BIRI Membership

Membership in the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute (BIRI) is available to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center faculty and medical staff with expertise to enrich the overall interdisciplinary research environment of the BIRI, and who have an interest in imaging, imaging-related research, clinical trials and training, and meet the criteria outlined below.
 

Requirements for BIRI Membership

  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching, educational and / or training programs related to imaging.  
  • Regularly attends and participates in BIRI sponsored seminars, committees and forums.  

In addition to the core requirements above, BIRI Members must meet all of the requirements for at least one of the following categories:
 

Category A: Affiliated Member

Candidate meets at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to imaging research through scientific productivity, as evidenced by 1) current imaging research grants from the National Institutes of Health or other peer-review agency or organization, or 2) within the past three years has submitted a competitive grant application and is a lead author (first or senior) of peer-reviewed imaging-related publication(s).
  • Conducts imaging-related research as a principal investigator of a Cedars-Sinai IRB or IACUC approved study or serves as a leader in extramural imaging related programs, and is a lead (first or senior) author of peer-reviewed imaging-related publication(s) within past three years.
  • A newly recruited faculty member in an imaging research field applying for independent competitive funding within three years of recruitment.
  • A faculty or Medical Staff member who holds a BIRI level leadership position and contributes to the research objectives in important ways that lead to furthering the research mission of the BIRI (research programs, committees or shared resources).

Category B: Collaborative Member

Candidate meets at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Conducts clinical research as a principal investigator of Cedars-Sinai IRB-approved clinical trials or accrues significant numbers of patients to such clinical trials (minimum of 5 patients per year).  
  • Is a principal investigator or co-investigator of a Cedars-Sinai IRB / IACUC approved research protocol who systematically contributes to the research as a key collaborator (for example, procures clinical specimens, provides diagnostic expertise, directs laboratory experiments etc.).

Membership Responsibilities, Benefits, and Application Procedure
 

Responsibilities

Affiliated faculty are expected to contribute to the BIRI through support of and participation in BIRI activities, and to:

  • Support the BIRI's mission, goals and priorities.
  • Demonstrate collaboration and interaction with other BIRI investigators and inform the Director and / or program leader of imaging-related intramural research proposals and extramural grant applications in which the member is or plans to be involved in order to better plan and implement programs and to document the BIRI’s research base.  
  • Provide the BIRI with an annual summary of research activities and an updated NIH bio-sketch (including all publications and research support) and list the BIRI as an affiliation on all publications.  
  • Participate in BIRI inquiries and research audits as needed.
  • Serve on program and review committees as needed.  
  • Provide information to BIRI on Cedars-Sinai-based imaging studies (including up-to-date patient accrual information and external audit reports) regardless whether BIRI shared resources have been utilized.  
  • Notify BIRI leadership prior to external research audits.

Benefits

Members may be eligible for participation in various BIRI initiatives including but not limited to the following:

  • Use of BIRI shared resources, depending on resource. Examples may include:
  • Imaging Core (priority of use)
  • Clinical Research Support (including grant and financial management, compliance and regulatory assistance).
  • Eligibility to apply for targeted funding, developmental funds, and interim research support as available or offered by BIRI.
  • Eligibility to participate in planning in program development.
  • Eligibility to participate in BIRI-sponsored educational seminars, special educational events and educational retreats.
  • Eligibility for marketing, posting and features on website and other activities as developed by the BIRI.
  • Eligibility to shared use of BIRI office and research space for BIRI-related purposes when appropriate and depending on availability.
  • Assistance with fund-raising activity for BIRI-designated program areas.

Membership Term

Membership shall have a renewable term of one (1) year and may be terminated by BIRI in its sole discretion for failure to meet the applicable membership requirements.

Application Review Process

Membership will be reviewed and renewed annually, based on membership criteria.

Initial and renewal applications will be reviewed by the Membership Committee, and recommendation for membership will be provided to the BIRI Director. The BIRI Director has final authority on approval, disapproval, or termination of membership. Final approval and notification to the candidate for membership and status will be provided by the BIRI Director.  

If you are interested in applying for BIRI membership, please contact taylor.christensen@cshs.org or (310) 423-7520 to request an application.