Reinforcing Inclusiveness & diverSity and Empowering MICCAI in Low-to-Middle Income Countries 

Why RISE? 


  • Researchers of under-represented origins (Africa, Latin America, South/South-East Asian, and Middle-East) who work in the field of Medical Image Computing and Computer-Aided Interventions (MICCAI) are barely represented in the community (~around 2% participation to MICCAI 2020). 
  • Strengthen the presence of minority researchers from Low-to-Middle Income Countries (LMIC) in MICCAI.
  • Build collaborative bridges across countries and co-develop international cutting-edge research projects in medicine with a wider global outreach and impact. 

Mission Statement

  1. Propel inclusiveness and geographic diversity within MICCAI,
  2. Strengthen the presence of minority researchers in Low-to-Middle Income Countries (LMICs) at MICCAI,
  3. Empower MICCAI researchers in LMICs,
  4. Pave the way for future research stars to rise in LMICs and under-represented communities, and
  5. Build a strong research network within LMICs as well as across continents and different parties to help reduce global disparities in health and imaging.

Become a RISE Member

Become a member of the RISE network to Reinforce Inclusiveness & diverSity and Empower minority researchers in Low-Middle Income Countries (LMIC) by filling out the following form:

 RISE member form


By completing the RISE membership Google form, you will join the RISE network and receive notifications about our upcoming free training programs/tutorials and summer/winter schools in AI, machine learning, deep learning with application to affordable medical imaging and healthcare in general. You will also be notified about events related to:

  • Networking: organizing events, hosting conferences, cross-continent collaborations, and more.
  • Research and collaborations: co-authorship in scientific publications, joint research grants, research lab visits, and more.
  • Clinical datasets: collection, curation, cross-continent biobanks, and more.
  • Mentorship: summer/winter schools, organizing joint workshops, training programs in AI and medicine, etc.
  • Start-up and entrepreneurship  

RISE 2022 Board Members

 President: Islem Rekik, Istanbul Technical University



 Deputy: Shadi Albarquoni, University of Bonn & Helmholtz AI




 Secretary: Ahmed Shahin, University College London




Public Outreach: Andrea Lara, Galileo University




 Industry Liaison: Charles Delahunt, Global Health Labs