MSBIR brain scan image

Multiple sclerosis global image database hits major milestones

30 May 2023
The world’s largest repository of multiple sclerosis MRI scans shows no signs of slowing down
Two years ago, the computational neuroimaging team started the MSBase Imaging Repository (MSBIR) that now acts as a global neuroimmunology registry containing over 89,000 MS patient records from 166 clinics in 42 countries around the world.

The computational neuroimaging team led the development of the MSBase Imaging Repository (MSBIR), complementing MSBase, a global clinical registry for MS data, with a cloud-based imaging repository to accelerate clinical-imaging research in the field.

Working with industry partner Sydney Neuroimaging Analysis Centre, the team has now integrated cutting edge AI technology with MSBIR, providing researchers with real-time imaging analytics for scans uploaded to the repository.

Lead investigator Professor Michael Barnett

MSBIR is the fruition of a longstanding multidisciplinary collaboration between clinicians, imaging scientists and AI engineers. The incorporation of AI-based quantitative tools will propel global, real-world MS research to new heights.
Lead investigator Professor Michael Barnett

Brain MRI scans are critically important for both the diagnosis and monitoring of chronic neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Through advancements in AI technology, this repository is accessible to clinicans worldwide.  

MSBase is a global neuroimmunology registry containing over 89,000 MS patient records from 166 clinics in 42 countries around the world. The repository currently houses >20,000 MRI scans and with an expansion to 7 countries planned by the end of 2023, MSBIR will also provide fertile ground for developing novel AI-based prognostic tools that can be translated for clinical use. 

With cloud repositories in Australia, the United States and Germany, MSBIR is set to transform real-world MS research at scale. 

Worldwide Impact


The database is already being utilised for future collaborations with Professor Robert Zivadinov, Professor of Neurology and Radiology at the University of Buffalo to gain understanding into the progression of multiple sclerosis.

Your team should be applauded for the enormous work being done regarding MSBIR initiative. It really looks amazing and there is so much potential for future collaboration.
Professor Robert Zivadinov

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To read more about the the MSBase Imaging Repository (MSBIR) click here.