The Chance Symposium Organizing Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make Britton Chance Centennial Symposium on Metabolic Imaging and Spectroscopy a success.

The event was held on June 18-19, 2013 to honor the 100th Birthday (July 24) of Dr. Britton Chance, who was a founding father of the fields of bioenergetics and the development of NMR and optical imaging/spectroscopy techniques for studying cell and tissue function and metabolism.

It was sponsored by the Penn Department of Radiology, Johnson Research Foundation, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, and financially supported by Penn Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund, the Institute of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, University City Science Center, Hamamatsu, and General Electric. Donations were also received from Dr. Shoko Nioka and the Chance family.

The Symposium was a great success. It covered interdisciplinary topics at the research frontier, ranging from imaging physics and engineering, e.g., NMR, nuclear medicine, optics, ultrasound and photo-acoustics, to biology and medicine with an emphasis on technical innovation and clinical translation. Approximately 250 participants from Europe, Asia, and North America attended the conference featured with 35 invited talks, 51 posters, and a panel discussion.

Dr. Mitchell Schnall, Chairman of the Department of Radiology, give an introduction to the scientific legacy and impact of Dr. Britton Chance. Two keynote speeches were delivered by Dr. Kevin M. Brindle from the University of Cambridge and Dr. Douglas C. Wallace from the Children Hospital of Philadelphia on hyperpolarized NMR of tumor metabolism and mitochondrial medicine, respectively. Nine conference sessions covered cancer, glycolysis, mitochondria, redox state, blood hemodynamics, hypoxia, brain, liver, lung, kidney, and novel techniques. Twenty four authors were selected to present brief 'flash' highlights on their posters. Travel stipends were granted to ten students and postdoctoral fellows, and poster awards were also granted to the top five poster presenters.

Finally, the Chance Centennial Dinner Reception at the American Philosophical Society was eventful. Dr. Mark Chance and Dr. Clyde Barker (President of the American Philosophical Society) and four former students, colleagues, and collaborators of Dr. Chance shared their wonderful memories/experiences about the life, times, and legacies of Dr. Chance. Videos of the talks, photos, and more can be found on this website.

Clearly, Dr. Chance was a great mentor and role model for the scientific community. Looking forward, many participants hope to continue this great venue for scientific exchange/exploration in the future and carry on the legacy of Dr. Chance.

Many thanks again to your support and active participation!


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