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Radiomics: Next Generation of Biomedical Imaging
Schwerpunktprogramm SPP2177

Welcome to the DFG Priority Program SPP2177

The Priority Programme (PP) SPP2177 is designed to advance the diagnostic and prognostic value of medical imaging by implementing “Radiomics” and advanced image interpretation approaches such as artificial intelligence and deep-learning algorithms in different clinical scenarios.

The specific aims of SPP2177 comprise:

  1. To adapt and implement existing image-analysis algorithms and/or advanced post-processing approaches for clinical and/or population-based research with proof-of-concept of clinical applicability.
  2. To determine the diagnostic value of “Radiomics”-based analysis and/or advanced post-processing of imaging data in different clinically relevant settings.
  3. To determine the prognostic value of “Radiomics”-based analysis and/or advanced post-processing of imaging data in clinically relevant settings.



SPP Radiomics Delphi Round 2 finished

In order to push the prospective application of next-generation image analysis in clinical scenarios, the Priority Program (SPP2177) has started a Delphi process to:

  • establish a consensus of how to define Radiomics workflow (reflecting already available publications as well as the current state-of-the-art and research trends) and
  • to identify the most relevant challenges, that hinder the application, together with strategies to overcome those challenges.

The results of this Delphi process will be published in joint publications of the Priority Program (SPP2177), to ensure a sustainable contribution for the whole community.

Here you can find out more about the achievements of the scientific team: https://www.dkfz.de/en/mic/index.php


Midterm Meeting 2021

The next upcoming event is our Midterm meeting planned for October 26, 2021. You can already look forward to great presentations!

Please find the agenda for the Midterm meeting 2021 here

Annual Meeting 2020

Since the start in December 2019, the Priority Program (SPP2177) coordinated by Prof. Dr. Fabian Bamberg, organized its second programm meeting on October 13, 2020, first time as a web meeting given to the restriction due to the corona pandemy.

More than 50 participants came together to share their first results and the current status of their projects. Beneath short online presentations of the running projects, new members could be introduced to the community. In additon, framework activities and measures of the first year and also outlines to future activities were presented by the coordination team. The meeting closed with an interesting talk on the medical information initiative and a fruitful discussion poiting out the high potential of joining efforts in order to advance the particular projects but also the entire field in biomedical translational imaging research.

The first workshop successfully held in Freiburg

On February 13, 2020 the first workshop “Medical informatics initiative” was held with more than 30 participants.

Given the clearly indicated need at the Kick-off symposium, the workshop was organized by the team of the coordination office at the medical center of Freiburg in collaboration with the initiators Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hesser, PD Dr. Klaus Maier-Hein and Prof. Dr. Heinz-Peter Schlemmer.

Main topics that were covered include general opportunities and challenges in Artificial Intelligence / Radiomics in imaging, the envisioned interaction in a joint-imaging-platform (i.e. DKTK or NORA), and synergies with the medical informatics initiative as a cross-project communication area. Several SPP project members joined the very fruitful discussions in Freiburg and it became evident that there is the strong need and high potential of joining efforts in order to advance the particular projects but also the entire field in biomedical translational imaging research.




Kick-off-Meeting 2019

The Priority Programm (SPP2177) „Radiomics- Next Generation of Biomedical Imaging”, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Fabian Bamberg, had its kick-off-meeting on 16. & 17. December in Freiburg with more than 60 participants.

The kick-off event officially initiated the program and served as a first forum to enhance collaboration and synergies between the 17 funded projects in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Deep-Learning and Radiomics in Biomedical Imaging. All projects represented a broad spectrum of translational research in this emerging and highly relevant research area. The framework of the SPP-coordination comprises a number of networking opportunities, workshops and gender equality measures also to support young researchers to foster the science along the way.

The program committee and project office look forward to the next three years of top-level research and to an exciting time together.

17 projects of many great applicants have been selected

We are privileged to announce that a total of 17 projects of many great applicants have been selected by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for funding in the next 3 years with the Priority Program"Radiomics: Next Generation of Biomedical Imaging".

Please click here to know more about the current projects and members.

Have a look as well on the press release.

Update to the decision about funding of the individual applications

The decision about funding of the individual applications is still pending but expected to be released by end of August 2019.

Poster session containing the 51 grants.

Review of the Priority Programme SPP2177

On May 7, 2019, several scientists in the field of radiomics were invited to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) head office in Bonn for the evaluation of the applied projects of the Priority Programme SPP2177 “Radiomics: Next Generation of Biomedical Imaging”. Prof. Dr. Fabian Bamberg, coordinator of the SPP2177, gave an introductory talk summing up the ideas and aims of the cluster, followed by a poster session containing the 51 grants for the first three-year funding period, which were internationally evaluated by fifteen distinguished reviewers. The decision about funding of the individual applications is still pending.


The second edition of the RADIOMICS newsletter has been issued in December 2020

#2 Newsletter

RADIOMICS first newsletter issued in March 2020

#1 Newsletter


Press Releases

Freiburg, 11.09.2019

Acht Millionen Euro für bundesweites Programm zu Künstlicher Intelligenz in der Bildgebung

Hochdurchsatz-Bildgebung und IT-gestützte Nachverarbeitung mit Radiomics und Deep Learning sollen die Aussagekraft biomedizinscher Daten weiter verbessern / Gesamtkoordination am Universitätsklinikum Freiburg

Ein neues Schwerpunktprogramm zum Thema „Radiomics: Nächste Generation der medizinischen Bildgebung“ wird durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) für drei Jahre mit mehr als acht Millionen Euro gefördert. Koordinator des Programms ist Prof. Dr. Fabian Bamberg, Ärztlicher Direktor der Klinik für Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie am Universitätsklinikum Freiburg. Ziel des Programms ist es, automatisierte Auswertungsmethoden medizinischer Bilddaten zu entwickeln und so neue Bildinformationen für die Diagnostik nutzen zu können. Außerdem sollen mit den Hochdurchsatzmethoden neue Möglichkeiten der personalisierten Medizin erschlossen werden. Deutschlandweit werden 17 Projekte gefördert, davon auch mehrere am Universitätsklinikum Freiburg read more.


The SPP2177 Radiomics Members



Project Management Office

Medical Center - University of Freiburg
Center for Diagnostic and
Therapeutic Radiology
Department of Radiology

Hugstetter Str. 55
79106 Freiburg im Breisgau

Phone: +49 761 270-39791
E-mail: spp-radiomics@uniklinik-freiburg.de