Key Laboratory of Molecular Imaging, Chinese Academy of Sciences, incubated from Intelligent Medical Research Center of Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA), was established in 2012. After several years of development, the Lab adopts intelligent information technology theory and method to achieve a series of significant results in conducting basic theory research in molecular imaging, functional imaging, medical image analysis and processing and intelligent medicine, key technology research and development, popularization and application of research, training of professional talents etc.
Currently, Prof. TIAN Jie takes charge of director of the lab. Prof. DAI Jianping, vice president of Chinese Medical Association and foreign member of American Academy of Medical Sciences, acts as the director of academic committee. Prof. GAO Jiahong from Peking University and Prof. BAI Jing from Tsinghua University holds the post of vice director of academic committee.
In recent years, the lab has taken more than 80 research tasks, such as Special Project of National Major Scientific Instrument and Equipment entitled “Molecular Imaging Equipment by Optimal Multimodal Fusion of Small Animals”, 2 “973” projects as chief scientist unit, “863” project, National Key Technologies R&D Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), NSFC General Program (Key Program, Major Research Plan), National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, NSFC Projects of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Beijing Municipal Natural Science Foundation, CAS Main Direction Program of Knowledge Innovation etc.
Relevant achievements of the lab have won the second price of National Award for Technological Invention in 2010 and 2012, the second prize of State Scientific and Technological Process in 2003 and 2004 and Science and Technology Awards of the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation. Members in the lab have published over 120 papers in international periodicals by SCI retrieval, more than 100 papers in mainstream international conference. In addition, the lab has received 1 United States Utility Patent, 46 China National Invention Patents and 5 international patents declared via PCT. Besides, 3 United States Utility Patens have been newly accepted.
The lab has 1 CAS member, 8 professors, 11 associate professors, 2 senior engineers, 12 assistant research fellows, 5 postdoctoral research fellows, 3 visiting scholars and over 40 doctoral students and master students. Relying on Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists (CAS Visiting Professorship), CAS Fellowship for Young International Scientists Program and CAS Fellowship for Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars from Developing Countries, the lab has introduced 8 foreign experts, including Prof. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir (member of American Academy of Medical Sciences, Prof. Metin Akay, Prof. Mark S. Gold and Prof. Milan Sonka etc. By far, the lab has 7 members and senior members in international well-known academic organizations, 2 distinguished talents, 2 members winning CAS “Hundred Talent Program”, 1 awarded as “National Excellent Scientist”, and 1 awarded as CAS Hundred Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Adviser.
The lab has always been actively exploring technology transfer. The developed molecular imaging surgical navigation system has passed through safety and efficacy testing certification of medical equipment by State Food and Drug Administration and obtained the third type of medical equipment production license approved by State Food and Drug Administration. Clinical application of the system has already been carried out in domestic hospitals. It has been widely popularized and it has successfully achieved technology transfer and industrialization in Anhui Zhongke Biological Technonolgy Co., LTD.