Imaging Research Symposium

The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s Annual Imaging Research Symposium “provides a snapshot of the diversity and depth of the excellence in research in our department. It brings the achievements of high school, college, medical and graduate students, post-docs, fellows, residents and faculty to the forefront,” according to Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, vice-chair of research.

The Imaging Research Symposium is open to the UCSF and scientific communities and features oral presentations as well as a scientific poster session highlighting the innovative work being done in the department. A variety of topics are covered including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, musculoskeletal disease and cardiovascular disease. Information is provided on UCSF imaging 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, recognizing the research of an outstanding radiology and biomedical imaging graduate student or postdoctoral scholar, is presented each year at the conclusion of the symposium.

Past Imaging Research Symposiums

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submisison Deadline:  September 1, 2015
Online Submission Site:

Abstracts are invited for the 12th Annual Imaging Research Symposium of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging to be held October 21, 2015. 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 October 1, 2015.

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.)