An essential prerequisite of modern life-science R&D is a high quality of the research data. By enabling the reuse of research assets, research becomes considerably more efficient and economical. This can only be achieved reliably and efficiently if these are generated according to standards and Standard-Operating-Procedures (SOPs).
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as deployed in routine clinical use has traditionally made use of qualitative approaches. Such approaches are simple and powerful but lack both clinical specificity and consistency in contrast between images acquired on different scanners at different times. This effect is noticeable between different timepoints on individual scanners at a single institution. This is problematic for larger studies such as clinical trials and training artificial intelligence.
The South East European International Institute for Sustainable Technologies (SEEIIST) is project proposed in 2016 by Prof. Herwig Schopper, a former Director General of CERN. After gaining first political support by the Government of Montenegro in March 2017, the Declaration of Intent was signed in October 2017 at CERN, so the Initiative was transformed into a Regional project gathering following Parties: Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Bulgaria, Kosovo*, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia and Republic of Slovenia.
The 4th Global Forum was based upon the work that was accomplished at the 1st Global Forum in Bangkok in 2010, the 2nd in Geneva in 2013, and the 3rd also in Geneva in 2017. The most recent 4th Global Forum was attended by approximately 1261 participants from over 90 Member States. These events function as the main opportunity to disseminate and share information on medical devices for global health.