Glossary, abbreviations and acronyms

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AI  Artificial Intelligence
ATMP  Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products
BBMRI-ERIC  Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure
BMS RI  Biological and Medical Research Infrastructures
BoG  Board of Governors
BoND  Board of National Directors
BPRC  Biomedical Primate Research Centre
C-COMEND  Competency-based course on Translational Research and Medicines Development
CAR-T Cell Cell Chimere Antigen Receptor Cell
CDRD  Centre for Drug Research and Development
CEST/MRI  Chemical Exchange Saturation Test – Magnetic Resonance Imaging
CORBEL  Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-Science Services
EANM  European Association of Nuclear Medicine
EARL  EANM Research Ltd.
EATRIS  European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine
EATRIS C&S  EATRIS Coordination and Support Office
EC  European Commission
ECRIN European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network
EFPIA  European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
EIC  European Innovation Council
EJP RD  The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases
EMA  European Medicines Agency
EMMRI  Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures
EOSC The European Open Science Cloud
EPF  European Patients Forum
EPND  European Platform for Neurodegenerative Diseases
EPTRI  European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure
EQI  EATRIS Quality Initiative
ERA  European Research Area
ERIC  European Research Infrastructure Consortium
ESFRI  The European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures
ESMO  European Society for Medical Oncology
EU  European Union
EU-AMRI  Alliance of Medical Research Infrastructures
EUPATI  European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation
EURIPRED  European Infrastructure for Poverty-Related Diseases
EVI  European Vaccine Initiative
FEAM  Federation of European Academies of Medicine
GDPR  General Data Protection Regulation
GSK   GlaxoSmithKline
HE  Horizon Europe
HESI  Health and Environment Sciences Institute
HTA Health Technology Assessment
HTS  High Throughput Screening
IBBL  Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg
ICM   Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière – Brain & Spine Institute
ICO Industry Contact Officer
ILO Industry Liaison Officer
IMI  Innovative Medicines Initiative
IMTM Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine
ISCT  International Society for Cellular Therapy
JTC  Joint Transnational Call
LAC Latin American and Caribbean
LoE  Letter of Engagement
LS RI  Life Science Research Infrastructures
LTP  Linked Third Party
MEB  Medicines Evaluation Board
MIRCen  Molecular Imaging Research Center
MOTBX Multi-Omics Toolbox
MoU  Memorandum of Understanding
MRCA  Master Research Collaboration Agreement
NC  National Coordinator
ND National Director
NeurATRIS  French Node of EATRIS
NHP  Non-human primates
NIBSC  National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
NIH-NCATS  US National Institutes of Health – National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science
NTNU  Norwegian University of Science and Technology
PAC  Patient Advisory Committee
PET/CT Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography
PET/MRI  Positron Emission Tomography – magnetic resonance imaging
PI  Principal Investigator
PMC  Personalised Medicine Coalition
PoC  Proof of Concept
R&D  Research and Development
RI  Research Infrastructures
RIS  Regulatory Information System
RITRAIN  Research Infrastructures Training Programme
SAB  Scientific Advisory Board
SMEs  Small and medium-sized enterprises
SOP  Standard Operating Procedure
TIA  Therapeutic Innovation Australia
TNA  Transnational Access
TRANSVAC  European Network of Vaccine Research and Development
TT  Translation Together
UMC  University Medical Centres
VHIR  Vall d’Hebron Research Institute
WP Work Package
WS   Workshop