Campania Infrastructure for Imaging in Oncological Research (CIRO)


CIRO project aims to create a research infrastructure (RI) in the field of production and analysis of biological and medical images, which is today crucial for the success of cutting-edge oncology research and for the growth of the system social and economic connected to it. The CIRO IR for Biomedical Imaging will offer technological services capable of responding in the oncology field to a wide spectrum of research and development activities, from basic biological imaging to the medical image of humans and populations, with the ambition to constitute a point of reference not only regionally but at a European and global level.

The project is co-financed by the European Union, the Italian State and the Campania Region, as part of the POR Campania FESR 2014-2020.

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Priority Technological Trajectories

The objective is to strengthen the national research system through the pursuit of a strategy strongly focused on competitiveness and integration aimed at supporting growth, employment and well-being. Through the valorisation and strengthening of the scientific excellence of the national research system, we want overcome fragmentation and eliminate useless, inefficient and uneconomic duplications of technological specializations.

  • New diagnostic and molecular imaging technologies and development of microscopic analysis techniques for high-speed images with high information density
  • Development of innovative non-invasive approaches for pre-clinical diagnosis
  • Development of bio-markers, with innovative technologies and connected clinical applications also through the development of biobanks


The partnership involved in C.I.R.O aggregates multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, capable of satisfying all the needs of the project. The proponents all have a high propensity for innovation and consolidated experience of participation in industrial research and experimental development projects at a national and international level.

CNR IBP - Istituto di biochimica delle proteine, CNR IBB - Istituto di biostrutture e bioimmagini, CNR IMM - Istituto per la microelettronica e microsistemi, CNR IREA - Istituto per Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell'Ambiente, CNR ISASI - Istituto di Scienze Applicate e Sistemi Intelligenti "Eduardo Caianiello", CNR IAC - Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo, CNR ICAR - Istituto di Calcolo e Reti ad Alte Prestazioni del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR ICB - Istituto di Chimica Biomolecolare, CNR IPCB - Istituto per i Polimeri, Compositi e Biomateriali, Dipartimento di Strutture per l'Ingegneria e l'Architettura UNINA, Dipartimento di Medicina molecolare e Biotecnologie mediche UNINA, Istituto Italiano di Tenologia, Ceinge - Biotecnologie Avanzate S.c.a.r.l., Istituto Tumori di Napoli – Fondazione Pascale, Dompe Farmaceutica SpA, Biocheckup Srl

Work Package

  • WP1 Common Services
  • WP2 Technological Services – Cellular and Molecular Imaging
  • WP3 Technological Services – Clinical Imaging
  • WP4 Technological Services – Common General Purposes

Technological services

  • Superresolution and FRET Microscopy
  • Advanced Electron and Correlative Microscopy
  • Mass-spectrometry based Imaging
  • Raman Microscopy
  • Microfluidics applied to Microscopy
  • Holographic Microscopy
  • Single-cell-imaging-based omic analysis
  • Pre-clinical Imaging
  • Imaging Data Analysis
  • Development of tracers for imaging