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King's College London Course on Simultaneous PET-MR: Science and Practice 2017

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Professor Alexander Hammers, King’s College London.

Alexander Hammers; a Neurologist, is Professor of Imaging and Neuroscience and Head of PET Imaging Centre at King’s College London. He obtained an MD from the RWTH Aachen, Germany, for MR imaging of the hippocampus and a PhD from the University of London for PET investigations in focal epilepsy. His research area is medical imaging, in particular functional neuroimaging with quantified Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to understand mechanisms of neurological disease. Another area is structural neuroimaging using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and anatomical segmentation using a large manually annotated brain atlas database which his group has created over the past 15 years. The main areas of application of his research are the epilepsies and, more recently, neurodegenerative diseases. He was co-responsible for planning France’s first PET-MR at the CERMEP in Lyon and obtaining the necessary grants. He has previously organized various information events on simultaneous PET-MR, including France’s first national PET-MR course in 2013. Scientifically, he and his team have developed a working attenuation correction method for PET-MR and are embarking on the first scientific studies exploiting simultaneity with PET-MR(-EEG).


Andrew Reader is Professor of Imaging Sciences at King’s College London, based within the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. He obtained a PhD from the University of London in the field of 3D image reconstruction for positron emission tomography (PET).
His research now pursues advanced image reconstruction and modelling for PET, and more recently integration of PET with simultaneous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Particular topics include multi-parametric simultaneous PET-MR imaging, joint PET-MR image reconstruction, fully 4D image reconstruction and direct kinetic parameter estimation, particularly applied to imaging of the brain, but also for applications in cancer and heart imaging.
Before being appointed as a Professor of Imaging Sciences at King’s College London in 2015, he was an Associate Professor at McGill University (Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada) and holder of a Canada Research Chair from 2008-2015, and prior to that was a senior lecturer at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Current funded research projects he is actively working on include simultaneous PET-MR modelling and reconstruction for imaging brain disorders, as well as a computational collaborative project in synergistic PET-MR reconstruction, a UK-wide network developing software infrastructure for PET-MR image reconstruction.

Feedback from the 2016 course:
  •  Overall, the course was excellent, very well organised and the faculty is superb.
  •  As a MR radiographer who will be working on a PET/MR, I wanted to learn about the PET side as not having a physics background, I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks!
  • Great course that covered both the theory and practical side of PET/MRI.
  • Well run course
  • A great course for medical physicists, well-organised and given by people who really know their stuff
  • Well organised, active learning was definitely useful. The course gave me a great overview on MR and it enables discussions thanks to Active learning sessions.
  • Excellent primer in PET/MR