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1st Workshop on Emerging Trends in Molecular Imaging

April 19, 2023 - April 20, 2023

Late abstract submission deadline: March, 23th 2023

We are pleased to announce the first workshop on Emerging Trends in Molecular Imaging, jointly organised by the Molecular Imaging Center (CIM) – University of Turin (UniTO) and the Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging (IBB) – National Research Council of Italy (CNR) with the support of the Italian Discussion Group on Magnetic Resonance (GIDRM). This in person meeting is planned to take place on April 19th to 20th, 2023 in Turin (Italy).

Molecular Imaging has the ability to visualize and quantify the biological processes in vivo at cellular and molecular level using different modalities such as MRI, Nuclear Imaging, Optical Imaging, Ultrasound, X-ray/CT. Molecular Imaging has a high potential to improve clinical outcome for several diseases allowing earlier diagnosis, correct selection of targeted therapies and non-invasive evaluation of treatment effects. The workshop intends to provide the attendants with the state-of-the-art and future perspectives of emerging technologies/applications in this very promising field combining biology, chemistry, medicine and physics interests.

The meeting provides an excellent platform for scientific communication and networking of attendees from both academia and industry. Both poster and selected oral sessions will give young researchers the opportunity to present their work.



The workshop is supported by EUHorizon 2020 research and innovation program (PrimoGAIA project,  grant agreement No 863099)



Registration & Fees


The registration deadline is March 31st, 2023.





New Logo GIDRM v4 HR Full Event
Students* 30 Euros
GIDRM Members** 40 Euros
GIDRM Non-Members*** 60 Euros

* students and PhD students from the University of Torino are eligible for the PhD student fee

** the GIDRM member rate applies to all GIDRM members

*** the GIDRM non-member rate includes GIDRM membership for 2023

Registration fees includes: Access to Scientific Sessions & Exhibition, coffee Breaks & Lunches, and social dinner.

The registration fee can be paid by Credit Card or PayPal or Bank Transfer at the end of this page by purchasing the ticket for the event at the same time you can fill all your personal registration infos

In order to purchase tickets users must be registered with at least a GIDRM Free Subscription, follow the instructions to “Become a Member” on this page

Abstracts Submission

Late abstract submission deadline: March, 23th 2023

We cordially invite you to submit your abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations to the first workshop on Emerging Trends in Molecular Imaging 2023.

Posters Preferred size: A0 (84×118 cm), maximum size: 100 cm width x 150 cm height.

Download and complete the abstract submission form and template: here

Submit your abstracts: One page abstract (please use the Word or OpenDocument template provided) written in English must be sent by e-mail to: imaging2023@gidrm.org; please



Submission deadline:     March 23th, 2023, 23:59 (CET)

Notification:                      March 13th, 2023

Abstracts received after the deadline will not be accepted



  1. The reviewers will judge the abstracts according to the relevance to the workshop, assessing the scientific value, the originality of work and overall impression. The Committee will select two of the most original abstracts to be presented as oral presentations for each session.
  2. The submitting authors will be notified during March 2023, whether the abstract has been accepted. Notifications will be sent via email to the email address provided during submission. Within the notification authors will be informed of the date, time and form of their presentation.
  3. The presenting author must be a registered participant. Please note that the presenting author is not automatically registered by submitting an abstract. Regular registration is mandatory and binding and implies payment of the registration fee. For registration, please click here.


  1. Abstracts can be accepted either as poster or oral presentations.
  2. If your abstract is accepted as a Poster, you will be requested to be available for discussion during the corresponding moderated poster viewing session.
  3. Oral presentations will be given further information on length of lecture and presentation details closer to the meeting.
  4. Full presentation guidelines will be sent after the final allocation of abstracts to the programme.
The Venue

The conference will be held at the Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences / Molecular Biotechnology Center “Guido Tarone” of the University of Torino  in the  “Leonardo room” which features a 200-seater auditorium and exhibition space.

Location: Via Nizza, 52 Torino


How to reach us

  • By train

From the Porta Nuova train station you can walk to our Center (15 minutes) or take the metro, direction “Lingotto”, and get off at “Nizza” (2 stops).

  • By flight

From Turin Airport: by taxi (30 minutes, about 30 euros) or by public bus.

The bus leaves every 10-15 minutes from the Airport and takes about 40-45 minutes to get to the Porta Nuova and Porta Susa train stations.

Invited Speakers

We have a world-class line up of guest speakers for you to enjoy!

  • Michal Neeman (Weizmann Institute, Israel)
  • Calogero D’Alessandria (TUM, Germany)
  • Laura Mezzanotte (Erasmus MC, The Netherlands)
  • Francois Lux (University Lyon 1, France)
  • Andrè Martins (University Hospital Tübingen, Germany)
  • Christoffer Laustsen (University Hospital of Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Philippe Massot (CNRS, France)
  • Elodie Parzy (University Bordeaux, France)


