The official opening of the Clinical Research Imaging Centre (CRIC) at the University of Edinburgh took place on the 29th of October 2010 by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Chancellor of the University.
The CRIC was built over a period of nearly 2 years, and comprises state of the art facilities, including 3T MRI, 320-slice MDCT, 128-mCT-PET, Radiochemistry and cyclotron facilities and an image analysis laboratory, all aimed at improving patient care and research capabilities through a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian Health Board. The facility received vital funding from a large number of sources, including major grant governing bodies (Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation), the European Union, the Scottish Funding Council, the Chief Scientist Office as well as corporate, charitable and private individuals, with a total cost of over £20 million. It will support broad imaging-based research within the University and further afield, benefitting areas ranging from Psychiatry to Oncology and from adult Cardiology to Obstetric and prenatal assessment. The opening was preceded by a tour of the facilities, conducted by SINAPSE Chair of Clinical Radiology, Edwin van Beek, who had the opportunity to introduce the staff and demonstrate the potential applications of the various scanners and image analysis laboratories. After the tour, the Chancellor also visited other parts of the Queen’s Medical Research Institute and finished his visit with the official unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the event in the presence of a large number of distinguished guests, donors and staff.
[Note: As of 2017, CRIC is the Edinburgh Imaging Facility QMRI]