Previous SAI Seminars


Date:  Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2014
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Seminar Title: Contrast and Conquer: Gold and X-Rays from Vascular Visualization to Curing Cancer
Speaker:  Richard Powell, Ph.D., Research Director, Nanoprobes, Inc.
Location: BRIC conference, (Medical Research D Building, BRIC Facility building)

Date:  Tuesday, October, 14th, 2014
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Seminar Title: Developing the right PET agents for targeted imaging
Speaker:  Zibo Li, Ph.D, Director, Radiochemistry and Cyclotron Facility at BRIC, UNC
Location: Marsico Hall, Room 2004 (conference room)

Date:  Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Seminar Title: New Approaches for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy
Speaker:  Tamara Branca, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, BRIC, UNC
Location: Marsico Hall, Room 2004 (conference room)


Seminar Title: Contrast enhanced ultrasound imaging and its role in preclinical biomedical research
Speaker:  Paul Dayton, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, UNC
Date:  Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Location: Marsico Hall, Room 6004 (conference room)

Seminar Title: New Development on microCT Imaging
Rasesh Kapadia, President, Scanco USA, Inc.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Marsico Hall, Room 3004 (conference room)

Seminar Title: Developing Stem Cell Drug Carriers for Cancer Therapy
Speaker:  Shawn Hingtgen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Biomedical Research Imaging Center
Date:  Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Location: Marsico Hall, Room 2004 (conference room)
Dr. Hingtgen’ s lab focuses on developing stem cell-based therapeutic methodology for cancer treatments.  Their group has utilized extensively non-invasive imaging methods in stem cell research, particularly, optical imaging including both bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging.  Dr. Hingtgen will talk to us his research on developing stem cell drug carriers, and how optical imaging has been incorporated in the various stages of the study as an important research tool.


Seminar Title: Small Animal Imaging with the LI-COR Pearl Trilogy: Sensitive Detection of Near-IR Fluorescence and Bioluminescence
Speaker:  Janeen L. Vanhooke, Ph.D., Li-Cor Biosciences
Date:  February 23rd, Tuesday, 2016
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Location: Marsico Hall, Room 4004 (conference room)
Abstract: Janeen Vanhooke from Li-Cor will give a talk mainly focusing on near-infrared fluorescence imaging, which provides much deeper tissue penetration and low auto-fluorescence artifacts.

Date:  Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Seminar Title: Preclinical imaging with new cryogen-free superconducting MRI: Multi-modality opportunities and challenges
Speaker:  Gilberto Prudencio, President, MR Solutions Americas
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Location: Marsico Hall, Room 3004 (conference room)

Date:  Tuesday, March 22th, 2016
Seminar Title:
High-end Solutions for Quantitative Translational PET Imaging: PET/CT & PET/MRI
Speaker:  Illes Muller, Mediso USA
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Location: Marsico Hall, Room 3004 (conference room)

Date:  Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Seminar Title:
 In vivo multi-modality imaging of disease and therapy: Optical, microCT, and PET imaging
Speaker:  Vivek R. Shinde Patil, PhD, Senior Manager, Preclinical Technical Applications
Time:  1:00-2:00 PM
Location: Marsico Hall, Room 4004 (conference room)
Abstarct: The seminar will be mainly focusing on optical imaging.   Dr. Patil from PerkinElmer will give us updates on the optical imaging and other preclinical imaging techniques.  As many of you have been using the IVIS optical imaging systems in our facility, it will be interesting to find out what are the new technologies and multimodality imaging options available now to researchers.   In addition, we will be hearing how these technologies can be efficiently applied to various research fields, including oncology, infectious disease, neurobiology, stem cell and transplantation research, cardiovascular disease, gene therapy, etc.  Dr Patil has years of experiences on preclinical optical imaging and imaging probes, if you have any questions on using the IVIS optical system, this will be a good chance to talk to him.

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 1-2pm
Location: Marsico Hall, room 2004
Title: Image-guided Radiation on Small Animals: Getting the Most Relevant Results on Preclinical Models
Speaker: Adrian Treverton, COO of Xstrahl, LTD
Seminar abstract: Effective translation of novel treatment methods requires rigorous pre-clinical studies and evaluation, however, until recently, the nonexistence of small, rodent sized modern radiation therapy equipment has presented a serious impediment to the progress of radiation oncology research. Many pre-clinical studies simply have not been conducted because the necessary technology, such as conformal irradiation and image guidance, did not exist to provide laboratory animals irradiation conditions that parallel those of the modern clinic. The seminar will be exploring how image guided small animal radiation with the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP)- can transform pre-clinical radiation research.

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, 1-2pm
Location: Marsico Hall, room 5004

Title: Explore the Possibilities With Magnetic Particle Imaging
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Goodwill, CTO of Magnetic Insight

Join us for a presentation on the newest molecular imaging technology since PET. The team from Magnetic Insight will present on the basics of MPI and application data providing unique solutions in:

  • Cell Tracking Models
  • Functional Tumor Imaging
  • Localized Hyperthermic & Theranostic Imaging
  • Functional Vascular Imaging

Unlike Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is a unique, ultra-sensitive, high resolution molecular imaging approach that measures the magnetic fields generated by iron oxide labeled nanoparticles to form tomographic images.  MPI harnesses the flexibility of iron oxide nanoparticles to label cells, as targeted probes, or freely flowing through the vasculature.

(Coffee and snacks will be served)
MPI seminar


Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016  
 1:00-2:00 pm
 Marsico Hall, room 2004

Title:  Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography (MSOT) In Vivo Imaging: Principles and Applications

Speaker:  Clinton Hupple, Application Scientist, iTheraMedical

Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography (MSOT) is a powerful new molecular imaging technology which combines high-resolution real-time ultrasound detection with the versatile specificity of optical contrast, thus giving information about physiological processes in vivo at a molecular and cellular level. Uniquely, it provides the capacity to detect either endogenous signals of interest such as oxy-/deoxy-hemoglobin  or tissue contrast from exogenously administered agents including nanoparticles and fluorescent dyes or proteins. This presentation will focus on technical development and imaging applications in the following area:

  • Oncology applications
  • Particle biodistribution applications
  • Whole body imaging
  • High resolution raster scanning optoacoustic mesoscopy (RSOM) imaging