2012 MIPS News

Tzu Yin Wang Awarded 2012 Dean's Fellowship

December 18, 2012
Tzu Yin Wang, PhD , from the Translational Molecular Imaging Laboratory (TMIL), received the 2012 Dean's Fellowship Award for her project on "Assessment of the Mechanisms of Ultrasound-Microbubble-Mediated Drug Delivery In Vivo in Hepatocellular Carcinoma," under the mentorship of Dr. Willmann .

Congratulations, Tzu Yin!

Dr. de la Zerda Adam Elected to Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Science and Healthcare

December 17, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Adam de la Zerda , on his election to Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Science and Healthcare!

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Dr. de la Zerda Meets NIH Director and is Presented With Early Independence Award

December 13, 2012
Dr. Adam de la Zerda met with NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, as part of the NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5) Symposium, during which he was officially awarded the 5 year $1.25M grant to support his lab research. Congratulations, Dr. de la Zerda!

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Mehmet Günhan Ertosun Awarded 2012 Dean's Fellowship

December 4, 2012
Mehmet Günhan Ertosun, PhD , a member of the Molecular Imaging Instrumentation Lab , has been awarded a Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of Medicine for his research project titled, "Novel Radiation Detector Capable of Measuring the Energy of Individual X-ray Photons at High Flux Rates". The Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of Medicine is a longstanding program in support of postdoctoral research. The fellowships are made possible through generous gifts to the school.

Congratulations, Mehmet!

Chinyere Nwabugwu Won Second Prize at IEEE BIBE

November 15, 2012
Ms. Chinyere Nwabugwu , an EE graduate student in the Paik Lab (Imaging Bioinformatics Lab) , presented her most recent research work entitled "Mathematical Modeling of the Interactions between Cellular Programs in Response to Oncogene Inactivation" at the IEEE 12th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE)in Larnaca, Cyprus. This work was done in collaboration with the lab ofDean Felsher and was partially funded by the ICMIC@Stanford P50 grant(NIH P50 CA114747, PI:Gambhir) and travel was funded by the School of Engineering and by the Bio-X program. Her work won second prize in the student paper competition.

Congratulations, Chinyere!

Dr Gambhir Honored With Distinguished Scientist Award from WRSNM

November 5, 2012
Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD was honored with the Distinguished Scientist Award for Distinguished Contributions to Nuclear Medicine at the 37th Annual Western Regional Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine .

Congratulations, Dr. Gambhir!

MIPS Reseach Featured on the Cover of the Journal IntraVital

Dr Contag's Research Highlighted in the New York Times

October 10, 2012
The article, "Laboratories Seek New Ways to Take a Look Inside " in the New York Times, highlights the research of Dr. Christopher Contag andhis lab's development of next-generation endoscopes. The new devices not only portray the surface of the skin, but also use a variety of optical and acoustical techniques to virtually "punch holes" in hundreds of cells deep within the human body, while using contrast agents to identify abnormalities.

Congratulations, Dr. Contag!

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MIPS Research Highlighted Again in RADIOLOGY

2012 World Molecular Imaging Congress Award Recipients

October 4, 2012
Congratulations to the following WMIC award recipients:

Celina Ansari - Travel Award, "Development of Novel Activatable Theranostic Nanoparticles for combined Cancer MR Imaging and Therapy"

Deepak Behera - Travel Award, "Radiolabeled Sigma-1 Receptor Ligand Detects Peripheral Neuroinflammation in a Neuropathic Pain Model using PET-MRI"

Matthew Bieniosek - Travel Award, "Novel Readout Scheme for a Sub-Millimeter Resolution PET System"

Sarah Bohndiek - Travel Award, "In vivo imaging of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering nanoparticles using a new small animal Raman imaging instrument"

Laura Bronsart - Travel Award, "The novel application of the luciferase substrate coelenterazine for imaging beta-cell mass"

Ellis Garai - Travel Award, "A novel rotational Raman endoscopic imaging device for early cancer detection"

Jesse Jokerst - Travel Award, "A Novel Strategy for Real-time Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy"

Aman Khurana - Travel Award, "Tumor Formation after ADSC implantation in arthritic joints"

Moritz Kircher - Young Investigator Award, "A Triple-Modality MRI-Photoacoustic-Raman Nanoparticle for pre-and intraoperative Brain Tumor Delineation"

Yu Kuang - Travel Award, "First demonstration of multiplexed X-ray fluorescence computed tomography (XFCT) imaging"

Jinbo Li - Travel Award, "An Activatable Near Infrared Fluorescent Probe for In Vivo Imaging of Fibroblast Activation Protein-alpha (FAP_)"