April 19th, 2023

13.30-14.00 Registration
14.00-14.15 Welcome and Introduction
14.15-15.25 MRI Session
14.15-14.55 Plenary lecture: “Unveiling the placenta: Structural & functional MRI as a path towards fixing a neglected organ”
Prof. Michal Neeman (Weizmann, Israel)
14.55-15.10 “In-vivo imaging of molecular dynamics for medicine using field cycling imaging”
Lionel Broche (University of Aberdeen)
15.10-15.25 “Dual-encoded magnetization transfer and diffusion imaging and its application to tract-specific microstructure mapping”
Pietro Bontempi (University of Verona)
15.25-16.20 Prepolarized MRI at earth field PRIMOGAIA Session
15.25-15.55 Invited lecture: “What is OMRI? Theory and practice”
Elodie Parzy (University of Bordeaux, France)
15.55-16.20 Invited lecture: “PrimoGAIA’s experimental platform and OMRI results”
Philippe Massot (CNRS, France)
16.20-17.00 Coffee Break / Poster Session
17.00-18.00 Nuclear Imaging Session
17.00-17.30 Invited lecture: “Radiolabelling small and bio-molecules in the era of “theranostic”: do we always hit the mark?”
Calogero D’Alessandria (TUM, Germany)
17.30-17.45 “A radioiodinated Rucaparib analogue as an auger electron emitter for cancer therapy”
Gianluca Destro (University of Oxford, UK)
17.45-18.00 “Development of novel human αCD4 nanobody-based PET tracer for the visualization of endogenous CD4+ cells in cancer and autoimmune disease”
Stefania Pezzana (University of Tübingen, Germany)
18.00-19.00 Optical Imaging / PDT Session
18.00-18.30 Invited lecture: “Treating and Imaging cancer with light: combining surgery, photodynamic therapy and immunotherapy”
Laura Mezzanotte (Erasmus MC, the Netherlands)
18.30-18.45 “PSMA-Targeted probes for NIRF-Guided surgery and Photodynamic Therapy”
Martina Capozza (University of Torino)
18.45-19.00 Sponsored Session VISUALSONICS
  “Application of Ultra High Frequency Ultrasounds and Photoacoustic Imaging in Preclinical Oncological Research”
  Annarosa Arcangeli
20.30 Social Dinner

April, 20th 2023

09.00-10.00 MRI with paramagnetic agents session
09.00-0930 Invited lecture: “MRI of biopolymers used for metallic chelation and drug delivery”
Francois Lux (University of Lyon 1, France)
09.30-09.45 “Nanogels Embedding Paramagnetic Chelates as MRI Probes”
Marco Ricci (Università del Piemonte Orientale)
09.45-10.00 “Imaging of Pancreatic Islet in the Decellularized Pancreatic Tail and in the Omental Gap Transplanted into the Greater Omentum”
Daniel Jirak (Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague)
10.00-11.30 MRI-CEST Imaging Session
10.00-10.30 Invited lecture: “Imaging physiology with non-invasive molecular responsive sensors”
Andrè Martins (University Hospital Tübingen, Germany)
10.30-10.45 “Iopamidol CEST MRI on Three Mouse Models of Cancers:Immunohistology Correlation”
Hana Lahrech (Univ of Medicine and Pharmacy, Grenoble)
10.45-11.00 “Peptides-based supramolecular structures as new frontier for the development of innovative MRI contrast agents”
Enrico Gallo (IRCCS Synlab SDN, Napoli)
11.00-11.15 “Imaging Extracellular Lactate with Lanthanide-PCTA-based PARACEST Agents”
Remy Chiaffarelli (University Hospital Tuebingen)
11.15-11.30 “Multiparametric MRI characterization of tumor microenvironment reveals a different metastatic phenotype in breast cancer murine models”
Alessia Corrado (University of Torino)
10.30-11.15 Coffee Break / Poster session / Group Photo
12.10-12.55 Hyperpolarized MRI Session
12.10-12.40 Invited lecture: “Considerations for translation of hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate to clinical use”
Christoffer Laustsen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
12.40-12.55 “Biocompatible Parahydrogen-Based Hypepolarized [1-13C]Pyruvate for Metabolic Investigation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging”
Ginevra Di Matteo (University of Torino)
12.55-13.05 EuroBioImaging Session
Linda Chaabane (EuroBioImaging Med-Hub, Italy)
13.05-13.15 Award for Best Poster
13.15-13.20 Concluding remarks
13.20 Lunch


Best Scientific Poster Awards

During the workshop, the scientific committee will evaluate all the selected abstracts for poster presentations and will award a prize to the best poster during the last session of the workshop.

Posters Preferred size: A0 (84×118 cm), maximum size: 100 cm width x 150 cm height.

Scientific Committee
  • Enzo Terreno, University of Torino
  • Simonetta Geninatti Crich, University of Torino
  • Dario Livio Longo, CNR
  • Michele Chierotti, University of Torino
  • Laura Ragona, CNR
  • Silvia Borsacchi, CNR-ICCOM-Pisa
  • Giacomo Parigi, University of Firenze
  • Antonio Randazzo, University of Napoli Federico II
  • Luigi Russo, University of Campania
Local Organizing Committee

The workshop is a collaborative meeting organized by colleagues from University of Turin (UniTO) and National Research Council of Italy (CNR) with the collaboration of GIDRM association.

  • Eliana Gianolio, UniTO
  • Enza Di Gregorio, UniTO
  • Angelo Bifone, UniTO
  • Antonella Carella, CNR
  • Giuseppe Ferrauto, UniTO
  • Francesca Reineri, UniTO

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