1st International Training School on PET-MRI Engineering

May 13-16, 2014, Technological Education Institute of Athens, Greece
 


General DescriptionApplication ProcessStudents SupportAccomodationVenue | Committees | Contact | Tentative program | Detailed program | School Events

General Description

The COST Action TD1007: "Bimodal PET-MRI molecular imaging technologies and applications for in vivo monitoring of disease and biological processes" organizes the "1st International Training School on PET-MRI Engineering". The School will focus on the Software and Hardware aspects of PET/MR technology and is open for Masters and early PhD students, interested in this interdisciplinary, emerging topic. The training school will take place in Athens, from May 13th to May 16th 2014.
Members of the COST Action TD1007 and young lecturers will share their experience on PET/MR basics, Multimodality Image Processing, Simulation tools for PET and MR,  Reconstruction & Corrections for PET and MR, Pulse Programming in MR, Kinetic Modelling for PET and MR, as well as their combination.
The Training School will be held only a few days before the annual International Conference:  3rd Conference on PET/MR and SPECT/MR, which will take place between 19th and 21st May 2014 in Kos island, Greece. Thus Training School participants can benefit by also attending this event.

Application Process
The maximum number of students will be 25, since hands on training will be also be provided. Students interested to apply for attending the school should send i) a short motivation letter and ii) a short CV to gloudos[at]teiath[dot]gr.
The deadline for applications is April 15th, 2014.
The aim of school organizers is to have a fair geographical distribution, thus the selection process will take into account the participation of students from different countries and laboratories, as well as gender balance issues.

Students Support
There will be
no registration fee and the COST Action will support students with a fixed grant of 500€, towards travelling and accommodation expenses.

Accommodation
The accommodation will be at Hotel President, which has offered room availability for all and good prices. The hotel is very close to a metro line, which connects to the School Venue and 10 min from the center and all places to visit. Also the area around the hotel is rather alive in the night for a "last drink"!


Venue
The School will be held in Demokritos Research Center (www.demokritos.gr). Demokritos is a big research institute inside a forest, at the foot of the Imittos mountain. More directions on how to reach Demokritos can be found here. To enter Demokritos you normally have to leave your ID or passport. We will provide a list of all school attendants and tutors, so that we speed up the process. The school will take place in the main Conference Center of Demokritos. It is the first building after the entrance on the left. There are some stairs and then we reach the School amphitheater.
On Tuesday, we will pick you up and the meeting point is at President Hotel lobby at 8:15 and for those that do not stay at President it can be at 8:30 at PANORMOU metro station. We will take the Blue line towards the Airport and we will descend at NOMISMATOKOPIO metro station. From there we take bus B5, which passes every 5-10min and leaves us just outside Demokritos campus. This is the daily route and normally it will not take more than 40min or maybe only 30.

Local Organizers
George Loudos, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece
Theodora Christopoulou, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece
Eleftherios Fysikopoulos, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece
Maria Georgiou, BET Solutions, Greece
Panagiotis Papadimitroulas, BET Solutions, Greece
Dimitra Papoutsoglou, BET Solutions, Greece

Organizing Committee
Liliana Caldeira, Research Center Juelich, Germany
Brian Hutton, University College London, United Kingdom
Charalampos Tsoumpas, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Dimitris Visvikis, LaTIM, INSERM UMR1101, France

Advisory Committee
Nicola Belcari, University of Pisa, Italy
Edoardo Charbon, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Antonio Gonazalez Martinez, Universitat Politechnica de Valencia, Spain
Stefaan Vandenberghe, Ghent University, Belgium

Contact
For application to the school or questions, you can send an e-mail to
George Loudos at gloudos[at]teiath[dot]gr.

Tentative Program


Tuesday 13 May 2014

Introduction to the Training Course: George Loudos, Athens (30 minutes)
General introduction to PET, factors affecting quantificationHarry Tsoumpas (ppt), Leeds & Mattia Veronese (ppt), KCL (1.5 hours)
General introduction to MRI and factors affecting image qualityKaveh Vahedipour, Juelich (1.5 hours)
General overview of issues in PET/MRI as background for focus on software: Hadi Fayad (ppt), Brest (1.5 hours)
Multimodality Image ProcessingMathieu Hatt (ppt), Brest (1 hour)


Wednesday 14 May 2014

Simulation Theory on PETJulien Bert (ppt), Brest (1.5 hours)

PET simulation softwareJulien Bert, Brest & Panagiotis Papadimitroulas (ppt1, ppt2), Patras (1.5 hours)

Simulation Theory on MR: Kaveh Vahedipour, Juelich (1.5 hours)

MR simulation PracticalKaveh Vahedipour & Liliana Caldeira, Juelich (1.5 hours)

