December 11, 2017 - December 13, 2017

Is Multimodal Imaging an Invention with a Future? The Input of Chemistry

The scientific concept of multimodal imaging has been gaining momentum over the last decades. Given the intrinsic physical properties of each imaging technique available in the current clinical practice (MRI, CT, US, PET/SPECT or optical imaging), it is clear that none of these modalities alone is able to address all the questions in the search for a correct diagnosis or therapeutic follow-up. Today, many leading instrumental companies, supported by the physicists from academia, are investing in the design/improvement of multimodal scanners (e.g. PET-MRI).  In parallel, chemists working in the field of imaging worldwide are gathering their efforts to create agents that combine various imaging reporters in a single probe. 

This conference, jointly organized by LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies and the Centre for Molecular Biophysics - CNRS Orléans, will address the questions whether multimodal imaging is an invention with future and how chemists can contribute to its success. The conference will have a special focus on metal-based probes and MRI, optical and nuclear imaging modalities.

The conference will start on 11th of December with a welcome lunch (12H00) and finish on 13th of December at 12H30.


  • Dr Kristina Djanashvili, LE STUDIUM / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow
    FROM Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology - NL
    IN RESIDENCE AT Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire / CNRS - Orléans - FR
  • Dr Éva Jakab Tóth
    Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire (CBM) / CNRS - Orléans - FR


  • Multimodal imaging probes incl. nanoparticles and small metal complexes
  • Combination of imaging and therapy
  • Responsive probes
  • Validation of output in MRI, nuclear and optical imaging techniques

Special honorary symposium

We take the opportunity of this Le Studium conference to honor Pr Carlos F.G.C. Geraldes (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and Pr Lothar Helm (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) and celebrate their outstanding scientific carrier during a dedicated session – “40 years in Lanthanide Chemistry”.

Carlos Geraldes and Lothar Helm have made an immense contribution to the understanding and development of paramagnetic probes for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Through a very active participation in successive European COST Actions related to metals in medical imaging, their work hasled to novel, fundamental insights into the physical-chemical behavior of lanthanide-complexes in general and the paramagnetic relaxation theory of contrast agents in particular. 
Today, Pr Lothar Helm is retiring from the position of titular professor and director of the NMR service of the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL, Lausanne (CH), while Pr Carlos Geraldes is leaving the post of full professor of Structural Biochemistry at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra (PT). In this symposium, the guest speakers will overview the state of the art in the field of MR imaging agents and discuss future perspectives. 

Confirmed Speakers

  • Pr Carlos F.G.C. Geraldes - University of Coimbra - PT
  • Pr Lothar Helm - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - CH
  • Pr Silvio Aime - University of Torino - IT
  • Pr A. Dean Sherry - University of Texas at Dallas and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - US
  • Pr Robert N. Muller - University of Mons - BE
  • Pr Peter Caravan - Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital - US
  • Pr David Parker - Durham University - UK
  • Pr Jean-Philippe Pignol - Erasmus MC Cancer Institute - NL
  • Dr Lorenzo Tei -  University of Piemonte Orientale "Amedeo Avogadro" - IT
  • Pr Carlos Platas-Iglesias - University of A Coruña - ES
  • Dr Gyula Tircso - University of Debrecen - HU
  • Dr Penelope Bouziotis - National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos" - GR
  • Pr Nicholas Long - Imperial College London - UK                                                           
  • Dr Rafael T. M. de Rosales - King’s College London - UK                                       
  • Dr François Lux - University of Claude Bernard Lyon - FR                
  • Dr Victor Goncalves - University of Bourgogne - FR
  • Dr Nathalie Mignet - University of Paris Descartes - FR                                    
  • Dr Rainer Kneuer - Novartis - CH
  • Dr Joop A. Peters - Delft University of Technology - NL

Registration, Oral presentations & Posters

Abstracts for posters and oral presentations must be submitted during registration.

A limited number of slots are available for oral presentations (20 mins), which will be selected on the basis of the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts for oral presentations should be submitted before 15th of October 2017. Participants will be notified regarding acceptance of their oral presentations by Monday, 30th of October.

Registration and abstract submission for posters will close on 15th of November 2017.


Private institutions 250 EUR
Academic participants 150 EUR
Students & PhD Scholars 75 EUR
Social dinner 60 EUR

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