ISMRM 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition 30 May - 05 June 2015 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Molecular Imaging
SKILL LEVEL: Basic to Advanced
ORGANIZERS: Kristine Glunde, Ph.D. & Mark D. Pagel, Ph.D.
Sunday, 31 May 2015
This educational session is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of cellular and molecular MR imaging. This course incorporates the fundamentals of relaxation and CEST, and MRI methods that quantify these properties; multimodal imaging including PET-MR and optical-MR imaging; cell biology applications, and detection and targeting of specific physiologic processes. The breadth of current and future applications for cellular and molecular imaging in medicine will also be presented. A session on the fundamentals and emerging concepts in hyperpolarization including pulse sequence design and molecular imaging applications are also included.
Medical physicists and M.D. and Ph.D. researchers with a specialty or developing need to improve their knowledge in cellular and molecular imaging concepts and applications.

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

  • Assess fundamental concepts and methods and future trends in the diverse field of cellular and molecular imaging;
  • Integrate effective practices of molecular imaging; and
  • Evaluate challenges in molecular imaging that may inspire new research studies and clinical translational activities.


Moderators: Robert Bartha, Ph.D. & Chris A. Flask, Ph.D.

08:30 Quantitative Preclinical Imaging: Strategies, Pitfalls & Alternatives
Chris A. Flask, Ph.D.
09:15 CEST Agents
Mark Woods, Ph.D.
10:00   Break & Meet the Teachers  
10:30 PET-MR Advantages & Challenges
Ambros J. Beer, M.D.
11:00 Optical-MRI Advantages & Challenges
Keith D. Paulsen, Ph.D.
11:30 Multimodal Contrast Agents
Xiaoyuan S. Chen, Ph.D.
12:00   Lunch & Meet the Teachers  
13:30 Molecular Imaging & Cell Biology
Chrit T. Moonen, Ph.D.
14:00 Imaging of Nucleic Acid-Based Therapies
Anna V. Moore, Ph.D.
14:30 Reporter Genes
Michal Neeman, Ph.D.
15:00   Break & Meet the Teachers  
15:30 Fundamentals of Hyperpolarization
Matthew Merritt, Ph.D.
16:00 How to Detect HP Agents: Pulse Sequences
John P. Mugler, III, Ph.D.

How to Use HP Agents
John Kurhanewicz, Ph.D.
17:00   Adjournment & Meet the Teachers