MEDAMI 2022 - Multimodality molecular neuro-imaging: clinical and technical state-of-the-art

James Cook (Portorož)

James Cook


Obala 33, 6320 Portorož

VII. Mediterranean Thematic Workshop in Advanced Molecular Imaging, Portorož, Slovenia, 5-7 September, 2022

Following the series of previously conducted symposia on dedicated medical imaging instrumentation and applications, we are presently organizing the 7th issue of this event in Portorož, Slovenia.  Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemics,  the workshop  has been postponed twice. We hope to meet you in-person this year.

The MEDAMI workshops are unique in that they address a medical imaging topic from the medical, clinical, and instrumentation perspective. They foster synergistic interactions between cutting edge applications and latest technical developments. Stakeholders from academia, medical institutions and organizations, regulatory agencies, and industry have an opportunity to jointly discuss strategic directions of the medical imaging field.

Some of the key topics this year’s forum shall address are:

  • Brain Imaging in research and clinics status and next frontiers
  • Multimodality imaging advances in the context of understanding brain function in health and disease: neurodegeneration / dementia / brain trauma / psychiatry / addiction / brain cancer  
  • Role of animal models in the investigation of brain illness
  • Brain-body connection: Role of  high sensitivity / whole body scanners in brain imaging
  • Data harmonization
  • Technical Advances in brain imaging: 
    • TOF-PET: What timing resolution is needed? What is the impact?
    • Photon counting/spectral/low dose CT: revolutionizing trauma imaging
    • Is there a role for brain only scanners?
    • AI / ML / Deep learning: what does it bring to imaging?
  • Imaging accessibility to a wider community.
The program of the MEDAMI 2022 will include invited talks by key international opinion leaders and experts. However, a limited number of abstracts for oral or poster presentations will be accepted as well. If you have to report on a topic that you think fits into the scope of the program we will be happy to receive your abstract.
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    • Introduction / degeneration / addiction / trauma
      • 1
        Speaker: Vesna Sossi (University of British Columbia)
      • 2
        What we really need in the clinic
        Speaker: John Olivier Prior
      • 3
        Multimodality in the context of understanding of brain function in psychiatry/addiction
        Speaker: Prof. Ilan Rabiner ( King's College London)
      • 4
        Multimodality in the context of understanding of brain function in health and dementia/neurodegeneration/brain trauma
    • 10:00 AM
      Coffee break
    • Tracers and other modalities
      • 5
        Current status of brain tracers in the context of (i) other modalities and (ii) neurodegeneration/brain trauma/psychiatry/addiction; new imaging biomarkers and drug targets including proteinpathy
        Speaker: Prof. Gunn Roger (Imperial College London)
      • 6
        Tradeoffs between Full Kinetic Modeling and Simplified Approaches in Neuropsychiatric PET
        Speaker: Prof. Richard Carson (Yale University)
      • 7
        Bridging scales with neuroimaging: challenges and opportunities (MRI talk)
      • 8
        EEG/MEG talk
    • 12:30 PM
    • PET and SPECT technologies
      • 9
        Design considerations for (clinical) brain dedicated PET/MR and PET/CT systems”
        Speaker: Craig Levin (Stanford University)
      • 10
        TOF in brain imaging: advanced and impact
        Speaker: Paul Rene Michel Lecoq
      • 11
        Development of photodetectors for the next generation of TOF PET scanners
        Speaker: Giacomo Borghi (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
      • 12
        Revival of BGO with Cherenkov light
        Speaker: Rok Pestotnik (Jozef Stefan Institute (SI))
      • 13
        Front-end readout, Data Acquisition and ASICs for the next generation TOF PET scanners
        Speaker: Stefaan Tavernier (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE))
    • 4:30 PM
      Coffee break
    • Preclinical
      • 14
        Role of animal models in neurodegeneration and drug development
      • 15
        Round Table
    • Posters and reception
    • Oncology
      • 16
        Neurobiology of cancer - imaging as a priority in cancer mamagement
      • 17
        Multimodality as realted to brain cancer
      • 18
        Current status of brain tracers in the context of (i) other modalities and (ii) oncology
      • 19
        Role of imaging in radiation therapy / theranostics
    • 10:00 AM
      Coffee break
    • Other techniques/ analysis
      • 20
        Spectral/photon counting/dual energy CT in neuro application
        Speaker: Prof. Thorsten Fleitner (University of Maryland)
      • 21
        Role of imaging in neurosurgery
      • 22
        Introduction into the topic of spectral/photon counting CT in clinical (neuro)application
      • 23
        Radiomics and multi-modal analysis
    • 12:30 PM
    • Dedicated preclinical/ brain imagig systems /algorithms
      • 24
        CareMiBrain (PET) and MindView (PET/MR) – the i3M story
        Speakers: Antonio J. Gonzalez Martinez, Jose Maria Benlloch Rodriguez (Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) (ES))
      • 25
        Speaker: alberto Del Guerra (University of Pisa)
      • 26
        Mobile PET developments – brain imaging in motion
        Speaker: Stanislaw Majewski (University of California, Davis)
      • 27
        Technical advances in preclinicial imaging
      • 28
        Advanced image reconstruction/how much can AI ‘compensate' for lower dose
      • 29
        Developments of the Helmet PET: past and future
    • 4:35 PM
      Social event
    • 7:30 PM
      Conference dinner
    • Whole body imaging in the context of brain
      • 30
        Whole-body kinetic modeling
        Speaker: Prof. Richard Carson (Yale University)
      • 31
        Brain to organs connnection
      • 32
        The Explorer
      • 33
        UPenn Explorer
        Speaker: Prof. Joel Karp (University of Pennsylvania)
    • 10:00 AM
      Coffee break
    • Accessibilty and data sharing
      • 34
        Vision of an efficient/low cost imaging and tracer/imaging distribution model ( includes access to cyclotrons/distribution of cyclotrons/ small ones vs larger one) – description of the major challenges encountered by developing countries
      • 35
        Data harmonization
      • 36
        Regulatory hurdles on data sharing
      • 37
        AI analysis of large data sets
        Speaker: Dimitris Visvikis (National Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, INSERM, Brest, France)
    • 12:30 PM
    • Vision
      • 38
        Vision for the next 10 years
      • 39
        Summary and discussion
    • 3:00 PM
      Farewell coffee