2016 Early Career Investigators in Imaging2018-06-29T09:57:25-04:00

The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research and the Coalition of Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) are proud to recognize the newest members of the Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI2).

The newest inductees were chosen by their CECI2 peers to receive travel awards provided by the Academy’s Academic Council to attend and participate in all events related to the 7th Annual Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research Medical Technology Showcase (Med Tech Event) on Capitol Hill.


Led by CIBR Chair Dr. Steven Seltzer and Academy President Dr. Carolyn Meltzer, they attended meetings at the National Institutes of Health to include:  The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) (pictured above along with NIBIB Director Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew PhD, MD), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the NIH Clinical Center.  Each investigator designed and presented a scientific research poster that was on display for the MedTech Event and met with their Members of Congress.  During the Medtech Event, there was opportunity to network with Congressional staff, patient advocacy groups and industry partners.

For the first time, two investigators were sponsored by CIBR patient advocacy groups.  The American Brain Tumor Association sponsored Dr. Asim Mian and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sponsored Dr. Scott Nagle.

Each of these early career investigators has a primary professional appointment in an academic Radiology Department that is a member of the Academy’s Academic Council (ARRAC), and was nominated by their Department Chair or Vice Chair for this prestigious honor.

Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD, Chair, Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging

University of California, San Diego

Research Poster: Evaluating Breast Cancer Cellularity with MRI

Participating in the Showcase over the last few years has been an annual highlight.  The relationships that many of us early career investigators have built with colleagues, luminaries in our fields, industry partners, and on the Hill, have led to new collaborations and a stronger voice for radiology research.-Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD


Mark Bolding
Mark Bolding, PhD

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research Poster: MRI Visible Capsules for Ultrasound Induced Targeted Drug Delivery


Jaydev Dave
Jaydev Dave, PhD, DABR, MS

Thomas Jefferson University

Research Poster: Noninvasive Real-time Intra-cardiac Pressure Estimation Using Subharmonic Signals from Ultrasound Contrast Agents

Wonderfully, professionally executed event to advocate for increases in funding towards biomedical imaging and radiology research. Got to share our innovative research and its potential impact with policy makers on Capitol Hill, and engage their attention towards supporting and funding research at the local and national levels. Developing collaborations with other fellow researchers from around the country at this event was a bonus!-Jaydev Dave, PhD, DABR, MS


Seena Dehkharghani
Seena Dehkharghani, MD

New York University

Research Poster: Non-invasive Brain Thermometry in a Non-human Primate Model of Acute Ischemic Stroke


Adam Eggebrecht
Adam Eggebrecht, PhD

Washington University School of Medicine

Research Poster: Optical Imaging of Brain Function. Developing Safe, Portable, and Wearable Optical Methods for Mapping Human Brain Function in Clinical Settings Beyond PET or Functional MRI


Participating in the Medical Technology Showcase as a CECI2 member of CIBR provided me a unique perspective on the circle of relationships central to translating imaging technology from the bench to the clinical bedside. The events in DC shined a unique light on how policy affects federal funding that directly impacts basic and applied research that touches the lives of patients and their families who in turn powerfully advocate for better policy. Being a part of this shared conversation was a fascinating experience.-Adam Eggebrecht, PhD


Terence Gade
Terence P. Gade, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Research Poster: Metabolic Imaging of Dormant Cancer Cells

The CIBR Medical Technology showcase provided an amazing opportunity to highlight the central role that imaging and bioengineering research play in advancing healthcare. In bringing together representatives from our rich community of researchers, leadership, and patient advocates, it was thrilling to experience firsthand how the showcase informed and impacted our congressional leadership. -Terence P. Gade, MD, PhD


Manu Goyal
Manu Goyal, MD, MSc

Washington University School of Medicine

Research Poster: Using PET and MRI to Determine how the Human Brain Ages

Attending the CIBR event for the first time, I was struck by how important advocacy efforts are and their influence on imaging research. The meeting gave a real ‘insider’ look into how the NIH and Congress operate and how we can encourage support for our passion to improve biomedical imaging. I thought the event was a great success, in large part because of all the wonderful people involved ranging from Radiology department residents to chairs, researchers, patients, and patient advocates, as well as the NIH and industry leaders!-Manu Goyal, MD, MSc


