Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Section for Biomedical Image Analysis (SBIA)

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News Highlights


 

— Penn Radiology Faculty Receive 8.5 Million in NIH Grants For Two International Neuroimaging Consortia

— Congrats to our CBICA faculty members who have recently promoted to Associate Professor!

  • Despina Kontos, PhD (CBIG Lab)
  • Michel Bilello, MD, PhD

 — CBICA received a new big grant, the iSTAGING grant. It was actually converted by NIH to a multi-year R01, and they awarded all money upfront. This is a mechanism that is reserved for projects of special interest at NIH, and it shielded the project form future funding cuts. Congrats to the entire computational neuroanatomy team that has contributed one way or another to this project. The focus is on: 1) characterizing heterogeneity of aging and preclinical AD, using multi-modal imaging 2) deriving a dimensional neuroimaging system. Bringing together data from about 15 studies with ~12,000 participants, this is one of the largest imaging analytics studies ever done in this field

 — CBICA received a new grant of $2M for the purchase of a high-end computing cluster. This new system will be almost 10 times more powerful than CBICA’s current computing cluster, and more powerful than any other computer on the Penn campus. The cluster will foster collaborations among many groups interested in advanced imaging informatics, with primary emphasis on computational neuroscience and computational oncology.

 — CBICA researchers, under the direction of Dr. Davatzikos, received a grant from the Abramson Cancer Center for performing a clinical trial for targeted personalized radiation therapy of glioblastoma, based on the group’s work on the development of predictive models of tumor infiltration and recurrence. Under this work, computer-based estimates of infiltrating tumor will be used to guide dose escalation in peri-tumoral brain regions.

— Congrats to Spyros Bakas, Hamed Akbari and the rest of the group on the acceptance of their paper, titled "In vivo detection of EGFRvIII in glioblastoma via perfusion magnetic resonance imaging signature consistent with deep peritumoral infiltration: the φ index," to Clinical Cancer Research, a journal with impact factor close to 9.

  • Spyridon Bakas, Hamed Akbari, Jared Pisapia, Maria Martinez-Lage, Martin Rozycki, Saima Rathore, Nadia Dahmane, Donald M. O’Rourke, Christos Davatzikos. "In vivo detection of EGFRvIII in glioblastoma via perfusion magnetic resonance imaging signature consistent with deep peritumoral infiltration: the φ index". Clinical Cancer Research. 2017. [Accepted]

— SBIA members are leading the organization of the International Multimodal Brain Tumor Segmentation (BraTS) Challenge 2017, which runs as a Full Day event during the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) 2017 conference, in conjunction with the Brain-Lesion (BrainLes) workshop 2017 on the 14th of September 2017.

 

Upcoming Conferences

  • June 25-29, 2017 — Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM 2017) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada
  • July 14-20, 2017 — Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC 2017), London, England