Social Cohesion and Medical Imaging
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Social cohesion is a worldwide grand challenge (OECD Perspectives on Global Development 2012). Growing inequality is widely considered to pose major threats to cohesion and integration. Health is consistently found to be crucial for life satisfaction (OECD Better Life Index) and, according to the Council of Europe, is one of the eight areas of life that determine social cohesion (Concerted development of social cohesion indicators). The Berlin University Alliance application lists health as one of eleven social cohesion issues (p. 65).
Funded by a grant from the Berlin University Alliance as part of the German Excellence Strategy of Federal Government and the States.
While the association of socioeconomic status (SES) with mortality and social disparities in health outcomes are well documented (Chetty R et al. JAMA 2016, Siegrist J, Staudinger UM (eds.), Gesundheitliche Ungleichheit im Lebensverlauf, Leopoldina Forum, 2, 2019), there is a need to explore the association of SES with the quality of medical care and effects on social (dis)integration processes. In particular, very little is known about the association between SES and the quality, timelines and clinical outcomes of diagnostic medical imaging, despite its decisive role in the care processes (Glover M et al. JACR 2017, Schrager JD et al. JACR 2019). Growing heterogeneity of our multicultural society raises new challenges and requires a better understanding of the interactions with medical care (Sohn & Timmermans Socius 2017, McKay & Timmermans JHSB 2017).
This proposal has two goals: 1) To connect a transdisciplinary team of researchers from the Berlin universities and non-university institutions in a concrete project analyzing social inequalities in medical imaging and the ensuing diagnosis and treatment decisions. 2) To identify promising avenues for further long-term trans-institutional and trans-disciplinary cooperation within the framework of the Berlin University Alliance.
Participants from University research institutions outside of Berlin
Participants from non-university research institutions
- @jpheisig , Twitter:
- @birgitpower , Twitter:
Current participants from outside academia
- and (PhD MSc)
Further scientific collbarators
21.05.2020, online pre-call team meeting
Fully online 3rd meet of the #FairImaging pre-call team of @BerlinUAlliance. We looked at the first results on social cohesion and medical imaging with partners from @HumboldtUni, @TUBerlin, @FU_Berlin and @ChariteBerlin. It is fun working with you. Thank you!
18.05.2020, Results of the latest meeting:
- The first preliminary results for the image data of about 600,000 patients from Berlin-Brandenburg are available and will be published soon.
- A full proposal “FairImaging” on Social Cohesion and Medical Imaging will be submitted at the end of the month.
Further important achievements: IRB approval, DSFA, beginning of data transfer integration.
03.03.2020 – New blog entry on patients perspective & fair imaging
Blogentries by @BirgitPower on the patients perspective & fair imaging give a great insight on why our project is so important.
Patient begins CT examination
Task Force 10 of #FairImaging led by Eleftheria Alevronta has started proposing categorizations of effective radiation doses for specific medical imaging.
#FairImaging presentation during Berlin University Alliance Workshop
January 27, 2020
The #FairImaging project was presented during the Berlin University Alliance Workshop by Prof. Marc Dewey (@ProfDewey) today. The picture is taken from the fish bowl of the workshop with Naika Foroutan (@naikaforoutan) from Humboldt Universität Berlin, Stephanie Schmidt from ZDF, Thomas Risse from Freie Universität Berlin, Martina Löw from Technische Universität Berlin and Rainer Haag from Freie Universität Berlin.
First meeting of #FairImaging consortium.
January 8. & 9., 2020
Social Cohesion and Medical Imaging Meeting
The kick off meeting for the work on Social Cohesion and Medical Imaging within the “Berlin University Alliance” took place on 8. & 9. of January in the “Window of Science” in the CCO at the Charité Campus Mitte. We are looking forward to the results of this promising cooperative project!
#FairImaging on Twitter:
#FairImaging project of @BerlinUAlliance started with a talk by Oleg Pianykh @ChariteBerlin with partners from @FU_Berlin @HumboldtUni @TUBerlin. @VogtVerena, @Birgitpower, @NinaBaur, @gersch_martin, @jpheisig, @NielsMichalski et al. Let’s reach for the stars! pic.twitter.com/UAb01EQaiS
— Marc Dewey (@ProfDewey) January 20, 2020
#FairImaging project of @BerlinUAlliance started with a talk by Oleg Pianykh @ChariteBerlin with partners from @FU_Berlin @HumboldtUni @TUBerlin. @VogtVerena, @Birgitpower, @NinaBaur, @gersch_martin, @jpheisig, @NielsMichalski et al. Let’s reach for the stars!