Cell Tracking

Organizer: Jeff W.M. Bulte, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate

Tuesday 6 May, Wednesday 7 May, Thursday 8 May and Friday 9 May 2008


Cell tracking using MRI is now widely applied to monitor cell delivery and cell movements. This course of four one-hour sessions is intended to familiarize those new to the field with the different available MR labeling methods as well as current pre-clinical applications. For those already working in the field, the latest clinical developments and issues related to clinical approval will be highlighted. The course ends with a more advanced session focused on MR-guided delivery of cellular therapeutics.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • List at least four methods to label cells;
  • List disease models in which MRI cell tracking is an important tool;
  • Recognize which clinical trials have been performed and what is likely needed for future FDA-approval; and
  • Identify what role interventional radiologists will play in the future.

      Cell Tracking: Labeling Methods and Techniques  
    7:00 Available Methods for Intracellular Labeling of Cells Hisataka Kobayashi, M.D., Ph.D.
    7:30 It's Not All About Metals, You Know (19F Is All You Need) Tillman Cyrus, M.D.
    8:00 Adjournment  
      Cell Tracking: Pre-Clinical Applications  
    7:00 Cell Tracking in Diabetes Anna V. Moore, Ph.D.
    7:30 Cell Tracking in Neurodegenerative Diseases Piotr Walczak
    8:00 Adjournment  
      Cell Tracking: Clinical Applications  
    7:00 MRI Cell Tracking: First Clinical Applications in Cancer Patients Jolanda de Vries, Ph.D.
    7:30 MRI Cell Tracking: What is Needed for Clinical Translation and Implementation? Adrian D. Nunn, Ph.D.
    8:00 Adjournment  
      Cell tracking: Monitoring of MR-guided cell injections  
    7:00 Principles of MR-Guided Injections Reed A. Omary, M.D., M.S.
    7:30 Real-Time Targeted Delivery and Imaging of Cells Aravind Arepally, M.D.
    8:00 Adjournment