Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) imaging Expert Series


We welcome you to an exclusive webinar series with experts from around the world. Kannie Chan, Steffen Goerke, Mike McMahon, and Daisy Villano met virtually to discuss the facets of CEST that they each will present, so that their talks perfectly complement each other.

Webinar Series

October 28, 2021
Image molecules using CEST MRI: basics and application
Prof. Kannie Chan

Imaging molecules in vivo has a pivotal role in prognosis, diagnosis and monitoring treatments. Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) MRI reveals many endogenous and exogenous molecules in their natural forms and hence provides ample opportunities to address both preclinical and clinical needs, such as in cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Prof. Kannie Chan

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
and Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Prof. Kannie Chan is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at City University of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Faculty at Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on the development of biomaterials and imaging approaches to facilitate clinical translations of cancer therapy and cell therapy, and early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases. She developed imaging of glucose using CEST-MRI, which has many implications in diseases in the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

November 18, 2021
Deeper insights into selective CEST-MRI and applications in cancer imaging
Dr. Steffen Goerke

CEST-MRI is an emerging molecular imaging technique enabling the detection of biomolecules in vivo with a resolution comparable to conventional MRI. A deeper understanding of the underlying CEST phenomenon allows extracting particular signal components of interest, and thus, the improvement of specificity.

Dr. Steffen Goerke

Steffen Görke heads the CEST imaging research group within the Medical Physics in Radiology Division of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany. His almost ten years of CEST-MRI research spans multiple field strengths (3 T to 14.1 T) and applications ranging from preclinical basic research to clinical application as well as theoretical and analysis methods. 

December 9, 2021
Characteristics of organic compounds producing strong CEST contrast and how to use these for cancer and kidney imaging
Dr. Michael T. McMahon

CEST MRI is a powerful method to visualize the presence of organic molecules with amplification of their signal through the exchange transfer of signal loss to water. Since the inception of this field, a number of molecules have been identified with appropriate labile protons for producing strong MRI contrast. 

Dr. Michael T. McMahon

Dr. Michael T. McMahon has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and is Associate Professor(2012), Radiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the F.M Kirby Research Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is chief editor of: “Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Imaging: Advances and Applications,” CRC press.

9th International Workshop on Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST 2022)

August 7th - 10th, 2022
Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

Join us and others at the international Workshop on Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer in Atlanta to continue building knowledge on CEST and to provide a platform for scientific exchange. We are proud to support the development of CEST and the translation into clinical practice.

For more information, please visit the organizer website