Thursday 15 May 2014

Reconstruction & Corrections for PETKris Thielemans (ppt), UCL & Harry Tsoumpas (ppt), Leeds (1.5 hours)

Demonstration of STIR: Thielemans, Kris Thielemans (ppt) UCL & Harry Tsoumpas, Leeds & Elisabetta Grecchi, KCL (1.5 hours)

PET Kinetic Modelling Theory: (Mattia Veronese (ppt), KCL (1.5 hours)

PET Kinetic Modelling Demonstration of SoftwareMattia Veronese & Elisabetta Grecchi (ppt),  KCL (1.5 hours)

Friday 16 May 2014

Iterative reconstruction & Pulse Programming in MRNikos Dikaios (ppt), UCL (1 hour)

Opportunities for combined PET-MR Kinetic ModellingMattia Veronese (ppt), KCL (1 hour)

MR Kinetic Modelling: Demonstration of SoftwareNikos Dikaios (ppt), UCL (1 hour)

General overview of hardware for PET/MRI as background for hardware component including a practical demo: Maria Georgiou, TEIA & Eleftherios Fysikopoulos (ppt), TEIA (2 hours)

Closing Lecture & Next Years’ plan for Training Course: George Loudos  (30 minutes)

Detailed Program

Tuesday 13 May 2014

9:30-10:00

Introduction to the Training Course: Dimitris Visvikis, Brest & George Loudos, Athens

10:00-10:45

10:55-11:40

General introduction to PET, factors affecting quantification: Harry Tsoumpas, Leeds & Mattia Veronese, KCL

11:50–12:35

General introduction to MRI and factors affecting image qualityKaveh Vahedipour, Juelich (part I)

12:35-13:35

Lunch break

13:35-14:20

General introduction to MRI and factors affecting image qualityKaveh Vahedipour, Juelich (part II)

14:30-15:15

15:25-16:10

General overview of issues in PET/MRI as background for focus on software: Hadi Fayad, Brest

16:20-17:20

Multimodality Image ProcessingMathieu Hatt, Brest

 

Wednesday 14 May 2014

9:30-10:15

10:25-11:10

Simulation Theory on PETJulien Bert, Brest

11:30-13:00

PET simulation softwareJulien Bert, Brest & Panagiotis Papadimitroulas, Patras (Practical)

13:00-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-14:45

14:55-15:40

Simulation Theory on MR: Kaveh Vahedipour, Juelich

16:00-17:30

MR simulation PracticalKaveh Vahedipour & Liliana Caldeira, Juelich

 

Thursday 15 May 2014

 

9:30-10:15

10:25-11:10

Reconstruction & Corrections for PETKris Thielemans, UCL & Harry Tsoumpas, Leeds

11:30-13:00

Demonstration of STIR: Thielemans, UCL & Harry Tsoumpas, Leeds & Elisabetta Grecchi, KCL

13:00-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-14:45

14:55-15:40

PET Kinetic Modelling Theory, Mattia Veronese, KCL

16:00-17:30

PET Kinetic Modelling Demonstration of SoftwareMattia Veronese & Elisabetta Grecchi, KCL

 

Friday 16 May 2014

9:30-10:30

Iterative reconstruction & Pulse Programming in MRNikos Dikaios, UCL

10:40-11:40

Opportunities for combined PET-MR Kinetic ModellingMattia Veronese, KCL

12:00-13:00

MR Kinetic Modelling: Demonstration of SoftwareNikos Dikaios, UCL

13:00-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-16:15

General overview of hardware for PET/MRI as background for hardware component including a practical demo: Maria Georgiou, TEIA & Eleftherios Fysikopoulos, TEIA

16:30-17:00

Closing Lecture & Next Years’ plan for Training Course: George Loudos

School Events
Welcome drink on Monday evening
Since most of the School attendants will be in Athens on Monday we can organize a welcome drink on the roof of President Hotel bar (Penthouse 21 - Skyscraper Pool Bar & Restaurant). We can meet directly on the top of President at 20:00, so that we will have the chance to see Athens from above and also the interesting shift from day to night. There we will have the chance to get to know each other, meet the tutors.

 


School Dinner on Wednesday evening
We have arranged the official dinner at Aschimopapo Tavern (Ugly Duckling). This is a small tavern in Petralona area, which is another hot spot of the city, at the foot of Acropolis hill. There is access via Petralona metro. The dinner will be offered by the hosts and we will all have the chance to taste several Greek traditional dishes in a house-style.


Other evenings
We have also some suggestions for all evening of the School, so that tutors and students can spend more time together. Those are only some suggestions and you can refer to the "Surivor Guide" that has been provided.