Harnessing the Power of Molecular Imaging for Precision Medicine

Event Date
Thursday, 4 April 2019 - 11:00am
Speaker/host external
Prof. Weibo Cai, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA
King's College London

BMEIS Seminar Series

The School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences Seminar Series


Weibo Cai is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Radiology, Medical Physics, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA. He received a BS degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University, China (1995) and a PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego (2004). Between 2005 and 2008, Dr. Cai did his post-doctoral research in the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS). In February 2008, Dr. Cai joined the University of Wisconsin - Madison as a Biomedical Engineering Cluster Hire, and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2014, and Full Professor in 2018. Dr. Cai’s research at UW-Madison (http://mi.wisc.edu) is primarily focused on molecular imaging and nanotechnology. Dr. Cai has authored >280 peer-reviewed articles (cited >20,000 times; H-index of 72). Dr. Cai has received many awards, including the SNMMI Young Professionals Committee Best Basic Science Award (2007), EANM Springer Prize (2011 & 2013), American Cancer Society Research Scholar (2013-2017), EANM Annual Congress Plenary Lecturer (2016), Chinese Society of Nuclear Medicine (CSNM) Annual Meeting Plenary Lecturer (2018), Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, 2018), among others. Dr. Cai has served on the Editorial Board of >20 scientific journals (e.g. Theranostics, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, etc.), and participated in many grant review panels. Dr. Cai’s trainees at UW - Madison have received ~100 awards to date, such as the 2012 Berson-Yalow Award from SNMMI, 2015 EANM Eckert & Ziegler Abstract Award, among others.


The Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (http://mi.wisc.edu/) is mainly focused on three areas: 1) development of multimodality molecular imaging agents; 2) nanotechnology and its biomedical applications; and 3) molecular therapy of cancer. In this talk, I will present our recent work on molecular imaging and image-guided drug delivery of cancer and other diseases with peptides, proteins, and certain nanomaterials. The primary imaging techniques used in these studies are positron emission tomography (PET), photoacoustic tomography (PAT), optical imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Some of the major molecular targets that we are investigating are CD105 (i.e. endoglin), PD-1/PD-L1, CTLA-4, CD146, VEGFR, integrin αvβ3, among others. The nanomaterials that will be discussed in this presentation may include silica-based nanoparticles, nano-graphene oxide, micelles, iron oxide nanoparticles, 2-D nanomaterials, hybrid nanomaterials, among many others.

Thu 4th April 2019, 12.00 to 13.00

The Large Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Lambeth Wing,

St Thomas’ Hospital.

Directions to The Large Seminar room, St Thomas’ Hospital, SE1 7EH

*The nearest tube stations are Waterloo & Westminster, both a 5 to 10 minute walk away. Please enter the hospital via the main entrance off Westminster Bridge Road and turn left onto the Lambeth Wing. Follow the corridor all the way round until you come to the lifts and take the lifts to the 4th floor. Upon exiting the Large Seminar Room is directly opposite the lifts just to the left.