EMIM 2023


Singing in the brain:  an in-vivo MRI perspective on songbirds
Professor Emerita and Founder of the Bio-Imaging Lab at the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the University of Antwerp
Annemie Van der Linden

Annemie Van der Linden received her PhD in Biology in 1989. She became emerita since January 2022 and before that she was the Head of the Bio-Imaging Lab. The core interest of her lab was high resolution MRI of the brain focusing on neurodegeneration, neuroplasticity and ageing using small rodents and songbirds as model systems. Annemie and her colleagues developed an MRI toolbox to study neurodegeneration, -modulation and -plasticity that has led to many international collaborations and publications. Her team pioneered (f)MRI in tiny songbirds as a remarkable model for vocal learning and neuroplasticity. She published 300 peer-reviewed publications of which 45 on the use of MRI in songbirds. 

Read more about her work here


The Need for Speed: The power of measuring in-vivo dynamics with high-speed imaging and microscopy
Herbert and Florence Irving Professor, Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology (Physics) @ Columbia University
Elizabeth M.C. Hillman

Professor Hillman trained in Physics and Medical Physics at University College London, and completed post-doctoral work at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She moved to Columbia University in 2006 to establish the Laboratory for Functional Optical Imaging. Her research program encompasses the development and application of high-speed imaging techniques that use light and optics to capture information about living tissues, particularly the living brain. Her major contributions include the development of dynamic contrast enhanced small animal molecular imaging (DyCE) and swept confocally-aligned planar excitation (SCAPE) microscopy, an approach to high-speed 3D light sheet microscopy through a single objective lens. She has also leveraged high-speed multi-spectral wide-field fluorescence and reflectance imaging approaches to study neural dynamics and neurovascular coupling in the brains of awake behaving mice. Recent recognitions for her work include the 2020 Royal Microscopical Society Mid-Career Scientific Achievement Award and the 2018 SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award. 

Read more about her work here


Reconstructing embryos with stem cells to understand the mechanisms of self-organisation 
Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Biological Engineering, Mammalian Embryo and Stem Cell Groups, University of Cambridge, UK & Caltech Pasadena, USA
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Magdalena carried out her Ph.D. at the University of Warsaw, Poland. In 1993 she received the Young Scientist Prize from Foundation for Polish Science and moved to Cambridge, UK in 1995 to study the mechanisms of regulative nature of development and spatial patterning in the mouse embryo. In 1997 she was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Lister Institute to start her independent group at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK. In 2010, she had become Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology and three years later Magdalena she was awarded as Fellow of British Academy of Medical Science.

Read more about her work in Cambridge here & about the Caltech Group here


Label-free molecular imaging with coherent Raman microscopy in endoscopy
CNRS Research Director at the Fresnel Institute in Marseille, France
Hervé Rigneault

Hervé Rigneault was recruited by CNRS in 1995 to work on light emission in optical microcavities for quantum optics applications. In the early 2000s he became interested in the detection of individual fluorescent molecules and started to work at the interface between physics and biology. His initial work on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy evolved towards nonlinear imaging and more particularly coherent Raman imaging in microscopy where he developed both fundamental, instrumental and applied aspects. In the 2010’s his work evolves towards the development of endoscopes allowing to activate nonlinear contrasts like 2photon fluorescence, harmonic generation and coherent Raman.

Read more about his work here

Basic Timeline
  • 11 Oct. | Opening Abstract Submission
  • 22 Nov. | Deadline Abstract Submission
  • 4 Jan. 2023 | Notification to Presenters
  • 18 Jan. 2023 | Deadline Early Registration