Science Webinar Series

In vivo imaging today and tomorrow: How multimodality imaging is driving translational research

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Science  04 Dec 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6265, pp. 1270
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6265.1270-c


It has been two decades since researchers at Stanford University showed that the progression of disease can be tracked noninvasively in living animals using bioluminescence imaging. Since then, researchers have developed and utilized a variety of molecular imaging techniques employing bioluminescence, fluorescence, chemiluminescence, and Cerenkov luminescence, combined with sophisticated imaging technologies, to increase our understanding of complex diseases and develop new therapeutic solutions. More recently, optical imaging has been combined with clinical imaging technologies, such as microcomputed tomography (microCT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) to produce multimodal imaging techniques that allow molecular, functional, and anatomical data to be seamlessly merged. This technology provides a more precise and rigorous method for exploring disease models in greater depth. In this webinar, our speakers will discuss the significant impact that imaging technologies have had on biomedicine and translational research, and how bioimaging might play a role in new and emerging scientific areas.