Bowen Meng - Travel Award, "Single-Scan Scatter Correction in Cone Beam CT with Stationary Boundary Detection and Compressed Sensing Based Reconstruction"

Hossein Nejadnik - Travel Award, "Detection of stem cell apoptosis with a novel smart contrast agent for MR imaging"

Guillem Pratx - Young Investigator Award Semifinalist & Travel Award, "A new method to measure radiotracer uptake in single living cells"

Laura Sasportas - Travel Awards, "Comparing gold nanospheres and gold nanorods as Raman molecular imaging agents for assessing tumor margins in orthotopic gliomas" & "Noninvasive Molecular Imaging of Tumor-tropic Cells containing Raman Nanospheres in the murine brain"

Adam Shuhendler - Travel Award & Poster Awards, "In-tumor self-assembly of a caspase-3-sensitive fluorescent probe provides cancer chemotherapy response monitoring" & "Whole animal, real-time detection of inflammation in mouse models with conjugated polymer nanoparticles responsive to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species"

Bryan Smith - Travel Award, "Intravital Microscopy of Inguinal Lymph Node Reveals Novel Cell Burst Phenomena in Lymphoma"

Thillai Veerapazham - Travel Award, "Imaging Histone Methylations by Optical Reporter Protein Complementation System"

Dominique Van de Sompel - Travel Award, "Improving Photoacoustic Tomography Image Reconstruction by Accounting for Changes in Water Temperature"

Marta Vilalta - Travel Award, "Radiation enhances tumor self-seeding"

Matthew Bieniosek Received NIH NCI Award

October 2, 2012
Matthew Bieniosek , a Graduate Student in the Molecular Imaging Instrumentation Laboratory (MIIL) and the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) , received an award from the NIH National Cancer Institute for his research proposal "Electro-optical Approach to Achieve Time-of-Flight PET/MRI for Cancer Imaging," (1F31CA171573-01).

Congratulations, Matthew!

MIPS Reseach Featured on the Cover of the Journal Stem Cells

September 25, 2012
The journal Stem Cells featured the work of first author Natesh Parashurama, MD, PhD , a postdoctoral fellow in the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Laboratory (MMIL) , on their cover. The article is entitled, "Remodeling of Endogenous Mammary Epithelium by Breast Cancer Stem Cells ".

Congratulations, Natesh!

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Adam Shuhendler Received Susan G Komen For The Cure Postdoctoral Fellowship

September 21, 2012
Adam Shuhendler , a postdoctoral student in the Cellular and Molecular Imaging Laboratory (CMIL) , received a Susan G. Komen for the Cure Postdoctoral Fellowship for his work developing PARP-1 activatable imaging agents to monitor breast cancer radiation and chemotherapy .

Congratulations, Adam!

MIPS Research published in Nature Chemistry is highlighted by Nature News, Scientific American, and other media

September 17, 2012
The research led by Dr. Jianghong Rao developed a highly sensitive and specific fluorogenic probe that can detect tuberculosis (TB) pathogen in sputum sample, providing a promising tool for rapid and convenient TB diagnosis at home.

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MIPS Research Featured on the Cover of Circulation Research

September 21, 2012
Work on large animal induced pluripotent stem cells from Mingxia Gu and Patricia Nguyen , both in the Cardiovascular Gene and Cell Therapy Laboratory (CGCT) , was featured on the cover of the journal Circulation Research.

Congratulations, Mingxia and Patricia!

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Ellis Garai Received Stanford School of Medicine Travel Grant

August 26, 2012
Ellis Garai, MS , a postdoctoral student in the Molecular Biophotonics and Imaging Laboratory (MBIL) , received a Stanford School of Medicine Travel Grant. Congratulations, Ellis!

Jesse Jokerst Received NIH Loan Repayment Program Grant

July 23, 2012
Jesse Jokerst, PhD , a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program , received an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Loan Repayment Program (LRP). This award is for work in tandem with the Canary Center's Early Detection Research Network program on prostate cancer detection and staging. Congratulations, Jesse!

Viswam Nair 2012 LUNGevity Career Development Award Recipient

Viswam Nair, MD, MS, a Clinical Instructor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab (MMIL) and Cancer Systems Lab, is a recipient of a 2012 LUNGevity Foundation Career Development Award for his project, "In-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics to improve lung cancer care."

