Sunrise Course:
Magnetic Resonance in Tissue Engineering
Organizer: Richard G. S. Spencer, M.D., Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 - Friday, 24 April 2009
07:00 - 08:00

This four one-hour sessions of this course will offer speakers who are basic scientists engaged in tissue engineering studies, primarily using MR imaging and spectroscopy approaches. Presentations will be followed by discussion periods.
Principal topics:
  • Brief overview of the field of tissue engineering.
  • Opportunities in tissue engineering related to the capabilities of MR.
  • Current specific applications of MR imaging and spectroscopy to the design and evaluation of engineered tissue constructs. This includes studies of tissue matrix, angiogenesis, and metabolism. Specific organs to be discussed may include cartilage, bone, liver, pancreas, bladder, and others.
Our overall goal will be to identify potential research opportunities in tissue engineering in which MR may play an important role and to encourage such further efforts.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Define what is meant by tissue engineering;
  • Appreciate the current status of the field of tissue engineering, including several of the products currently on the market;
  • Recognize some of the current approaches to development of tissue engineered constructs;
  • Describe the role of MR in certain current tissue engineering studies; and
  • Identify further opportunities for application of MR to problems in tissue engineering.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
07:00 Introduction Richard G.S. Spencer, M.D., Ph.D.
07:10 Tissue Engineering: From Research to Products Anthony Ratcliffe, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Wednesday, 22 April 2009  
07:00 Three Decades of MRI and MRS of Bioartificial Liver Jeffrey M. Macdonald, Ph.D.
07:30 Optical Spectroscopy of Engineered Connective Tissues: Mapping Molecular Components Nancy Pleshko, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Thursday, 23 April 2009  
07:00 Urinary Bladder: Imaging the Regeneration of a Dynamic Organ Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng, Ph.D.
07:30 Cartilage Development in an MRI-Compatible Hollow-Fiber Bioreactor Richard G.S. Spencer, M.D., Ph.D.
07:45 Better Cartilage Through Ultrasound Onyi Irrechukwu, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Friday, 24 April 2009  
07:00 The Bioartificial Pancreas, NMR and You! Nicholas E. Simpson, Ph.D.
07:30 Cartilage and Heart Valve Tissue Engineering: Working Towards Noninvasive Construct Analysis Sharan Ramaswamy, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment