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The European Network for Cell Imaging and Tracking Expertise has had a major impact since it was created in 2008. The research program has brought together 28 academic centers to promote the development of the novel biomarkers needed to increase the clinical effectiveness of MRI and other imaging modalities, and to hasten the development of personalized medicine.

But all's not well in the world of imaging markers. At last month's final event in Leiden, the Netherlands, there was a fascinating and broad-ranging discussion on the future of molecular imaging. Participants agreed that a new system for funding multinational clinical research on diagnostic products is essential. Read more in our Molecular Imaging Digital Community or by clicking here.

Personalized medicine has also come under scrutiny in Dr. Peter Rinck's latest column. He thinks it's arrogant of researchers to speak about personalized medicine as a new invention, because for centuries physicians have dealt with their patients in a personal and individual way. Get the story here.

PET/MRI continues to generate huge interest and controversy. At the recent RSNA congress, German radiologists reported that PET/MRI outperformed diffusion-weighted MRI for detecting lymph node metastases in the staging of head and neck cancer patients. Find out more here.

Also, the former president of the European Congress of Radiology, Dr. Yves Menu, believes PET/MRI holds particular promise now that industry is embarking on bold research and development programs. Click here to learn more.

The remit of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre in the U.K. is to investigate normal brain function and to study how this function is disrupted by the onset of diseases such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's, and schizophrenia. It offers a focus for physicists, bioengineers, neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and computer scientists to access state-of-the-art brain imaging instruments. To learn more about its work, click here.

This is only a small sample of our articles about molecular topics. For the full list, go to our Molecular Imaging Digital Community.

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