Educational Sessions

In 2014, the WMIC completed a three-year comprehensive Educational Program in Molecular Imaging. Building upon this widely popular aspect of WMIC, in 2015, we expanded our Educational Program with several new additions, advancing the most popular tracts.

Click here to view recorded presentations from WMIC Educational Sessions 2012, 2013, 2014

Click here to view recorded presentations from WMIC Educational Sessions 2015


WMIC Educational Sessions 2016

In 2016, Dr. Danielle Vugts, the Education Chair, has put together an outstanding program certain to be valuable for investigators, both seasoned and new to the field. The Educational Program will launch with a special “Molecular Imaging in 2020” lecture, which immediately precedes four parallel tracks that explore Molecular Imaging:

  • Principles and Practices (CME)
  • Molecular Imaging in Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development and Toxicity
  • Hot Topics in Molecular Imaging
  • Professional Development

Educational Session 1: Instrumentation/Hybrid Imaging
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:00-10:30 am
Moderators: John Hazle and Adriaan Lammertsma
Description: The goal of this session it to highlight the challenges and needs for rigorous quality assurance in the acquisition and processing of images that are to be used as quantitative biomarkers. While the biology can be uncertain and the major source of variability, minimizing the uncertainty associated with the acquisition, processing and analysis of the image data can significantly reduce the total systemic error associated with the use of imaging biomarkers in cancer research and radiogenomics. The speakers today will discuss the impact of the acquisition/processing uncertainty and approaches to minimizing this error in quantification.

Presentation 1: Kinetic Analysis of PET Data
Paul Kinahan, PhD, Department of Radiology, University of Washington
Presentation 2: Quantitative Analysis for DCE-MRI
Ed Jackson, PhD, Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin
Presentation 3: Kinetic Analysis of Hyperpolarized-13C
Jim Bankson, PhD, Department of Imaging Physics, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Educational Session 2: Emerging Clinical Areas: Immuno-PET
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:00-10:30 am
Moderators: Jason Lewis and Buck Rogers
Description: The use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for molecular imaging is a well-established and widely used modality both in clinical and research settings. PET offers the ability to quantitatively measure biological and receptor-based processes using a wide spectrum of specifically designed radiopharmaceuticals. This session will focus on the design, evaluation and clinical translation of radiolabeled antibodies (immunoPET) for targeting disease-specific antigens. Specifically, a focus on new antibody-based platforms, labeling strategies, the translation of agents to the clinic and the ability to exploit the quantitative imaging data for patient management will be provided.

Presentation 1: When the Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object: Making ImmunoPET Work
Anna Wu, PhD, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Presentation 2: The Anatomy of a Radioimmunoconjugate
Brian Zeglis, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Presentation 3: How to translate your preclinical immuno-PET study
Danielle Vugts, PhD, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
Presentation 4: Quantitative PET of mAbs labelled with long-lived positron emitters
Mark Lubberink, PhD, Uppsala University

Educational Session 3: MRI-Based Sensors
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:00-10:30 am
Moderators: Mikhail Shapiro and Charles Manning
Description: MRI-based sensors enable non-invasive imaging of dynamic cellular and molecular processes such as gene expression, metabolism, intracellular signaling and neurotransmission. Attendees of this educational session will learn about the design principles of three emerging classes of MRI sensors based on proteins, hyperpolarized metabolites and chemical exchange saturation transfer.

Presentation 1: Protein-based MRI Sensors
Alan Jasanoff, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presentation 2: From Chemical Exchange to Molecular Imaging: CEST MRI Sensors
Amnon Bar-Shir, PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science
Presentation 3: Hyperpolarized 13C MR – Measuring Cellular Metabolism and Microenvironment
John Kurhanewicz, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Educational Session 4: Point-of-care Imaging and Detection
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 11:00-12:30 am
Moderators: Jonathan T.C. Liu and Wibool Piyawattanametha
Description: For hundreds of years, the accurate detection and diagnosis of human diseases has often relied upon time-consuming laboratory methods such as histopathology of biopsy specimens or traditional blood and urine analyses. The ability to perform accurate imaging and detection of diseases at the point of care, such as in an out-patient examination room, an operating room (to guide surgery), or even at home would have a transformative impact in patient care and the economics of medicine. This WMIC educational session will feature three pioneers in the development of point-of-care diagnostic imaging technologies and detection strategies. Specific topics include photoacoustic imaging (Lihong Wang), optical spectroscopy of tissues (Nimmi Ramanujam), and nanoplasmonics for rapid exosome analyses (Hakho Lee).

Presentation 1: Nanoplasmonic System for Exosome Analysis
Hakho Lee, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Presentation 2: Patient Centric Imaging Approaches for Cancer Prevention
Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD, Duke University
Presentation 3: Photoacoustic Tomography: Multiscale Imaging from Organelles to Patients
Lihong V. Wang, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis

Educational Session 5: Professional Development
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 11:00-12:30 am
Moderators: Alex Poot and Susanne Kossatz
Description: Becoming a PI and independent researcher is the next important career-step in academia as post-doctoral researcher. This transition however requires much more than “just” being an excellent bench scientist with a great list of publications. Besides the actual science you have to deal with matters like obtaining lab-space and equipment, hiring and mentoring people, grant writing, budgeting and administration, start valuable collaborations… and other less obvious issues.
In this educational session, three experienced PI’s will share their knowledge and provide insights on starting, building and managing your own research group. How to negotiate a start-up package for your lab, how to successfully manage your research group and how to protect your generated intellectual property will be key topics that the presenters will address in this session.

Presentation 1: Generating intellectual property and the opportunities thereof
John Frangioni
Presentation 2: How to Negotiate a Start-up Package
Julie Sutcliffe, PhD, University of California, Davis
Presentation 3: How to Run a Lab
Jason Lewis, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Educational Session 6: The Role of Industrial and Academic Partnership
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 11:00-12:30 am
Moderators: Michael Nichols, Justin Grant and Jinzi Zheng
Description: The Managers of Molecular Imaging Laboratories (MOMIL) interest group is proud to announce that the wildly talked about session “The Role of Industrial and Academic Partnerships” will be held at the upcoming New York WMIC. This session will again highlight both the benefits and pitfalls associated with the formation of formal relationships between an academic research institution and an industrial cooperation. Speakers for this session are representative of a diverse sampling of both academia and industry, providing attendees with a variety of different points of view and allowing for an in-depth understanding of the nature of such arrangements. The inaugural session, held at last years WMIC in Hawaii, was not only highly attended but the various discussions held afterwards throughout the entire meeting were passionate and intense, this year we will continue that trend and trust that all attendees will be talking about this session until WMIC 2017!

Presentation 1: TBD
Michael V. Knopp, MD, PhD, Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University
Presentation 2: Academic vs. Industry: as a researcher, should I aim at winning the Nobel Prize or becoming a millionaire?
Richard Zimmermann, PhD, Chrysalium Consulting SARL
Presentation 3: The History, Role and Scope of Incentives in Industry-Academic Partnerships
Jack Hoppin, PhD, inviCRO, LLC
Presentation 4: Advancing Interdisciplinary Research through Industrial and Academic Collaboration
Helen Lee PhD, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals