The European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) research is governed by the ESPR Research Committee, aiming at initiating, driving forward and fostering excellence in paediatric imaging. The terms of appointment, roles and responsibilities of head of research committee are stated elsewhere (ESPR internal regulations, in preparation).
The ESPR currently hosts 7 working groups, “Task Forces”, representing temporary groups of people formed to carry out a specific mission or project, or to solve a problem that requires a multi-disciplinary approach such as for example establishing guidelines. These are: Child abuse, CT and dose, Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Abdominal (GI and GU) Imaging, Oncology and Post Mortem Imaging. The creation of an 8th group on functional imaging has been discussed, but at present there is no new initiative in this direction. Each Task Force is run by a chair/committee and composed of ESPR members. It meets at least once a year, during the ESPR Annual Meeting, and more often when possible. The results of the groups’ different ventures are published in the ESPR’s official journal, “Pediatric Radiology” and other relevant publications, and posted on the ESPR’s website (http://www.espr.org/).
Research underpins the goals of each task force, and is an overarching priority for the ESPR. The Society has established a separate group to enhance ESPR research alone: “the European Excellence Network on Paediatric Radiology” (EENPR) (http://www.espr.org/).
Moreover, in a continued drive to place research at the heart of its endeavours, the ESPR became a shareholder of EIBIR (European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research) in 2011. During 2013/14 a new paediatric imaging working group including around 25 members was established.
THE ESPR RESEARCH COMMITTEE (Chair O. Arthurs, co-chair Erich Sorantin)
The ESPR Research Committee aims to
– initiate, drive forward and foster excellence in paediatric imaging, paediatric image-guided intervention and radiation protection research, by facilitating the progression away from individual, local isolated projects and towards more evidence-based standards, protocols and multi-institutional collaborations, which can be used on both a national and international basis.
– represent the research interests of the ESPR at other fora such as EIBIR, ESR, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and joint ventures such as those conducted with industry.
Initiatives (as per 22.11.16)
1) Arranged research meetings / seminars during the annual ESPR congresses in 2012-2015, as well as a joint ESPR/SPR meeting during IPR in Chicago, May 2016. These particular meetings aim at
a. providing knowledge on statistics of particular relevance for imaging research
b. providing a platform from which to launch multi centre studies, and update on progress of those already running
2) Established the Paediatric Radiology Joint Initiative (EIBIR, the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research) (http://www.eibir.org/scientific-activities/joint-initiatives/paediatric-radiology/), arranged meetings at ECR, Vienna, 2014-2016. A meeting at ECR 2017 is planned.
a. Applied for EU-funding (Horizon 2020; a multicentre, multidisciplinary prospective study on Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, including 9 centres in 7 European countries. Unsuccessful, but part of the study has been funded and is ongoing, with collaboration across Europe.
3) Initiate and facilitate links between different institutions for new and old researchers, by exchanging contacts and experience (see under 2a)
4) Established a research fund (Guy Sebag’s research fund) for projects lead by paediatric radiologists.
THE EUROPEAN EXCELLENCE NETWORK ON PAEDIATRIC RADIOLOGY (EENPR) (Lead E.Sorantin)
– To initiate, facilitate and enhance multi-institutional, multinational research in paediatric imaging, image-guided intervention and radiation protection, in particular prospective multi-institutional clinical trials with their origins in paediatric radiology;
– To offer smaller paediatric radiology institutions opportunities to participate in multi-centre research projects;
– To generate greater numbers of patients in rare diseases/entities for greater statistical reliability;
– To share institutional research projects amongst partners of the network, thereby creating synergies, expanding project participation and promoting research excellence in paediatric radiology at European level.
1. Whole-body MRI and DWIBS for staging and restaging malignant lymphomas in children. Currently includes 10 participating centers, 5 in The Netherlands and 5 abroad. Inclusion officially opened from January 2009 and closed September 2013. Dr. R.A.J. Nievelstein, pediatric radiologist, principal investigator Department of Pediatric Radiology, UMC Utrecht.
2. Whole-body MRI for initial staging, early response assessment and restaging after completion of therapy in paediatric Hodgkin lymphoma. An add-on study to the EuroNet-PHL-C1 trial, in collaboration with the Dutch Childhood Oncology Group (Stichting Kinderoncologie Nederland – SKION). Inclusion is officially open from January 2012. Dr. R.A.J. Nievelstein, Pediatric radiologist, principal investigator, Department of Pediatric Radiology, UMC Utrecht.
3. CT Dose in Children. A multicenter application for an evidence based method of optimizing paediatric CT has been developed -the system is ready for use.
4. The “Imaging Chain” Measurements on what we refer to as the “Imaging Chain” have been obtained –> optimizing every step of the Pediatric CT – Scanning (from scoutview to image reconstruction). Several Workshops “CT Protpcolls Made Easy” were and are organized during scientific Meetings (ESPR 2015, National Congress of Radiology Austria 2014, 2015, 2016, Joint Congress German and Austrian X-Ray Society 2017
5. Multicenter Study for Optimization of IV Contrast Medium Injection in Pediatric CT. PI E. Sorantin. In liaison with EEPRN leaders’ activities in the CEEPUS Project (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies: 34 academic institutions: 25 medical and 9 engineering). Study is closed.