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Radiology Research Day

2021 Research Day Agenda

November 23, 2021

See past Research Days: 2020 | 2019

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Welcome and Remarks from Dr. Karen Horton

Radiology Awards Session (Chairs: Drs. Bulte, Demehri and Nimmagadda)

  • Dr. Vivek Yedavalli (Physician Scientist Incubator Program)
  • Dr. Emily Ambinder
  • Dr. Ethel Ngen

Research Fellows & Students Prize Abstract Presentation Session (Chair: Dr. Edden)

  • Dr. Bahram Mohajer
  • Dr. Akhilesh Mishra
  • Dr. Shreyas Kuddannaya

Residents Prize Presentation Session (Chair: Dr. Solnes)

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  • Dr. Betsy Hu
  • Dr. Andrew Kolarich
  • Dr. Mohammad Sadaghiani

Latest advances in Service Centers  (Chair: Dr. Krimins)

  • Dr. Kristine Glunde – ‘TIMS/ToF MALDI Imaging in the JHMI AIMS Core’
  • Dr. Jeff Bulte – ‘MPI Scanner is operational’
  • Dr. Zaver Bhujwalla –  ‘Bargain basement prices for Optical-CT imaging and Endoscopy imaging’

New Assistant Professor Session (Chairs: Drs. Sgouros and Glunde)

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  • Dr. Tahir Yusufaly
  • Dr. Harrison Bai
  • Dr. Aline Thomas
  • Dr. Alin Shakeri-Zadeh

New Associate Professor Session Session (Chair: Dr. Barker)

  • Dr. Manisha Aggarwal
  • Dr. Jiadi Xu
  • Dr. Hye-Young Heo

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New Professor Session (Chairs: Drs. Fayad and Lu)

  • Dr. Jenny Hoang
  • Dr. Michael McMahon
  • Dr. Sridhar Nimmagadda

2020 Research Day


COVID Session (Chair, Dr. Hanzhang Lu)

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  • Dr. Tony Lin – ‘Detection of COVID-19 Pneumonia on Chest Radiographs’
  • Dr. Bharat Ambale Venkatesh - ‘Can Chest X-rays Predict Mortality in Hospitalized COVID-19 patients?’
  • Dr. Caitlin Tressler – ‘Pulmonary Immune Response in COVID-19 Infection’

Research Fellows & Students Prize Abstract Presentation Session (Chair, Dr. Peter Barker)

  • Selected Abstract #1 - Dr. Farhad Pishgar – ‘Quantitative Analysis of Adipose Depots Using Chest CT and Associations with All-cause Mortality in COPD: Longitudinal Analysis from MESArthritis Ancillary Study’
  • Selected Abstract #2 – Dr. Shaowei Bo - ‘Developing Azoles for Performing Functional MRI of Kidneys’
  • Selected Abstract #3 – Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma – ‘Metabolic Reprogramming by SLC1A5 Downregulation in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells’

Residents Prize Presentation Session (Chair, Dr. Lilja Solnes)

  • Dr. Anirudh Arun – ‘Cerebral Venous Congestion: A Novel Framework’
  • Dr. Sean Golden – ‘The Growth of Clinical IR: Increasing Interventional Radiology Evaluation & Management Charges Over Time’
  • Dr. Shinjini Kundu – ‘Beyond What The Eye Can See: Re-imagining Precision Medicine?’

Latest advances in Service Centers (Chair, Dr. Jeff Bulte)

  • Dr. Kristine Glunde – ‘Advanced MALDI Imaging in the JHMI AIMS Core’
  • Dr. Rebecca Krimins – ‘The Express Radiology Research Lab and Radiosynoviorthesis in Dogs’
  • Dr. Zaver Bhujwalla – ‘iThera MSOT InVision 512 Optoacoustic Scanner’

Molecular Imaging (Chair, Dr. Kristine Glunde)

  • Dr. Marie France Penet – ‘Photoimmunotherapy of Ovarian Cancer’
  • Dr. Sudath Hapuarachchige – ‘5D3-DM1: A Novel PSMA-targeted ADC for Prostate Cancer Therapy’
  • Dr. Catherine Foss – ‘Imaging Inflammation in Small Animals’
  • Dr. Laurence Carroll – ‘Caspase-based PET for Evaluating Pro-Apoptotic Treatments in Tuberculosis’

New approaches to Common Clinical Problems (Chair, Dr. Laura Fayad) – Prerecorded Session

  • Dr. Steven Rowe: ‘Impacting the Treatment of Men with Prostate Cancer Through the Use of PSMA-Based Molecular Imaging’
  • Dr. Atif Zaheer: ‘Making Heads and Tails of the Pancreas: Fruits of Multidisciplinary Collaboration’
  • Dr. Emily Ambinder: ‘Improving Access to Breast Imaging’
  • Dr. Robert Lidell: ‘Pancreatic Cancer: The Backdoor Approach’
  • Dr. Vivek Yedavalli: ‘Stroke and Stroke Perfusion Research’
  • Dr. Omid Khalilzadeh: ‘High Resolution CT Evaluation of Bone Histomorphometry in Patients with Metabolic Bone Disease’