Ajay Gupta
Ajay Gupta, MD

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical College

Research Poster: MRI of Atherosclerosis to Aid in the Diagnosis and Prevention of Stroke


UC Irvine
Eduardo Hernandez-Ragel, MD, & Wanda C. Marfori, MD, MBA

University of California Irvine

Research Poster: Clinical Outcome of Upsized Percutaneous Catheter Drainage for Necrotizing Pancreatitis

At UCI, we take an active role in improving patient care through imaging interventions – simple modifications make a lot of difference. We thank CIBR for a great technology showcase event in DC. Your work does make a huge impact in the advancement of  imaging research!-Eduardo Hernandez-Ragel, MD, & Wanda C. Marfori, MD, MBA


Jayender Jagadeesan
Jayender Jagadeesan, PhD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Research Poster: Image-guided Surgery and Therapy

The Showcase was an incredible opportunity to meet with the leaders of NIH, patient advocates, as well as congressional members and staff. It was a great experience working with a team of young researchers to advocate for greater federal funding for medical imaging and bioengineering research. Although a lot more could be done to support imaging research, it was heartening to see the senators and congressman from Massachusetts working hard to increase NIH funding for imaging-based diagnosis, therapy and interventions.-Jayender Jagadeesan, PhD


Asim MIan
Asim Mian, MD

Boston University/Boston Medical Center

Research Poster: The Use of Normal Saline (NS) as a Safe, Inexpensive and Detectable Contrast Agent for MRI in the Brain

The advocacy work done by CIBR is critical in explaining to members of Congress the importance of funding imaging research and how crucial this is for patient care and for diagnosing and potentially curing devastating diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  It was an enriching experience to be a part of this process. -Asim Mian, MD


Courtney Moreno, MD

Emory University

Research Poster: Development of Prepless MR Colonography as a Non-invasive Screening Test for Colorectal Cancer for the Detection of Polyps and Cancers

The 7th annual Medical Technology Showcase was a terrific opportunity to discuss imaging advances with congressional staffers, patient advocates, industry representatives, and radiology leaders.  It was truly inspiring to be around so many enthusiastic investigators, and the deeply personal talks from the patient advocates reminded us why it is so important to continually work to improve patient care with imaging. -Courtney Moreno, MD


Scott Nagle, MD, PhD

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Research Poster: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cystic Fibrosis: A Safe Imaging Biomarker of Both Lung Structure And Function

It was exciting to see the clear synergies between bringing together academic, industrial, and patient advocacy groups at the CIBR Medical Technology Showcase. This showcase very effectively brought together those in the field with the legislative staff who help form policy. -Scott Nagle, MD, PhD


Christin Sander
Christin Sander, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Poster: Simultaneous PET/MRI: How Multi-modal Imaging Technology can Unravel the Molecular Mechanisms of Brain Function, Brain Disorders and Evaluate their Therapeutic Interventions

Taking part in the MedTech Showcase was not only educational but also an inspiration and motivation for pushing forward new ideas in medical imaging research. Our interaction with congressional staff and funding agencies gave us a voice to explain the impact of innovative medical technology and our contributions to address today’s challenges in medical diagnosis and treatment. Thanks to CIBR for bringing us from the lab to the Hill! -Christin Sander, PhD


Jadranka Stojanovska
Jadranka Stojanovska, MD, MS

University of Michigan Health System

Research Poster: Imaging of Obesity And Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

CIBR is a great networking event to learn about innovation in imaging and its value in patient care!-Jadranka Stojanovska, MD, MS


Archana Venkataraman
Archana Venkataraman, PhD

Yale University

Research Poster: Mathematical Framework to Characterize the Altered Cognitive Pathways in Autism via Functional MRI Data

“Coming from academia, the Hill visits were like stepping into another world. It was interesting to see the range of influences that go into policymaking.” -Archana Venkataraman, PhD


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