Thursday March 26th

Zoom Meeting Room 1
8:30 – 8:40

Opening Remarks


Amber Simpson, ImNO 2020 Scientific Committee Chair

8:40 – 9:25

Keynote Session


Chairs: Giles Santyr and Charles Cunningham


Clinical Hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI: past, present, and future
Bastiaan Driehuys, Duke University

9:25 – 10:25

Poster Session

Zoom Meeting Room 1
Zoom Meeting Room 2

1 - Cellular and Molecular Imaging    


2 - Lung Imaging      


Chairs: Michelle James and Veronica Dubois


Chairs: Bastiaan Driehuys and Lauren Smith

10:25 – 10:39 1-1

Whole-body Detection of Metastasizing Cancer Cells in Preclinical Animal Models

Nivin N Nyström, Robarts Research Institute


Comparison of Automated to Manual Histology Quantitation of Regional Lung Tissue and Blood Fractions in a Rat Model of Rili

Jordan D Fliss, Hospital for Sick Children

10:39 – 10:53 1-2

Trimodal cell tracking in vivo: Combining iron- and fluorine-based MRI with MPI to monitor the delivery of mesenchymal stem cells and the ensuing inflammation

Olivia C Sehl, Robarts Research Institute


Computed Tomography Airway Tree Tortuosity Features Predict Functional Small Airway Disease in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Daniel Genkin, Ryerson University

10:53 – 11:07 1-3

Evaluating survivin-driven tumour-activatable minicircles for prostate cancer theranostics

TianDuo Wang, Robarts Research Institute


Relationships between Computed Tomography Texture Features and Visual Scoring of Emphysema in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Wai Tai Lui, Ryerson University

11:07 – 11:21 1-4

Evaluation of two 11C-labeled cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and COX-2 radioligands for PET imaging of ovarian, breast, and pancreatic cancer xenograft mouse models

Amanda Boyle, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Comparison of PREFUL and Hyperpolarized Xenon gas MRI Ventilation Distributions in Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease

Samal Munidasa, Hospital for Sick Children

11:21 – 11:35 1-5

Prostate specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography for the identification of intra-prostatic tumors: investigating targeting guidelines for focal therapy and guided biopsy

Ryan M Alfano, Western University


Identifying Functional Information Determinants in Thoracic Computed Tomography Images Using Machine Learning

Maksym Sharma, Robarts Research Institute

11:35 – 11:49 1-6

Developing Magnetic Resonance Reporter Gene imaging: Co-localization and Interaction of Magnetotactic Bacteria Genes mamI and mamL

Qin Sun, Lawson Health Research Institute


Supervised shallow learning of 129-Xe MRI texture features to predict response to Anti-IL-5 biologic therapy in severe asthma

Marrissa McIntosh, Robarts Research Institute

11:49 – 13:00


Zoom Meeting Room 1
13:00 – 13:45

Keynote Session


Chairs: Maged Goubran and Rebecca Sullivan


Tracking immune activation and invasion in neurological diseases using PET
Michelle James, Stanford University

Zoom Meeting Room 1
Zoom Meeting Room 2

3 - Machine Learning in Cancer Imaging


4 - Image-Guided Interventions 1


Chairs: Chetan Srinidhi and Amoon Jamzad


Chairs: Ali Khan and Natasja Janssen

13:45 – 13:59 3-1

A Deep Learning-based Method for Generalized Prostate Segmentation in 3D Ultrasound

Nathan Orlando, Robarts Research Institute


Evaluation of a mixed-reality first person point of view needle navigation system

Leah Groves, Robarts Research Institute

13:59 – 14:13 3-2

Tissue component segmentation and cancer detection on digitized prostatectomy slides using convolutional neural networks

Laurie Huang, Baines Imaging


Proteus: An Open Source Software Platform for Modulated Therapy with MRgHIFU

Ben Keunen, Hospital for Sick Children

14:13 – 14:27 3-3

Prediction of tumour mutational burden of squamous cell carcinoma using histopathology images of surgical specimens

Salma Dammak, Western University


A mechatronic needle-tracking system for image-guided breast biopsy using positron emission mammography and ultrasound

Claire K Park, Robarts Research Institute

14:27 – 14:41 3-4

Visualization of Clinically Significant Prostate Cancer Using Multi-stream U-Nets

Alireza Sedghi, Queen's University


Reinforcement learning approach for video-based task recognition in central venous catheterization

Rebecca Hisey, Queen's University

14:41 – 14:55 3-5

Computer Aided Detection and Evaluation of Renal Masses in Computed Tomography Images Using Deep Learning Methods

Fatemeh Zabihollahy, Carleton University


Development of a Surgical Simulator for Spinal Decompression Procedures using Virtual Reality  

Yukun Zhang, Sunnybrook Research Institute

14:55– 15:09 3-6

Masking Risk Predictor for Screening Mammography using a Convolutional Neural Network

Theo S Cleland, Sunnybrook Research Institute


Localizing high-dose-rate interstitial gynecologic brachytherapy needles intraoperatively using automatic segmentation approaches

Jessica R Rodgers, Robarts Research Institute

15:09 – 15:20


Zoom Meeting Room 1
15:20 – 16:05

Keynote Session


Chairs:  Amber Simpson and Jessica Rodgers


Through the Keyhole - Soft and Continuum Robots for Surgical Applications
Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, University of Toronto