The 2024 HMTRC Workshop

2024 HMTRC audience

On April 4, 2024, UCSF hosted the 10th annual Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center (HMTRC) Workshop, an event that encourages the national and global expansion of advancement in hyperpolarized carbon-13 MR molecular imaging technology. The two-day workshop featured 39 speakers from 23 institutions across the US, Europe, & Asia, hands-on demonstrations and discussions of new technologies, methods, and software.  The 2024 Workshop had a record-breaking attendance with 246 participants from 44 institutions that included personnel from academia, industry, and government organizations.  International representatives came from China, Denmark, England, Germany, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and Taiwan. 

In the meeting’s introduction by department chair Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, he expressed his hope and desire that this event would accelerate the rate at which Hyperpolarized Carbon-13 MRI Technology moves forward, particularly into the clinical arena. Then Dan Vigneron, PhD, HMTRC Director with a focus on technical development, and Zhen Jane Wang, MD, Medical Director with a focus on clinical translation kicked off the symposium.

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Room full of people who are presenting poster presentations.

The Workshop was preceded by a day of pre-meeting events, starting with the HP Consensus Meeting where consensus members reviewed the survey results from the Spring 2024 Survey and revoted on survey items. This was followed by afternoon meetings for researchers and leads who work with pre-clinical studies, and another meeting exclusively for trainees, graduate students and post-doctoral scholars.

During the first day of the workshop, there were hands-on breakout sessions between the plenary talks, featuring hands-on demos and discussions on current technology, as well as hands-on software training and discussions.

Michael Ohliger, MD, PhD, of UCSF and Mary McLean, PhD, of Cambridge University and delivered keynote lectures for the workshop event.

Selected for the best UCSF HP poster awards were Jennifer Lewis, Tanner Nickles, Avantika Sinha.

The HMTRC is supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and focuses on the development and dissemination of new advances in dissolution DNP techniques and instrumentation, specialized data acquisition methodology, and analysis software for biomedical research.

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