WMIC 2023 Highlights

WMIC 2023 Highlights

WMIC 2023 was held in Prague, Czech Republic on September 5th-9th, 2023. This year, the meeting was kicked off with an ImmunoOncology Premeeting, which featured over 20 international speakers, from junior faculty to senior investigators representing academia and industry experts, and was highly successful.  Seventy-six sessions were held over five days and included 180 oral presentations and 137 presentations from senior leaders and researchers in the field. Four poster sessions featured 574 posters displaying new science on a wide range of topics. To accommodate those still restricted by visa regulations, WMIC 2023 included a virtual option, and each session was broadcast to attendees worldwide.

WMIC 2023 On-Demand

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WMIC 2023 Award Winners

Gold Medal Award Winner

Bernd Pichler, PhD

Head of Werner Siemens Imaging Center, Director of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy at the Department of Radiology, University of Tübingen, Germany, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen, Germany

The Gold Medal is the highest honor within the Society and is awarded for a major research contribution to the field of molecular imaging within the scope of the Society’s purposes.

Dr. Pichler was chosen in recognition of extraordinary achievements in molecular imaging research that have led to paradigm-shifting technological and methodological advances and creating key insights into human diseases.

The Gold Medal Award lecture was held during the Closing Ceremonies on Saturday, September 9th 2023 and can be see on demand.

Roger Tsien Award Winner

Michael J. Evans, PhD

Associate Professor In Residence Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

The Roger Tsien award is given to an early-stage investigator at the level of assistant or associate professor who has made significant contributions to the field of molecular imaging in the area of chemical biology. This includes the creation and/or use of novel chemistries to probe biological systems using noninvasive imaging approaches. The WMIS awards committee selection was based largely on new syntheses of molecular probes, that have been used for a better understanding of the biology of health.

Michael Evans has been chosen as the Roger Tsien Award winner in recognition of his innovative chemical biology approaches to imaging and treating a diverse array of diseases that include prostate cancer and depression.

The Roger Tsien Award lecture was held on Saturday, September 9th 2023 and can be watched on demand. 

Young Investigator of the Year Award Winner

Nicholas Calvert

PhD Candidate

Nicholas Calvert is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa in Canada. His PI is Prof. Adam Shuhendler.

Second place was awarded to Cong Wang, PhD from Fudan University, and third place was awarded to  Sarah Schraven from RWTH Aachen University.

You can watch Nicholas’ award winning talk below.

MIB Award Winners

Preclinical Paper of the Year 2022

"I-Iodo-DPA-713 Positron Emission Tomography in a Hamster Model of SARS-CoV-2 Infection"

Clinical Paper of the Year 2022

"FDG PET/CT and Dosimetric Studies of Lu-Lilotamab Satetraxetan in a First-in-Human Trial for Relapsed Indolent non-Hodgkin Lymphoma - Are We Hitting the Target?"

Image of the Year 2022

"Incremental Impact of [68 Ga]Ga‑PSMA‑11 PET/CT in Primary N and M Staging of Prostate Cancer Prior to Curative‑Intent Surgery: a Prospective Clinical Trial in Comparison with mpMRI”

WIMIN Award Winners

WIMIN Rising Star Award

Quan Zhou, PhD
Instructor, Department of Neurosurgery
Stanford University

WIMIN Mid-career Award

Monica Shokeen, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor
Radiology (Primary),
Biomedical Engineering, Imaging Science,
Cancer Biology Program
Washington University in St. Louis

WIMIN Leadership Award

Julie Sutcliffe, PhD
Director, Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Facility, Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging
Co-Director Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging
Professor of Medicine (Reg)
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Davis


MINT Awards Winners

 First Place

Nahyun Kwon

‘Nanostructure-Driven Indocyanine Green Dimerization Generates an Ultra-stable Phototheranostics Nanoplatform’

Second Place

Yizhou Jiang

‘Ultrasound Tracking of Adoptive Natural Killer Cells Labeled with Nanobubbles’

Third Place

Hsin-Hua (Alexa) Hsieh

‘Improving Therapeutic Efficacy and Immune Response with Gold Nanostar-Mediated Photothermal Therapy in Combination with Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer Treatment in a Mouse Model’ 

ICIT Top Abstracts

Rafael Sánchez-Pupo, PhD

“In vivo tracking CRISPR-Cas9 edited HER2-CAR-T cells with multimodal imaging reporter genes”

Rianne Maas

“Monitoring immune rejection in a murine heart transplant model by immuno-PET imaging”

Hsin-Hua Hsieh

“Improving therapeutic efficacy and immune response with gold
nanostar-mediated photothermal therapy in combination with
immunotherapy for colorectal cancer treatment in a mouse model”

2023 Poster Award Winners

Science Slam Award Winners

Victoria Laney

“MR Molecular Imaging of anti-VISTA mAb Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer”

Gina Dunkel

“Multiscale microscopy to study organ-specific immunotherapy response in breast cancer”

Neysha Martinez Orengo, PhD

“In Vivo Molecular Imaging of HIV-1 gp120 with Fluorine-18 Labeled Nanobodies in a Murine Model”