UCSF Radiology Wins GE NFL Head Health Challenge Award
January 24, 2014
UCSF Radiology is one of 16 winners worldwide to be awarded $300,000 by GE and the NFL to advance their work to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. The UCSF Radiology team, led by Principal Investigator Esther Yuh, MD, PhD, Adam Ferguson, PhD, and Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD, is one of over 400 entrants from 27 countries that submitted proposals for the Head Health Challenge.
Myriam Chaumeil, PhD, recipient of 2013 Bruce Hasegawa Award
October 29, 2013
At the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s 10th annual Research Symposium on October 29, 2013, Myriam Chaumeil, PhD was presented with the 2013 Bruce Hasegawa Award.
Dr. Chaumeil is a postdoctoral scholar working in the laboratory of Sabrina Ronen, PhD, where she applies innovative magnetic resonance techniques, such as hyperpolarized carbon-13 and contrast-enhanced imaging, to characterize brain tumors and their response to treatments. She earned her PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Paris XI, France.
In accepting the award, Chaumeil remarked: “I feel really lucky to have had the chance to work in this department with an amazing group of people, and to follow Professor Hasegawa’s footsteps in developing new imaging techniques, such as hyperpolarized 13-C MR spectroscopy. I would like to thank all my colleagues from the Surbeck lab and QB3 for their help and friendship. I would like to also give special thanks to my mentor and PI Sabrina Ronen for her continuous support over the last five years. And finally, I would like to thank the Symposium Committee as well as Bruce Hasegawa’s friends and family for this generous award. I feel really honored.”
The Bruce Hasegawa Award recognizes a radiology and biomedical imaging graduate student or postdoctoral scholar annually. It is generously funded by Hasegawa’s childhood friend, Dr. Gordon Honda.
UCSF is the only fibroid treatment center in Northern California to have completed a research study of the latest, most advanced, FDA approved procedure with excellent results. These are minimally invasive procedures which may help women avoid invasive surgeries such as hysterectomy or myomectomy.
With 28,000 attendees, the 2013 Bay Area Science Festival was a huge success. On Saturday, November 2nd, children and adults were scattered throughout the AT&T baseball field enjoying some fun in the sun, and a stadium full of science. With the many different exciting exhibits, games, and entertainment, no one wanted to go home when it came to closing time.
The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging had a booth there with many interactive activities to drum up excitement about radiology. We created a game called, “Match That Bone”, where we showed kids and parents different x-ray images on an iPad. Next, we had them try and match those images to a skeleton model. Our booth also featured a power point slide highlighting the department’s ten subspecialties. We also played an MRI video, a video of Dr. Bill Dillon explaining steps to becoming a radiologist, and a video of Dr. Brett Elicker talking about radiation exposure.
This is the first year the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging has participated in the science festival, and we hope to come back every year. Especially, when many parents and children were asking, “What is radiology?”. It is a compliment to have people ask these types of questions. It gives us a chance to interact with them, share our experiences, and spread our knowledge.
We personally would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help make our booth a success:
Thank you Dr. Bob Kerlan and Kathy Knoerl, Operations Director Radiology, for volunteering and showing your support.
Thank you Matt Eltgroth, MD, Nick Burris, MD, Mariam Aboian, MD, Kevin Koo, MD, Nancy Benedetti, MD, Hriday Shah, MD, Marcel Brus-Ramer, MD, PhD, Craig Devincent, Ben Mow, Rebecca Galagaran, Javier Villanueva-Meyer, MD, and Vignesh Arasu, MD for sharing your knowledge on radiology.
Lastly, thank you Mercedes Curutchet and Etay Ziv, MD for making the MRI video.
This two-day workshop is sponsored by the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, and the international Study Group for XTrEme‐Ct in RA (SPECTRA). The SPECTRA group is an international consortium aiming to investigate the validity, reliability, and responsiveness of an emerging imaging modality, high‐resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR‐pQCT), as a biomarker for joint damage in inflammatory arthritis. The participants include clinicians and researchers from the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Hong Kong.
The workshop will have keynote presentations reviewing imaging applications in rheumatoid arthritis, from the perspectives of rheumatologists as well as radiologists, followed by indepth discussion on the technical aspects of HR-pQCT, standardization of the evaluation of bone erosions in RA using HR-pQCT, quantitative analysis of joint shape and bone structure, and multi-modality studies in RA using HR-pQCT, MRI and other techniques.
The workshop is free and open to all clinicians, researchers and industrial investigators. For registration and other more information, please contact Rukayah Abdolcader at email@example.com or (415) 514-8270.
The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s Annual Research Symposium has grown in scope each year, serving as a touchstone for the array of research performed in the department. The Tenth Annual Imaging Research Symposium will “provide a snapshot of the diversity and depth of the excellence in research in our department" according to Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, Vice-Chair of Research. It brings the achievements of high school, college, medical and graduate students, post-docs, fellows, residents and faculty to the forefront at oral presentations and a large poster session.
Scheduled for October 29, 2013, the symposium is open to the UCSF and scientific communities. The Imaging Research Symposium will begin at 1:00 PM in Cole Hall at UCSF’s Parnasssus Campus and will feature brief oral presentations, which will cover a variety of topics and approaches to imaging research. At 4:30 PM, a poster session and presentation of the annual Bruce Hasegawa Award will be held in the City Lights and Golden Gate rooms at Millberry Union.
Amyloid Imaging: A “Game Changer” in the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
September 17, 2013
Amyloid imaging has been used extensively in research studies of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and aging since 2004. Since the earliest days of this technology, UCSF has been at the forefront of amyloid imaging research. The UCSF-based Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) is a large, multi-site study applying amyloid imaging and other imaging modalities and biological markers to study the natural history of AD, with the goal of utilizing imaging and other disease markers to measure the efficacy of new treatments.