Imaging of Infection Workshop 2018

Join us in Seattle for a one-day seminar.

WMIC Workshop on Imaging of Infection and Inflammation

Friday, September 14, 2018
08:00 – 15:00
Room 603
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, USA

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The Workshop on Imaging of Infection and Inflammation will focus on the latest developments in molecular imaging of infection and inflammation, spanning preclinical development to first-in-human studies. A panel to discuss the challenges in securing NIH funding as well as an interactive demonstration on biosafety containment techniques for small animal will be presented. The overall goals of this workshop are to bring together individuals from multiple scientific disciplines, promote collaborations and to develop new imaging techniques for infection and inflammation with the intent of clinical translation. Please join us and contribute to the discussions.

Program Schedule


08:00-08:15 Introduction

Sanjay K. Jain, Johns Hopkins University

Christopher Palestro, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Catherine A. Foss, Johns Hopkins University (Moderators)

08:15-08:30 Imaging Bacterial Infection using Maltotriose based probes: preclinical updates

Gayatri Gowrishankar, Stanford University

08:30-08:45 Maltodextrin based Optical imaging probes

Niren Murthy, UC Berkley

08:45-09:00 MRI detection of bacteria using endogenous bacCEST

Guanshu Liu, Johns Hopkins University

09:00-09:15 New approaches of Nuclear Imaging of Tuberculosis ‐ Good Clinical Practice and First‐in‐Human investigations

Thomas Ebenhan, University of Pretoria, South Africa

09:15-09:30 First-in-human evaluation of 11C-trimethoprim to image bacterial infection: Study design and early results

Mark Sellmyer, University of Pennsylvania

9:30-11:00 Break

Charles H. Manning, Vanderbilt University and Liz Tucker, Johns Hopkins University (Moderators)

11:00-11:15 Molecular Imaging to study Ebola virus pathophysiology

Dima A. Hammoud, NIH

11:15-11:30 18F-FDG PET imaging in High consequence Viral infections

Reed Johnson, Integrated Research Facility (NIH/NIAID)

11:30-11:45 Imaging Lung Transplant rejection

Delphine Chen, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

11:45-12:00 Immuno‐PET in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anna Wu, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

12:00-12:10 PET imaging in Neuro-HIV

Sanhita Sinharay, NIH

12:10-12:30 Interactive Demo: Biosafety “Barriers” in the Laboratory

Alvaro A. Ordonez and Sanjay K. Jain, Johns Hopkins University

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Panel Discussion on NIH funding

Sanjay K. Jain, Johns Hopkins University and Dima A. Hammoud, NIH (Moderators)

Panelists: Karen A. Lacourciere, NIH/NIAID

Program Officer

Respiratory Disease Branch, NIH/NIAID/DMID

Gayatri Gowrishankar, Stanford University and Thomas Ebenhan, University of Pretoria, South Africa (Moderators)

14:00-14:10 Brain 18F-FDG PET imaging in Ebola infected monkeys  

William Schreiber-Stainthorp, NIH

14:10-14:20 18F-FAC PET visualizes brain infiltrating leukocytes in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis

Peter Clark, UCLA

14:20-14:30 PET and Antimicrobial Distribution: Does the Drug Reach the Bug?

Alvaro A. Ordonez, Johns Hopkins University

14:30-14:40 Challenges in Neurotherapeutics: Insights into Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics using PET

Liz Tucker, Johns Hopkins University

14:40-14:50 Immune Cell Tracking with Magnetic Particle Imaging

Prashant Chandrasekharan, UC Berkley

14:50-15:00 Targeting the Complement pathway to image Bacterial infections

Catherine Foss, Johns Hopkins University


Please contact Sanjay K. Jain, M.D. ( or Dima A. Hammoud, M.D. ( for more information.

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