MIR Investigators Shaping the Future of Radiological Research

The research community gathered for an afternoon of scientific innovation at the annual Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) Research Symposium. Held in the Eric P. Newman Education Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the symposium is a time for investigators to share their ongoing basic and clinical research endeavors and mingle with other researchers. Robert J. Gropler, MD, professor of radiology and senior vice chair and division director of radiological sciences, welcomed guests and shared his enthusiasm for MIR’s research enterprise.

Pamela K. Woodard, MD, the Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology and director of MIR, delivered the keynote lecture “Imaging Research: The Foundation for the Future of Radiology.” She discussed the history and evolution of radiology and shared insights specific to MIR about “where we are and where we’re going.” Additional talks from MIR faculty included:

Patrícia M. Ribeiro Pereira, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, “PET Imaging of Tumor Biology and Dual Receptor Click Chemistry”

Ikbal Şencan-Eğilmez, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, “Intravital Optical Microscopy to Quantify Neurovascular Health and Function in Brain and Beyond”

Arash Nazeri, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, “The Fluid Brain: Mapping the Waterways of the Central Nervous System”

Muriah D. Wheelock, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, “Neuroimaging Methods for Assessing the Developing Brain”

Aristeidis Sotiras, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, “Leveraging AI for Intra-Cranial Tumor Imaging Analysis”

New this year was a lightning round session featuring five-minute talks by the following T32 trainees: Gregory J. Wehner, MD, PhD, Austin A. McCullough, PhD, and PhD graduate students Sung Min Park and Wiete Fehner at MIR, and PhD graduate student Luke Lozenski from the university’s McKelvey School of Engineering.

As in previous years, the symposium capped off with a poster session featuring several posters from investigators.