MIDAG 40th Anniversary

We are excited to announce that MIDAG (Medical Image Display & Analysis Group), a UNC interdepartmental collaborative research group, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To commemorate this milestone, MIDAG is planning a celebratory banquet on Saturday, October 18, 2014 and a day of talks and research presentations on Sunday, October 19, 2014. We hope you can join us on this important day to celebrate the history and future of MIDAG!


In the fall of 1974, Steve Pizer from the Department of Computer Science and Ed Staab and Gene Johnston from the Department of Radiology began UNC’s first interdepartmental collaboration in medical image computing research. We consider this the beginning of what has come to be known as MIDAG, the UNC Medical Image Display and Analysis Group. MIDAG presently encompasses numerous laboratories and has generated many hundreds of research papers and nearing 100 PhDs.

Arts & Sciences Magazine wrote a great article about MIDAG in honor of the 40th anniversary.

Medical imaging extends frontiers, aids diagnosis and treatment

Presentations for Sunday

We would be delighted to have you provide a short presentation on your recent medical image computing or computer vision or display work. There is no pressure to present, but your fellow participants would love to hear what you have been doing if it is in one of the  above fields. If some participants would like to provide their description of their work in a written form, we would be pleased to collect those in an e-book. If you are interested in presenting, please enter your contact information and presentation topic in the Presentation Sign-Up form.

MIDAG Booklet

We will be preparing an electronic and hard-copy booklet with then-and-now pictures of all invitees and a summary of your career since you entered or first collaborated with UNC till now. Even if you cannot come, we ask that you provide this when you update your contact information. The booklet will be placed online. Also, the hard copy booklet will be provided at the Saturday reception, together with a list of attendees to help you find your friends.

View video recordings of the talks

This page is password protected, so you will need to contact Dr. Stephen Pizer to gain access

Share your memories and photos

Please share your memories and photos with us so that we can look back over 40 great years of MIDAG research

Pictures from the MIDAG Banquet