Purpose: There is an annual incidence of 50,000 glioma cases in Europe. The optimal treatment strategy is highly personalised, depending on tumour type, grade, spatial localization, and the degree of tissue infiltration. In research settings, advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has shown great promise as a tool to inform personalised treatment decisions. However, the use of advanced MRI in clinical practice remains scarce due to the downstream effects of siloed glioma imaging research with limited representation of MRI specialists in established consortia; and the associated lack of available tools and expertise in clinical settings. These shortcomings delay the translation of scientific breakthroughs into novel treatment strategy. As a response we have developed the network “Glioma MR Imaging 2.0” (GliMR) which we present in this article. Methods: GliMR aims to build a pan-European and multidisciplinary network of experts and accelerate the use of advanced MRI in glioma beyond the current “state-of-the-art” in glioma imaging. The Action Glioma MR Imaging 2.0 (GliMR) was granted funding by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) in June 2019. Results: GliMR’s first grant period ran from September 2019 to April 2020, during which several meetings were held and projects were initiated, such as reviewing the current knowledge on advanced MRI; developing a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant consent form; and setting up the website. Conclusion: The Action overcomes the pre-existing limitations of glioma research and is funded until September 2023. New members will be accepted during its entire duration.

Advanced MRI, COST action, Glioma, Multi-disciplinary, Networking, Translational research
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40846-020-00582-z, hdl.handle.net/1765/132345
Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering
Department of Radiology

Clement, P. (Patricia), Booth, T. (Thomas), Borovecki, F, Emblem, K.E. (Kyrre E.), Figueiredo, P. (Patrícia), Hirschler, L. (Lydiane), … Warnert, E.A.H. (Esther A. H.). (2020). GliMR: Cross-Border Collaborations to Promote Advanced MRI Biomarkers for Glioma. Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering. doi:10.1007/s40846-020-00582-z