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Biomedical research imaging cell

​The Biomedical research imaging Cell belongs to the NeuroSpin investigation facility for the research involving human subjects. The main task of the team is to carry out the scientific research projects by recruiting healthy volunteers, managing MRI safety, collecting and archiving the MRI data and ensuring the operational follow-up of the projects.

Published on 28 April 2023
​The Biomedical research imaging cell ensures the operational functioning of UNIACT as the NeuroSpin investigation facility for research involving human subjects (French RIPH regulatory framework), from babies to adults, healthy or diseased volunteers. It is made up of paramedical staff (3 clinical research nurses, 4 MRI technologists), a medical secretary and an expert in communication and volunteer recruitment. It works in close collaboration with the Principal Investigators and other scientific investigators for the design and execution of imaging protocols, with the NeuroSpin Medical Director (David Germanaud, Head of UNIACT) and medical staff for the safety of the volunteers, and with its sister cell for the administration of biomedical research for compliance with rights and regulations. In close collaboration with the IT developers of GIPSI (CEA's central scientific IT facility), the cell has designed and adapted the GROOM and SPIROO software dedicated to the management of the NeuroSpin human volunteer database and the scheduling of all NeuroSpin imaging equipment, in compliance with French national regulations, NeuroSpin practices and IT security.

​Main missions
The cell manages research volunteers, including children from the first few weeks of life, as well as disabled and sick people, ensuring their safety and performing high and ultrahigh field MRI scans. It is also responsible for managing the database of healthy and sick volunteers (SPIROO software).
It organises the appointments and scheduling of the entire imaging platform (GROOM software).
The cell is also in charge of monitoring and archiving research data and CRFs in accordance with current French regulations.  Finally, the cell is in charge of monitoring the magnetic field exposure of personnel (SEyCHEL software).