University of Malta Magnetic Resonance Imaging Platform

University of Malta Magnetic Resonance Imaging Platform

  1. The University of Malta Magnetic Resonance Imaging Platform (UMRI) is a multidisciplinary initiative that aims to:
    (i)     promote the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in research and teaching
    (ii)    coordinate research time on University scanners
    (iii)   serve as gatekeepers to MRI data acquired using University of Malta scanners or during University of Malta scan time in the case of shared scanners
    (iv)   serve as gatekeepers to any other data entrusted to UMRI
    (v)    build and maintain infrastructure for securely storing data entrusted to the group
    (vi)   implement and update policies on:
            (a) the use of MRI scanners and associated data within the University of Malta
            (b) the use of University scan time in the case of shared scanners
            (c) the use of data entrusted to the UMRI.
    (vii)   actively promote good research practices including transparency and data protection;
    (viii)  ensure that the rights of human research participants are respected;
    (ix)    act as a platform for collaboration and funding for MRI research;
    (x)     represent the University of Malta in relevant academic societies.

  2. The Platform shall be guided and overseen by a Board appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the Rector and shall have the following structure:
    (i)   a maximum of 10 members which shall include, but not limited to, the following experts: (a) a radiographer, (b) a radiologist, (c) a medical physicist, (d) an active MRI researcher / data analyst, (e) an academic lawyer who will be responsible for advising the group on data protection and other issues, (f) a representative of IT Services who will advise the platform on technical issues, and assist in the implementation of data security measures
    (ii)   all members shall be affiliated with the University of Malta
    (iii)   members shall be allowed to appoint a single named delegate to represent them at board meetings in their absence
    (iv)   the members of the board shall select 3 members as the: (a) Chair - who shall be responsible for leading the platform, (b) Treasurer - who shall be responsible for the platform’s finances, (c) Public Relations Coordinator - who shall be responsible for coordinating public events
    (v)   the quorum of the meetings of the Board shall be 5 members
    (vi)   the Board will regulate its own procedures during board meetings, provided that every decision of the Board requires the approval of the majority of members at said meeting
    (vii)   subcommittees may be initiated at the discretion of the Board, these shall be regulated internally by the Board
    (viii)   The Board will serve for a term of two (2) years, after which it may be reappointed.

  3. Membership of the University of Malta Resonance Imaging Platform shall be as follows:
    (i)   all active researchers with an affiliation to the University of Malta shall be eligible to become a member of UMRI
    (ii)   to attain membership, the applicants require the approval of the Board. Such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.

  4. The University of Malta Resonance Imaging Platform scope can be modified after the agreement of two thirds of the board members and approved by the University of Malta’s Senate on the recommendation of the Rector.

  5. The University of Malta Resonance Imaging Platform will operate as a cost centre with the ability to raise its own funds, subject to the University's financial regulations.
Approved by Senate on 21 January 2021.

The Board

Chair
Dr Claude Julien Bajada

Members
Dr Ing. Andrew Sammut (Treasurer)
Dr Carmel J Caruana (PR Coordinator)
Dr Paul Bezzina
Mr Julian Bonello
Professor Ing. Kenneth Camilleri
Dr Mireille-Martine Caruana
Dr Kelvin Cortis
Mr Robert Sultana
Dr Ingrid Vella

https://www.um.edu.mt/platforms/magneticresonanceimaging