Today: Imaging Workshop and Prelaunch of the University of Liverpool’s new Centre for Preclinical Imaging

Imaging Workshop and Prelaunch of the University of Liverpool’s new Centre for Preclinical Imaging

4th September 2013, Sherrington Lecture Theatre 1 (311 on campus map)


During the next academic session, the University of Liverpool will be opening a Centre for Preclinical Imaging. The Centre, which will be based in the Physiology building within the Institute of Translational Medicine, aspires to provide all of the key imaging modalities currently used for small animal whole-body imaging. Apart from providing state-of-the-art imaging facilities for researchers working with small animals, a key aim of the Centre will be to collaborate with physical scientists, including chemists, physicists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists, in order to develop multi-modal imaging strategies, next generation imaging technologies and novel imaging probes.


11:00-11:15   Chris Sanderson (Head of the Department of Physiology, University of Liverpool)

         “Introducing the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Preclinical Imaging”

11:15-12:00   Harald Groen* (MILabs)

        “Preclinical in-vivo imaging modalities and their applications”

12:00-12:45   Pai-Chi Li* (Institute of Biomedical Electronics & Bioinformatics, National Taiwan University)

“Applications of ultrasound in small animal imaging”

12:45-13:30   Lunch

13:30-14:00   Philippe Choquet* (Dept of Nuclear Physics, Hopitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg)

 “Pre-clinical field MR in small animal imaging and its inputs to multi-modality work”

14:00-14:45  Michael Gyngell* (MRI applications manager, Agilent Technologies)

“Applications of high-field magnetic resonance (MR) in small animal imaging”

14:45-15:30   Freek Beekman* (Delft University of Technology and CEO of MILabs)

“Applications of computed tomography (CT) and the nuclear imaging technologies, single positron  emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) in small animal  imaging”

15:30-15:50   Coffee break

15:50-16:20    Francois Lassailly* CRUK

Applications of fluorescence and bioluminescence in small animal imaging”

16:20-16:50   Raphael Lévy (Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool)

 “Photothermal and photoacoustic imaging for cell and small animal imaging”

16:50-1715     Trish Murray (Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool)

“An overview of the Centre for Preclinical Imaging: current status; predicted timescales for    completion and installation of imaging platforms; information on how it will operate.”


*Biographies of external speakers

Dr Harald Groen Dr. Harald Groen is an application scientist at MILabs,  supporting  scientists using MILabs’ SPECT,  PET and multi-modal imaging devices.  He studied BioMedical Engineering and obtained his PhD at the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands on shear stress and atherosclerosis. After his PhD he was a post-doctoral researcher at the department of Nuclear Medicine, studying neuroendocrine tumors with SPECT and PET in animal models. In addition, he was coordinator of the Applied Molecular Imaging Facility of the Erasmus MC, a platform for scientists who share state-of-the-art imaging technology – like ultrasound, micro-CT, MRI, optical, SPECT and PET imaging – and molecular assays for studying biological systems.  As such, he has a broad experience in multi-modal preclinical imaging.

Professor Pai-Chi Li is IEEE Fellow, IAMBE Fellow and AIUM Fellow. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, Associate Editor of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, and on the Editorial Board of Ultrasonic Imaging and Photoacoustics. He has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from National Science Council, the 2011 National Innovation Award, the 2011 Distinguished Innovation Research Reward from National Taiwan University, the 2009 Distinguished Research Award from National Science Council. He was also recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Electrical Engineering: Systems in 1994 for his outstanding academic achievement at the University of Michigan.

Dr Michael Gyngell is an employee of Agilent Technologies and has the role of European MRI Applications Lab Manager at Agilent’s facility in Oxford. He has a distinguished career in MRI, contributing to the field both as an engineer & scientist, in industry as well as in academia, for over 30 years. He is author or co-author of more than 50 journal articles and many conference proceedings. He has also served on the board of trustees of the ISMRM (International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine).

Dr Philippe  Choquet is a Senior Lecturer in Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine, and since 2011, has been head of the Preclinical Imaging Lab, department of the Strasbourg University Hospitals. He is the author and coauthor of more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as more than 100 oral and poster communications in national and international meetings in the field of low field MRI, MR elastography, NMR/MRI of hyperpolarized gases, tomographic reconstruction, small animal scintigraphy and µ

Professor Freek Beekman is head of the section Radiation, Detection & Medical Imaging at Delft University of Technology. He has (co-)authored more than 100 peer reviewed journal papers, several book chapters and over 20 patent applications and was presented with several national & international awards for his scientific contributions to biomedical imaging. His research interest includes development of detectors, image reconstruction for SPECT, PET, X-ray CT & hybrid imaging devices. Freek is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Biomedical Imaging and Physics in Medicine & Biology. He is also the founder and CEO of Molecular Imaging Laboratories ( that markets systems with an unsurpassed spatial and temporal resolution. Recently, MILabs received the Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation Award for VECTor, the first system that performs SPECT and PET imaging simultaneously at sub-mm resolution level.

Dr Francois Lassailly is head of the In Vivo Imaging Facility at the London Research Institute – Cancer Research UK, which he started to develop in 2007. After an initial training in Immunology and Cellular Engineering Francois worked for 7 years in different academic and private Cell Therapy laboratories. He then had the opportunity to develop Patient Derived Xenograft models of human leukaemia and to manage the Tumour Biobank of the Paoli Calmettes Institute (regional cancer centre of Marseille, France). He did his PhD at the London Research Institute (LRI – CRUK), working on multimodal and multiscale optical imaging of haematopoietic stem cell niches in the bone marrow during which he initiated the core in vivo imaging activity by implanting 3 imaging modalities. In 2010 he received his PhD and was directly hired by the institute to lead and develop the In Vivo Imaging Facility which is now offering whole body optical imaging (fluorescence and bioluminescence), intravital microscopy, x-ray microCT and high resolution ultrasound. He is now becoming involved with the development of the in vivo imaging facility for the new Francis Crick Institute, which is to open in 2015.


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