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Molecular Imaging of Infectious Diseases: Current Status and Future Challenges
This daylong symposium showcast the latest developments in the field of Infectious Disease Imaging and featured a dozen or so speakers with cross disciplinary expertise from all around the country. It was held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. A poster session was held during lunch.
08:00-08:30a Light Breakfast
08:30-08:55a Challenges in Infectious Disease: Need for Imaging
Sanjay K. Jain, MD, Johns Hopkins University
09:00-09:25a Overview of Molecular Imaging
Dima A. Hammoud, MD, NIH
09:30-09:55a Molecular Imaging Tools for Cardiovascular Infection and Inflammation
Farouc A. Jaffer, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
10:00-10:20a Coffee Break
Molecular Imaging of the Immune System: Targeting the Host
10:20-10:45a Cytokine and Chemokine Receptor Imaging
Gary D. Luker, MD, University of Michigan
10:50-11:15a Translocator Protein (TSPO) as an Inflammatory Marker
H. Charles Manning, PhD, Vanderbilt University
11:20-11:45a PET imaging of T-lymphocytes Using Reporter Genes
Caius Radu, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
11:50-12:15a Labeling of Immune Cells Using Iron Oxide Particles
Erik M. Shapiro, PhD, Michigan State University
12:20-01:20p Lunch and Poster Session
Molecular Imaging of Infection: Targeting the Pathogen I
01:20-01:45p Optical Imaging Applications for Mycobacterial Lung Infections
Jeffrey D. Cirillo, PhD, Texas A&M
01:50-02:15p Imaging Viral Vector Distribution in Small Animals
Michael A. Barry, PhD, Mayo Clinic
02:20-02:45p Maltodextrin-based Probes to Detect Bacteria
Niren Murthy, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
02:50-03:10p Coffee Break
Molecular Imaging of Infection: Targeting the Pathogen II
03:10-03:35p PET Based Bacteria-Specific Tracers
Edward A. Weinstein, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
03:40-04:05p Anti-infectious Drug Chemotherapeutics in Animal Models
Peter J. Tonge, PhD, Stony Brook University
04:10-04:35p Use of PET and SPECT for Detecting Bacteria in Humans
Steve Cho, MD, Johns Hopkins University
04:40-05:00p Wrap up
Guidelines for posters
The poster boards will be 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide and mounted on stands. Your poster should fit on these boards and cover most of the surface. Thumbtacks will be available onsite for mounting the posters.
A scientific committee reviewed all the abstracts and the top 3 submissions from students were each awarded a $500 honorarium (funded through Ci3R-JHU). Government employees were not eligible for this award. In addition, one abstract judged to be amongst the top few was also selected for a platform presentation (in addition to the poster presentation) and will be presented just before the start of the afternoon session.
1. Winston Liu, University of Maryland, College Park, MD: A Novel Semi-automatic Algorithm for Spinal Cord Volume and Area Analysis in HAM/TSP and MS
2. Neil Mendhiratta, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY: Accurate and Robust Quantification of Hybrid MRI-PET and PET-CT Images through a Novel Joint-Segmentation Method
3. Supriya Pokkali & Ciaran Skerry (shared), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD: Assessment of M. tuberculosis PknD as a recombinant CNS TB vaccine
Guanshu Liu, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD: MRI detection of bacteria through endogenous CEST contrast