "Joint NIH/NSF Workshop on Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Education and Training" at the National Science Foundation Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia.

August 28, 2001 – The National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is established.

September 19, 2001 – The NIBIB assumes administration of the NIH's Bioengineering Consortium (BECON). Dr. Jeffery Schloss of the National Human Genome Research Institute is named as the BECON Chair.

September 21, 2001 – The vacancy announcement is issued for the first permanent Director of NIBIB.

October 1, 2001 – The NIBIB web site is released.

October 11, 2001 – Program announcements for the BECON-coordinated Bioengineering Research Grants and Bioengineering Research Partnerships are released in the "NIH Guide."

December 3, 2001 – A joint "DOE/NIH Workshop on Thermography" is held in Bethesda, Maryland.

January 9, 2002 – A working group is established by NIBIB to review NIH research grants and make recommendations for transfers of relevant funded grants to NIBIB.

January 11, 2001 – The NIBIB's first budget appropriation is approved. The FY 2002 appropriation authorized a total of $112 million for the Institute.

February 21, 2002 – The NIBIB announces its first two Requests for Applications: RFA No. EB-02-001 entitled "Research and Development of Systems and Methods for Molecular Imaging"; and RFA No. EB-02-002 entitled "Sensor Development and Validation."

February 26, 2002 – NIBIB program staff move to new office space at 2 Democracy Plaza in Bethesda, Maryland.

April 1, 2002 – The NIBIB announces a joint NIH/NSF Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes (BBSI) Program.

April 5, 2002 – NIBIB releases the solicitations for Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (F32) and Institutional Research Training Grants (T32).

April 8, 2002 – The NIBIB announces the award of its first research grants to Yale University School of Medicine, the University of California at San Francisco, and Tribofilm Research, Inc.

May 7, 2002 – Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, Professor of Radiology, Medicine (Cardiology) and Bioengineering, and Director of the Emory Center for MR Research, Emory University School of Medicine, is named as the first Director of the NIBIB.

June 26, 2002 – BECON conducts a symposium on "Sensors in Biological Research and Medicine." Extramural co-chairs were Drs. Warren Grundfest of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Milan Mrksich of the University of Chicago.

July 7, 2002 – The NIBIB, IEEE's Signal Processing Society, and IEEE's Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conduct the "First International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: Macro to Nano" in Washington, D.C.

August 12, 2002 – NIBIB officials attend the dedication of the new Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall at the University of California, San Diego. Speakers at the dedication include Dr. Donna Dean, Acting Director of NIBIB, and Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, director designate.

August 28, 2002 – The NIBIB conducts a "Workshop on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Training," in Bethesda, Maryland.

September 13, 2002 – The NIBIB, NCI, and NSF hold a "Workshop on Image-Guided Interventions."

September 23, 2002 – Dr. Roderic Pettigrew assumes the position of Director of NIBIB.

September 23, 2002 – Dr. Donna Dean becomes the first Deputy Director of NIBIB.

September 26, 2002 – The NIBIB co-sponsors the "Third Inter-Institute Workshop on Diagnostic Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy: The Clinical Adventure."

December 16, 2002 - NIBIB conducts the "Workshop on Future Research Directions," in Bethesda, Maryland.

January 9, 2003 - NIBIB holds the first meeting of the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering in Bethesda, Maryland.

February 20, 2003 - Dr. Roderic Pettigrew and Dr. Donna Dean are inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

March 27, 2003 - NIBIB holds a conference on "Defining the State of the Art in Biomedical Imaging: Research Needs for the Future," at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

April 8, 2003 - NIBIB offers K01, K08, and K23 research training opportunities.

May 13, 2003 - New NIBIB organization announced by Dr. Roderic Pettigrew.

June 26, 2003 - BECON conducts a symposium on "Catalyzing Team Science." Extramural co-chairs were Drs. Janie Fouke of Michigan State University and Keith Brodie of Duke University, and the NIH Chair was Dr. Daniel Sullivan of the National Cancer Institute.

September 17, 2003 - The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Special Emphasis Panel is established.

Biographical Sketch of NIBIB Director Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew became the first director of NIBIB in September 2002. Prior to his appointment at NIBIB, he was Professor of Radiology, Medicine (Cardiology) at Emory University and Bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Director of the Emory Center for MR Research, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Pettigrew is known for his pioneering work at Emory University involving four-dimensional imaging of the heart using magnetic resonance (MRI). Dr. Pettigrew graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with a B.S. in physics, where he was a Merrill Scholar; has an M.S. in nuclear science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and a Ph.D. in applied radiation physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Whitaker Harvard-MIT Health Science Scholar. Subsequently, he received an M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine in an accelerated two-year program, did an internship and residency in internal medicine at Emory University, and completed a residency in nuclear medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Pettigrew then spent a year as a clinical research scientist with Picker International, the first manufacturer of MRI equipment. In 1985, he joined Emory as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow with an interest in non-invasive cardiac imaging.

Dr. Pettigrew's awards include membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the Bennie Award (Benjamin E. Mays) for Achievement, and being named the most Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Miami. In 1989, when the Radiological Society of North America celebrated its 75th Diamond anniversary scientific meeting, it selected Dr. Pettigrew to give the keynote Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture. He has served as chairman of the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, NIH.

NIBIB Directors

In Office From
Donna J. Dean (Acting)
April 26, 2001 September 22, 2002
Roderic I. Pettigrew
September 23, 2002  
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