The premise is really simple: each time the fantastic hosts Tim and Giannis invite one senior academic to discuss their favourite publication from the recent literature.
Pour yourself a nice glass of wine and join us as we delve into recent literature, and perhaps learn a little from the minds that have shaped the field.
We’ll find out what caught their eye, and why it is worth taking a closer look at this particular publication. Along the way, we will learn about their publication strategies and possibly even glimpse into the future of this amazing field of research.

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Edition #4: Zaver M. Bhujwalla, Baltimore

In this episode we discuss how targeting fibroblasts rather than tumour cells may be an effective strategy for both surgical guided resection and as an anti-cancer therapy with Tim’s “academic grandmother”, Zaver Bhujwalla. We discovered Zaver’s roots as a physicist and mathematician, learned about her (unpredictable) interest in cancer metabolism and how she combines tools to develop a powerful in vitro diagnostic test.

Selected publication:

Design and characterization of fibroblast activation protein targeted pan-cancer imaging agent for fluorescence-guided surgery of solid tumors
Mukkamala R, Lindeman SD, Kragness KA, Shahriar I, Srinivasarao M, Low PS. J Mater Chem B. 2022 Mar 23;10(12):2038-2046. doi: 10.1039/d1tb02651h.

About the Guest

Zaver Bhujwalla serves as Director of the Division of Cancer Imaging Research, Vice-Chair of Research, and Director of the Molecular Imaging Center and Cancer Functional Imaging Core at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore

Her work is dedicated to the applications of molecular and functional imaging to understand and target cancer and the tumour microenvironment. With over 200 publications in the field, Zaver is certainly one of the pioneers and visionaries who have significantly shaped the field and inspired and mentored generations of (future) imaging scientists. Read more about her work/lab here.

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About the Hosts

Tim Witney is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Reader in Molecular Imaging at King’s College London’s School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. His Group’s research focuses on the development of next-generation imaging tools for cancer diagnosis, monitoring of therapeutic response, and detection of drug resistance. Tim has been serving as member of the ESMI Board since 2018.

Giannis Zacharakis is a Principal Researcher at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser – Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH – IESL) in Heraklion, Crete and the Head of the Laboratory for Biophotonics and Molecular Imaging. Giannis was elected as ESMI Vice President in 2018 and served as President from 2019 to 2020.

Tim Witney, London & Giannis Zacharakis, Heraklion

About the music

  • Andreas Jacobs – violin
  • Jacob Niller – accordion
  • Wolfgang Platen – contrabass

All of you who attended the EMIM 2021 in Göttingen certainly remember Andreas – one of the society’s founding fathers and past presidents – on stage playing the violin. Together with two young, talented musicians, he recorded Olecht Konflytt* again for the special occassion of becoming the “Dive into Imaging Science” theme – we could not be more grateful!

*composer: Guido Jäger “Olecht Konflytt”

LATEST Edition | 02/2023

Guest:
Zaver M. Bhujwalla, Baltimore

Design and characterization of fibroblast activation protein targeted pan-cancer imaging agent for fluorescence-guided surgery of solid tumors
Mukkamala R, Lindeman SD, Kragness KA, Shahriar I, Srinivasarao M, Low PS. J Mater Chem B. 2022 Mar 23;10(12):2038-2046. doi: 10.1039/d1tb02651h

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