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GIDRM DAY – Exploring diagnostic probes and procedures beyond Gd(III) for MRI applications

May 31, 2024


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Recently, the use of Gd3+ chelates as contrast agents (CAs) in MRI has encountered two significant challenges. The first arose, ca. 20 years ago, with the occurrence of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in patients with renal impairment who had undergone contrast-enhanced MRIs, prompting safety concerns regarding Gd3+ chelates. While regulations restricting CA use in renally compromised patients have mitigated NSF cases, apprehensions regarding safety persist. Additionally, the environmental impact of CAs in MRI is becoming evident. Gd3+, typically sequestered in the lithosphere, is now detectable at elevated levels in drinking water sources and marine ecosystems. Addressing these challenges is imperative. This workshop aims to explore potential alternatives and discuss future directions.

Scientific Committee

Mauro Botta, University of Piemonte Orientale

Michele Chierotti, University of Torino

Silvia Borsacchi, CNR-ICCOM, Pisa

Simonetta Geninatti Crich, University of Torino

Giacomo Parigi, University of Firenze

Antonio Randazzo, University of Napoli Federico II

Laura Ragona, SCITEC-CNR, Milano

Luigi Russo, University of Campania

Organising Committee

Mauro Botta (DiSIT, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Fabio Carniato (DiSIT, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Daniela Lalli (DiSIT, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Alessandro Nucera (DiSIT, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Marco Ricci (DiSIT, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Maria Ludovica Macchia (DiSIT, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Claudio Cassino (DiSIT, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Lorenzo Risolo (DiSIT, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Giovanni B. Giovenzana (DSF, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Federico Forgione (DSF, University of Piemonte Orientale)

Fabio Travagin (DSF, University of Piemonte Orientale)


With the endorsement of:

This conference is part of the project NODES which has received funding from the MUR – M4C2 1.5 of PNRR funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU (grant agreement no. ECS00000036).

Registration & Fees

The registration deadline is May 10th, 2024


60€ for non-GIDRM members (the fee includes GIDRM 2024 subscription);

40€ for GIDRM members.

The registration fee includes the access to the Scientific Sessions, coffee Break and Lunch.


A limited number of PhD students from the University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro are eligible for free registration. Please write to alessandria2024@gidrm.org to ask for a coupon.


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The Venue

The Event will be held at the Dipartimento di Scienze ed Innovazione Tecnologica, University of Piemonte Orientale, Viale Teresa Michel 11, Alessandria, Room 101.

How to reach us
By train:

Alessandria station 20 min walk or 5 min by bus Line AC or Line 4.  During peak hours, buses run at approximately 20-minute intervals. Ticket available on the bus, in the station (Tobacconist shop) and online https://www.amagmobilita.it/trasporti-alessandria/orari-autobus-alessandria.

By car:

From Milan. Highway A7, take the A21 direction, exit Alessandria Ovest.

From Turin. Highway A21, exit Alessandria Ovest.

Invited Speakers

Dario Longo (IBB/CNR)

Daniela Delli Castelli (UniTO)

Alessandro Lascialfari (UniPV)

Francesca Baldelli Bombelli (PoliMI)

Giacomo Parigi (UniFI)

Lorenzo Tei (UPO)

Alessandro Nucera (UPO)

Fabio Carniato (UPO)

Zsolt Baranyai (Bracco Research Center)

Francesca Reineri (UniTO)

Mauro Botta (UPO)


The event will be held in English.

9.15-9.45       Registration and welcome coffee

9.45-10.00    Welcome and opening

10.00-10.30   Dario Longo (UniTO) – Diamagnetic CEST-MRI contrast agents: an overview of molecules and of emerging applications

10.30-11.00    Daniela Delli Castelli (UniTO) – Addressing a significant hurdle: the low sensitivity of CEST contrast agents

11.00-11.30   Alessandro Lascialfari (UniPV) – Magnetic nanoparticles for MRI

11.30-12.00   Francesca Baldelli Bombelli (PoliMI)19F-MRI: from probe design to biomedical application

12.00-12.30   Giacomo Parigi (UniFI) – Manganese-rich fruit juices as oral MRI contrast agents

12.30-13.00   Lorenzo Tei (UPO) – Transition metal-based probes: Mn(II)

13.00-14.00   Lunch break

14.00-14.30   Alessandro Nucera (UPO) – Transition metal-based probes: Fe(III)

14.30-15.00   Fabio Carniato (UPO) – Transition metal-based probes: Cu(II) / V(IV)

15.00-15.30   Zsolt Baranyai (Bracco Research Center) – Exploring thermodynamic and kinetic attributes for the design of metal chelates as alternatives to Gd(III)-based probes

15.30-16.00   Francesca Reineri (UniTO) – Hyperpolarized molecules for biomedical imaging

16.00-16.20   Mauro Botta (UPO) – In the interim: reducing doses by optimizing the efficacy of Gd(III) probes


Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee.

Participants are kindly invited to book their own hotel rooms. Here a few suggestions:

a) Hotel Europa (***), Via Palestro 1 – https://www.hoteleuropaal.it

b) Hotel Domus (***),Via T. Castellani, 12https://domus-hotel-alessandria.hotelmix.it/

c) Hotel Londra (****), Corso F. Cavallotti 51 – www.londrahotel.info

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May 31
09:15 - 16:20 CEST
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Dipartimento di Scienze ed Innovazione Tecnologica, University of Piemonte Orientale – Room 101
Viale Teresa Michel, 11
Alessandria, AL 15121 Italy
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