Keynote Speakers

Steven Aylward (Kitware); Visualization and Image Analysis

Stephen R. Aylward, Ph.D. is the Senior Director of Operations at Kitware's North Carolina office.  Dr. Aylward is also an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, is a member of the Pattern Recognition Society, serves on the SPIE Medical Imaging: Image Processing program committee, and is the elected president of the Insight Software Consortium - a non-profit agency that promotes the development and distribution of free software for medical image analysis.

Frank M. Bengel (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover); Clinical Translation of PET

Professor Dr. Frank M. Bengel, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of nuclear medicine and a pioneer in advanced techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) and molecular imaging. After prior faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, and at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, he accepted an offer by Hannover Medical School and started his term as the Chairman of the Department of Nuclear Medicine in January 2011. 

Christopher Contag (Stanford University); Molecular Imaging

Dr. Christopher H. Contag, is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Radiology and Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University, and a member of BioX Faculty for interdisciplinary sciences, and Immunology Faculty. Dr. Contag is the Associate Chief of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in In Vivo Imaging (SCI3) and co-director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS). Dr. Contag is a pioneer in the field of molecular imaging and is developing imaging approaches aimed at revealing molecular processes in living subjects, including humans, and advancing therapeutic strategies through imaging

Robert Gillies (Moffitt Cancer Centre); Hyperpolarized C-13 MRI

Robert J. Gillies, Ph.D. is Chairman of the Department of Cancer Imaging and Metabolism; Vice-chair for research in the Department of Radiology and Scientific Director of the Small Animal Imaging Lab (SAIL) and Image Response Assessment Team (IRAT) shared services at the Moffitt Cancer Center.  Prof. Gillies has received numerous local, national and international awards for his teaching and research. Dr. Gillies also leads a post-doctoral/resident training program in cancer imaging. His research is focused on functional and molecular imaging of cancer, specifically with an emphasis on the use of imaging to inform evolutionary models of carcinogenesis and response to therapy.