MR Research (Chair, Dr. George Sgouros)

  • Dr. Michael Schar – ‘MR Techniques for Coronary Endothelial Function Assessment’
  • Dr. Shanshan Jiang – ‘Deep Learning Boosted Amide Proton Transfer (APT) MRI’
  • Dr. Hye Young Heo – ‘Proton Exchange MR Fingerprinting’
  • Dr. Georg Oeltzschner – ‘Advanced Acquisition and Modeling Techniques in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy’

2019 Research Day

Dr. Macura presenting at radiology research dayDr. Karen Horton

The third annual Radiology Research Day was a tremendous success.

Department Chair, Dr. Karen Horton, began with an introduction that highlighted spectacular new equipment being updated and installed primarily for research purposes.

The first distinguished faculty lecture was by Dr. Katarzyna Macura who gave an eye-opening talk on a vast amount of multi-disciplinary research and clinical work focused on prostate cancer.

dr. horton presenting at radiology research dayDr. Katarzyna Macura 

The keynote lecture from Dr. Daniel Ford was an excellent discussion of translational research that covered challenges in medicine and the need to build efficient infrastructure to best support faculty efforts.

Over lunch, the Turner Concourse was bursting with activity as poster presentations and judging took over the atmosphere.

In the Darner Conference Room, Core Service Centers displayed services available to all faculty both within and outside of the School of Medicine, in order to provide support for conducting cutting-edge research. The post-lunch series started with Dr. Shadpour Demehri and focused on his specialty in osteoarthritis imaging.

woman standing in front of poster at research dayIshu Sivakumar

Dr. Stefan Zimmerman discussed minimally-invasive cardiac CT and MRI imaging to diagnose subtle signs of abnormal function. Dr. Ferdinand Hui offered tremendous insight into strokes, the leading cause of adult disability and 5th leading cause of death.

The last distinguished faculty lecture was by Dr. Paul Bottomley who discussed the history and progress of measuring cardiac work and his own involvement which dated back to 1977 when he helped build the first MRI as a young PhD student in Nottingham. Dr. Karen Horton concluded the day with handing out awards for the 6 poster winners.

Dr. Bottomley presentsDr. Paul Bottomley (r)

With every conclusion a new research question can be asked and a new step into progressing medicine may occur. Being a leader in treating patients means leading in medical research.

The 2019 Radiology Research Day has revealed many conclusions and just as many newly surfaced questions, exactly what is needed to push medicine to the next frontier.



Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award

Dr. Manisha Aggarwal

“Looking into Brain Tissue Microstructure Using Diffusion MRI”

Dr. Steven Rowe

“PSMA-Targeted PET Imaging of Prostate Cancer with 18F-DCFPyL”


Preclinical Posters Winners

Ishu Sivakumar, Yelena Mironchik, Raj Kumar Sharma, Eibhlin Goggins, Noriko Mori, Flonne Wildes, Balaji Krishnamachary, Zaver M. Bhujwalla

Downregulating Glutamine Uptake in an Effort to Minimize Pancreatic Cancer-Induced-Cachexia

Caitlin M. Tressler, Hong Liang, James R. Eshleman, Kristine Glunde

Quantitative Detection of Gemcitabine Distribution in Mouse Models of Pancreatic Cancer using MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging


Clinical Poster Winners

Xinyuan Miao, Yuankui Wu, Dapeng Liu, Hangyi Jiang, David Woods, Moshe T. Stern, Nicholas I.S. Blair, Raag D. Airan, Chetan BettegowdaKeri S. RoschQin QinPeter C. M. van ZijlJay J. PillaiJun Hua

Whole-brain functional and diffusion tensor MRI in human subjects with metallic orthodontic braces

Vishwa S. Parekh, Katarzyna MacuraMichael A. Jacobs

General AI for Organ Invariant Mulitparametric MRI Tissue segmentation and characterization: Preliminary Results


Postdoctoral Fellows Research Award

The special session for Postdoctoral Fellows featured the three runners-up for the postdoctoral research award.

Dr. Akanksha Bhargava

Imaging Innovations for Cascular Systems Biology of Cancer

Dr. Arya Haj Mirzaian

Statin Use and Knee Osteoarthritis: Results from the Osteoarthritis Initiative

Dr. Michal Povasan

Comparison of Multi-Vendor, Single-Voxel MR Spectroscopy Data Acquired in Healthy Brain at 26 Sites


Radiology Residents Presentations

Clinical opinions and practical experiences from:

Dr. Matt Alvin

“RSNA Olmsted Fellowship - Insights & Takeaways.”

Dr. Derek Nguyen

“State-Mandated Breast Density Notifications: Can they be less ‘dense’?”

Dr. Nima Hafezi Nejad

“Bariatric embolization: Clinical Data from Human Trials.”

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