WMIC 2014 Gold Medal Award Winners

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Gold Medal Award
The World Molecular Imaging Society bestowed the Gold Medal Award to three outstanding research teams for pioneering work in the field of DNP-induced hyperpolarized MRI, for the introduction of new and novel hyperpolarizable agents with biological significance, and for advancing the applications of these agents for in vivo diagnosis in humans.

Dr. Zaver Bhujwalla, John Hopkins University, who chaired the WMIS Gold Medal committee, commented “The profound increase of sensitivity achieved by DNP of 13C substrates has resulted in exciting new advances in the applications of 13C MRI across a broad spectrum of disease processes with a clear translational path for applications in humans.  The significance of these advances was recognized by the WMIS through its Gold Medal awards to leading scientists in this field.”

The Gold Medal Award committee of the World Molecular Imaging Society unanimously voted to recognize the field of DNP-induced hyperpolarized MRI for the advances made in molecular imaging.The work from three outstanding research teams, University of California San Francisco, GE-Amersham, and the University of Cambridge was identified by the Committee as meriting the Gold Medal Award, and was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Gold Medal Award was therefore jointly made to the UCSF team (Professors Nelson, Kurhanewicz and Vigneron), the GE-Amersham team (Professors Golman and Ardenkjær-Larsen), and the University of Cambridge team (Professor Brindle and colleagues).

Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen, PhD
Principal Scientist
GE Healthcare, USA
Title of Talk: Hyperpolarized Metabolic MR – a new imaging modality for studying metabolism in real time

Kevin Brindle, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Magnetic Resonance
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Title of Talk: Imaging Response to Treatment and the Tumor Microenvironment with Hyperpolarized 13C-labeled cell Substrates

John Kurhanewicz, PhD
Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Urology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco, USA
Title of Talk: Hyperpolarized 13C MR -Translation to the Clinic

Please click here to read the article “MR in Hyper-drive: Introducing Hyperpolarized MRI & A New Era of Metabolic Imaging” written by Kathy Mahdoubi for Molecular Imaging Insight, which includes interviews with WMIS Gold Medal Award winners Kevin Brindle, PhD, professor of biochemistry at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Jonathan Murray, an electrical engineer and founder of Research Circle Technology; and Daniel B. Vigneron, PhD, a professor and director of the Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Article posted with permission from the author.
Click here to access the article on Molecular Imaging.net