Imaging Research Symposium

The 2016 Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research Symposium is open to all in the UCSF and scientific communities and features speaker presentations and a scientific poster session highlighting the innovative work being done in the department. A broad spectrum of topics are covered including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, musculoskeletal disease and cardiovascular disease. Information is provided on research in the areas of CT, MR, PET, SPECT, MEG, EEG, optical imaging, and ultrasound. In addition, medical informatics, and MR/CT contrast agent development are addressed.

The Hasegawa Award, honoring the memory of Bruce Hasegawa, PhD, recognizes the research of an outstanding Radiology and Biomedical Imaging graduate student or postdoctoral scholar, and is presented each year at the conclusion of the symposium.

2016 Imaging Research Symposium Schedule:

The 13th Annual UCSF Imaging Research Symposium
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
University of California, San Francisco

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Speaker Presentations:
1:00pm - 4:30pm, UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave.

Posters, Awards and Reception:
4:30pm – 6:00pm, UCSF, Millberry Union, 500 Parnassus Ave.


Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts:

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, August 5, 2016

Online Submission Site: (access limited to the UCSF network or VPN)

Abstracts are invited for the 13th Annual UCSF Imaging Research Symposium of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging to be held September 20, 2016. The Symposium provides an opportunity for members of the department to showcase their research and provides a forum for exchange of ideas and identification of possible collaborations.  It covers the areas of CT, MR, PET, PET/MR, SPECT, MEG, EEG, optical imaging, ultrasound, medical informatics, and contrast agent development. We encourage the presentation of work in all areas of Radiology – including both clinical studies and technical development – from all faculty, research staff, residents, fellows, post-docs and students.

Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words, and may contain a single figure. Highlights of the abstract, not exceeding 50 words, must also be provided. Abstracts previously submitted to external conferences are welcome, but must be fit within the constraints detailed above.

Participation in the Symposium has increased significantly since its inception in 2004. Increased participation has made the Symposium a successful and stimulating event, but precludes the acceptance of all submitted abstracts. The Symposium committee asks that each first author submit a maximum of one abstract, and that research groups avoid significant content overlap in multiple abstracts.

Accepted abstracts will be presented either orally or as a poster.  Notification of abstract review outcome will be provided by the end of August.

Certificates will be presented for the best poster and oral presentations. In addition, the Bruce Hasegawa Award for Excellence in Biomedical Imaging will be given to a student or postdoctoral researcher working in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging for outstanding work in Radiology, bioengineering, medical physics or nuclear engineering.  (There will be a separate call for applications for this Award.)

Contact Information:

Organizers: Peder Larson,, and Viola Rieke,

Accessing abstract submission webpage: Vivek Swarnarkar,

General questions: Katie Murphy,

Past Imaging Research Symposiums

2015 Imaging Research Symposium

The 12th Annual Imaging Research Symposium

UCSF, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Weds, October 21, 2015

Complimentary Registration and Research Interest Group Powerpoints:
Please sign in at the Registration Desk between 12:00-1:00 p.m. so that we may track attendance. Between 12:00-1:00 p.m. powerpoint posters from the department's Research Interest Groups will be displayed in Cole Hall.

Speaker Presentations:
1:00pm - 4:30pm, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave. San Francisco, CA

Posters, Awards and Reception:
4:30pm – 6:00pm, Millberry Union Conference Center, Golden Gate & City Lights Rooms, 500 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA

Note that links to speaker presentation abstracts may be accessed by UCSF employees with a Radiology password.
 12:00 pm  Complimentary Registration & Research Interest Group (RIG) Powerpoints
Cole Hall

 1:00-1:10 pm  Opening Remarks

Sharmila Majumdar, PhD,
Professor and Vice Chair, Research, UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

