2003 News

Paper from Contag Lab one of the most often cited papers in engineering

December 9, 2003
Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators has selected a paper from the Contag Lab as one of the most often cited papers in engineering. ISI Essential Science Indicators from ISI lists highly cited papers in 22 broad fields of science. These papers comprise the top 1% of papers in each field and each year. The paper by Contag and Bachmann entitled, "Advances in vivo bioluminescence imaging of gene expression" published in ANNU REV BIOMED ENG (Vol 4; Pages: 235-260) was selected in the field of Engineering.

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Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir receives the Holst Medal

November 20, 2003
Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Director of the MIPS, was selected to receive the 2003 Holst Medal at a symposium on molecular imaging, organized by Philips Research, Philips Medical Systems and Technical University at Eindhoven in the Netherlands. In addition, he received a medal designed by Dutch sculptor Jos Reniers for this year's 25th anniversary of the Holst lecture. The annual award recognizes Dr. Gambhir's many outstanding contributions including innovative uses of imaging approaches to gene therapy. Gilles Holst, the award's namesake, was the first director of Philips Research Laboratories and one of the founders of the Dutch university.

Congratulations, Dr. Gambhir!

Clark Center Featured in SF Chronicle

October 22, 2003
Home to the MIPS and Bio X program, the James H. Clark Center is featured in the San Francisco Chronicle for it's innovative design which hopes to foster multidisciplinary collaboration to help speed up innovations in high-tech medicine.

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Christophe Deroose receives the Young Scientist Award for Best Abstract at Intl AMI Conference

October 3, 2003
Congratulations to Christophe Deroose of the Multimodality Molecular Imaging lab for winning this years Young Scientist Award for Best Abstract at the IMI/Hi-Res Meeting that took place at the International AMI conference in Madrid, Spain.

His abstract entitled "Small Animal microPET/microCAT Imaging Studies of a Tumor Metastatic Model" discusses multimodality PET-CT imaging of xenografts and metastatic melanoma lesions in mice. The tumors are imaged using FDG as well as a reporter gene strategy.

Congratulations Christophe!

Dr. Wu research featured on Circulation Cover

September 16, 2003
Dr. Joe Wu of the Gambhir Multimodality Molecular Imaging lab whose work on optical and PET imaging of myoblasts implanted into rat myocardium is featured on the cover of Circulation.

Congratulations Joseph!

Journal of Circulation Cover

Research done in the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab demonstrating the feasibility of monitoring transplanted cell survival in living animals using molecular imaging techniques was featured on the cover of Circulation. The abstract is entitled, "Molecular Imaging of Cardiac Cell Transplantation in Living Animals Using Optical Bioluminescence and Positron Emission Tomography".

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Shahriar Yaghoubi receives RSNA Research & Education Award

August 5, 2003
Congratulations to Shahriar Yaghoubi of the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab for receiving RSNA's Research Fellowship in Basic Radiological Sciences. The fellowship will help support his post doctoral research on using microPET for imaging cell trafficking in adoptive immune cell gene therapy of rheumatoid arthritis. This research will be done in conjunction with Dr. Fathman's Laboratory.

Congratulations Shahriar!

Ian Chen Wins 2003 SNM Cardiovascular Young Investigator Award

July 1, 2003
Congratulations to Ian Chen of the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab for winning this years Cardiovascular Young Investigator Award at the 50th Annual Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting in New Orleans.

Congratulations, Ian!