2019 WMIC MIPS Award Recipients
September 12, 2019
This years World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC) was held in Philadelphia on September 4-7. MIPS had another strong presence this year.
We'd like to congratulate the following WMIC 2019 Award recipients:
2019 Young Investigator of the Year and Finalist
Congratulations to Aisling Chaney, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Neuroimmune Imaging Research and Discovery (NiRD) Lab, who received the 2019 WMIC the Young Investigator of the Year Award and Corinne Beinat, PhD, an Instructor of Radiology, who was named a finalist. One of the most prestigious awards at the WMIC, the Young Investigator of the Year Award, recognizes a young, next-generation scientist making significant breakthroughs in the field of molecular imaging.
Dr. Chaney investigates novel PET imaging strategies to improve the understanding of the inflammatory component of devastating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and multiple sclerosis, with the ultimate aim of enhancing their diagnosis and treatment. Her presentation, "Tracking the Invaders in Multiple Sclerosis: a new highly specific PET imaging approach for visualizing peripheral innate immune activation with higher sensitivity than TSPO-PET", is the first report of a highly specific PET imaging strategy for detecting pathogenic peripheral CNS-infiltrating myeloid cells.
Dr. Beinat's research includes developing new strategies for: 1) novel radioligand and radiotracer development for various targets involved in brain cancer, 2) preclinical animal models of glioblastoma, and 3) clinical translation of useful radiopharmaceuticals for early-detection of disease and monitoring therapy. Her presenation was, "Evaluation of [18F]DASA-23 for non-invasive measurement of aberrantly epressed pyruvate kinase M2 in glioblastoma: preclinical and first in human studies".
Congratulations, Drs. Chaney and Beinat!