 1:10-2:50 pm  Oral Presentations (Session I)
Moderators: Michael Evans, PhD, and Roland Krug, PhD
 1:10-1:20 pm  Associations between Gait Kinetic Variables and Patellofemoral Cartilage T1ρ and T2 Relaxation Time 
Hsiang-Ling Teng, Nathaniel Calixto, Thomas Link, Sharmila Majumdar , Richard Souza
 1:20-1:30 pm  Kinect Body Composition: Assessing Clinical Metabolic Health Indices using 3D Optical Images 
Bennett K. Ng, Benjamin J. Hinton, Jesus I. Avila, Bo Fan, Leila Kazemi, Eboni Stephens, Viva W. Tai, Caitlin Sheets, Alka Kanaya, John A. Shepherd
 1:30-1:40 pm  Longitudinal Bone Quality Assessment in Patients with Type-2 Diabetes by HR-pQCT 
Pasco C, Dinh N, Link T, Heilmeier U, Kazakia G
 1:40-1:50 pm  Caged [18F]-FDG Glycosylamines for Imaging Acidic Tumor Microenvironments 
Robert R. Flavell, Charles Truillet, Melanie K. Regan, Tanushree Ganguly, Joseph E. Blecha, John Kurhanewicz, Henry F. VanBrocklin, Kayvan R. Keshari, Christopher J. Chang, Michael J. Evans, David M. Wilson
 1:50-2:00 pm  Noninvasive Measurement of PI3K Pathway Signaling in GBM and Prostate Models 
Charles Truillet, Sergio Wong, John T. Cunningham, Davide Ruggero, Jason S. Lewis, Michael J. Evans
 2:00-2:10 pm  Tissue Classification for PET/MR MR-based Attenuation Correction Using Zero-echo Time (ZTE) MRI 
Andrew Leynes, Peder Larson
 2:10-2:20 pm  Detection of Pulmonary Nodules by UTE Sequences in Oncology Patients using a PET/MR System 
Nicholas S Burris, Kevin M Johnson, Peder E Z Larson, Michael D Hope, Scott K. Nagle, Spencer C Behr and Thomas A Hope
 2:20-2:30 pm  High resolution DWI to evaluate breast tumor treatment response: Association of ADC changes with pCR 
Lisa J Wilmes, Wei-Ching Lo, Wen Li, David C Newitt, Suchandrima Banerjee, Evelyn Proctor, Emine U Saritas, Ajit Shankaranarayanan, Nola M Hylton
 2:30-3:00 pm  Coffee Break
Nobel Wall outside Cole Hall
Research Interest Group (RIG) Powerpoints will be shown in Cole Hall during the break

 3:00-4:20 pm  Oral Presentations (Session II)
Moderators: Peder Larson, PhD, and Susanne Mueller, MD
 3:00-3:10 pm  Triple-Negative Glioma: MR Features & Molecular Markers in an Aggressive Subtype of Low-Grade Glioma 

Javier Villanueva Meyer, MD; Byung Se Choi, MD; Matthew Wood, MD, PhD; Tarik Tihan, MD, PhD; Soonmee Cha, MD
 3:10-3:20 pm  Hyperpolarized 13C MRSI is a better predictor of survival than tumor size in treated GBM models 
Marina Radoul, Myriam M Chaumeil, Pia Eriksson, Aaron S Wang, Joanna J Phillips, Sabrina M Ronen
 3:20-3:30 pm  Hyperpolarized 13C MRSI can detect neuroinflammation in vivo in a Multiple Sclerosis murine model 
Caroline Guglielmetti, Chloe Najac, Annemie Van der Linden, Sabrina M. Ronen, Myriam M. Chaumeil
 3:30-3:40 pm  In vivo Measurement of Renal Redox Capacity And Renal Perfusion in a Model of Chronic Kidney Disease 
Celine Baligand, David Lovett, Lalita Uttarwar, Rajeev Mahimkar, David Wilson, John Kurhanewicz, Jane Wang
 3:40-3:50 pm  Novel RF Coil Design to Incorporate Parallel Imaging into 13C MRSI for Human Subjects at 3T 
Natalie Korn, John Kurhanewicz, Susan Noworolski
 3:50-4:00 pm  Real-time MR Thermometry Feedback Control for Prostate Hyperthermia with a Commercial HIFU System 
Eugene Ozhinsky, Vasant A. Salgaonkar, Chris J. Diederich, and Viola Rieke
 4:00-4:10 pm  A Novel Approach to Segment Neonatal Brain Tissues and Measure Cortical Folding in MRI with Motion 
Hosung Kim, Romir Maheshwary, A. James Barkovich and Duan Xu
 4:10-4:20 pm  Patient-Specific CFD Analysis of Flow Patters in the Jugular Vein 
Evan Kao, Sarah Kefayati, Farshid Faraji, Matthew Amans, Van Halbach, David Saloner
 4:35-6:00 pm  Poster Session, Award Presentations, and Catered Reception
Millberry Union

 4:45 pm  Presentation of the Bruce Hasegawa Award
David Saloner, PhD, Professor in Residence, Dept of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

 5:45 pm  Podium and Poster Presentation Awards - Xiaojuan Li, PhD, Associate Professor in Residence, Dept of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Closing Remarks
Ronald L. Arenson, MD, Professor and Chair, UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging


For a full schedule, including all scientific posters, go here  (links to speaker presentation abstracts may be accessed by UCSF employees with a Radiology password)