LAY ABSTRACT: My goal is to improve medical care for patients with a lung nodule discovered on imaging scans by fusing currently available molecular imaging techniques with circulating biomarkers that can be detected in blood during routine lab testing. Thousands of solitary pulmonary nodules (SPNs) are discovered annually in patients, many during imaging for other reasons, and many are potentially lethal. Physicians remain uneasy about this development since these nodules could be cancerous and aggressive approaches that lead to unnecessary testing, including invasive biopsies and unnecessary surgery, are common. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging assesses the metabolism of lung nodules, increases the accuracy of a physician's diagnosis and treatment strategy for the lung nodule patient, and is widely used–but even PET remains imprecise. We therefore plan on investigating whether molecular biomarkers in blood can increase the utility of PET imaging in clinical practice. The concept here is "one-stop shopping," where a patient can obtain the standard of care in molecular imaging (PET) with a routine blood test during an appointment that will increase the accuracy of a clinician’s diagnosis and facilitate the appropriate decision making process for the patient. This could have a cost-effective impact on medical care for patients with a concerning lung nodule by not only increasing diagnostic accuracy but also by augmenting an outdated staging system used to classify lung cancer prognosis.

Congratulations, Viswam!

Dr. Joseph Wu Received a CIRM Early Translational III Award

May 30, 2012
Dr. Joseph Wu has been awarded $4.8 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in the third round of its Early Translational Awards to further his work in researching the use of pluripotent stem cells as therapy to heal damaged hearts.

Congratulations, Dr. Wu!

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Dr. Sharon Pitteri Received 2012 ASMS Research Award

May 22, 2012
Sharon Pitteri, PhD received the 2012 American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Research Award , at the 60th Annual ASMS Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The award provides funding for her work on microRNAs for ovarian cancer early detection.

Congratulations, Dr. Pitteri!

Wu Lab Research Featured on the Cover of the Journal Science Translational Medicine

April 24, 2012
Work from Dr. Joseph Wu's Cardiovascular Gene and Cell Therapy Laboratory (CGCT) entitled "Patient-Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as a Model for Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy " was featured on the cover of the journal Science Translational Medicine . Their work demonstrates cardiac disease modeling and drug screening with patient specific iPS cells.

Congratulations, Dr. Wu!

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Triple-modality MRI-photoacoustic-Raman (MPR) Nanoparticle Received Media Attention After Being Published in Nature Medicine

April 16, 2012
MIPS research published in the journal Nature Medicine showed that engineered nanoparticles homed in on and hightlighted brain tumors, precisely delineating their boundries and greatly easing their complete removal.

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Sarah Bohndiek Awarded AACR-Amgen Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research

March 30, 2012
Sarah Bohndiek, PhD , a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab has been awarded the AACR-Amgen Inc. Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research for work on photoacoustic imaging of ovarian cancer with targeted nanoparticles.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Prachi Pandit Received ISMRM Magna Cum Laude Merit Award

March 27, 2012
Prachi Pandit, PhD , a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program and member of the Cellular & Molecular MRI Lab has been awarded the Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for the 20th Annual ISMRM meeting for her abstract entitled "Gadolinium-based "Smart" MRI Probes for Enzyme-targeted Cancer Imaging".

Congratulations, Prachi!

Jesse Jokerst Received Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) 2012 Collaborative Research Travel Grant

March 6, 2012
Jesse Jokerst, PhD , a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program, received Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) 2012 Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG) for his project entitled, "A Biodegradable Contrast Agent for Ultrasound-Guided Stem Cell Therapy".

Congratulations, Jesse!

Steve Sensarn Awarded SCIT Fellowship

March 1, 2012
Steve Sensarn , a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Biophotonics and Imaging Lab , has been awarded a Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Fellowship for his work exploring the link between cancer stages and the expression of target enzymes labeled with fluorescent biomarkers.

Congratulations, Steve!

MIPS Research Highlighted in Radiology

February 7, 2012
The paper "Quantification and Monitoring of Inflammation in Murine Inflammatory Bowel Disease with Targeted Contrast-enhanced US " by Desphande N, et al from the Translational Molecular Imaging Lab (TMIL) was highlighted by an editorial "Science to Practice " in the journal Radiology.

Jung-Yeol Yeom Awarded Deans Fellowship

January 20, 2012
Jung-Yeol Yeom, PhD , a member of the Molecular Imaging Instrumentation Lab (MIIL) , has been awarded the Deans Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Congratulations, Jung-Yeol!

MIPS Reseach Featured on the Cover of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology

January 17, 2012
Work from the Cardiovascular Gene and Cell Therapy Lab entitled "In vivo functional and transcriptional profiling of bone marrow stem cells after transplantation into ischemic myocardium" was featured on the cover of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology .

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