Panellists

Federica Agosta Milan, Italy
Javier Arbizu Pamplona, Spain
Frederik Barkhof Amsterdam, Netherlands
Henryk Barthel Leipzig, Germany
David Brooks Newcastle, United Kingdom
Maria Carrillo Chicago, United States of America
Gaël Chételat Caen/Frankreich
Jack Clifford Rochester, United States
Alexander Drzezga Cologne, Germany
Anders Martin Fjell Oslo, Norway
Giovanni Frisoni Geneva, Switzerland
Valentina Garibotto Geneva, Switzerland
Karl Herholz Manchester, United Kingdom
Brian Hutton London, United Kingdom
Adrian Lammertsma Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ian Law Copenhagen, Denmark
Silvia Morbelli Genua, Italy
Flavio Nobili Genoa, Italy
Agneta Nordberg Stockholm, Sweden
Wim Oyen London/United Kingdom
Osama Sabri Leipzig, Germany
Philip Scheltens Amsterdam, Netherlands
Elsmarieke van de Giessen Amsterdam, Netherlands
Victor Villemagne Heidelberg, Australia
Henrik Zetterberg Mölndal, Sweden
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Federica Agosta

Federica Agosta took her Post-Degree Graduation in Neurology in 2008 and PhD in Experimental Neurology in 2012. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and Group Leader at the Division of Neuroscience, Ospedale San Raffaele (OSR), Milan, where she conducts research in patients with neurodegenerative conditions. She has a broad background in clinical neurology and neuroimaging, with specific training and expertise in MRI and neurodegenerative diseases. During her PhD at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (2009-2012), she dealt with several aspects of pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases using MR techniques, with particular interest in young onset dementia and ALS. Her research has led to the publication of over 200 Pubmed-referenced papers. She is Section Editor of the NeuroImage: Clinical journal. In 2016, she has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

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Javier Arbizu

Dr. Javier Arbizu is currently Professor of Radiology and Radiobiology, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Navarra, and Director of Neuroimaging and Radionuclide Therapy Unit, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Navarra Clinic. Pamplona, SPAIN
He completed his nuclear medicine residency at University of Navarra Clinic, Spain; research residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, US; and research fellowship at UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, US.
Dr. Arbizu participates and leads different projects in the field of Alzheimer disease, parkinsonian syndromes and brain tumors. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging, and vice-chairman of the Neuroimaging Committee of the EANM participating actively with clinical scientific societies to develop new uses and guidelines of molecular neuroimaging. He is also member of the SNMMI, involved in the Board of Directors of the Brain Imaging Council.

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Frederik Barkhof

Frederik Barkhof received his MD from VU University, Amsterdam (NL) in 1988 and defended his PhD thesis in 1992, for which he received the Philips Prize for Radiology (1992) and the Lucien Appel Prize for Neuroradiology (1994). Since 2001 he serves as a full Professor in Neuroradiology at the department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine at VUmc. In 2015 he was appointed as full Professor of Neuroradiology at institutes of Biomedical Engineering and Neurology at UCL in London (UK) to translate novel imaging techniques. In 2018 he received the John Dystel prize by the US National MS Society and the American Academy of Neurology outstanding contributions to research in MS.

Prof. Barkhof was the chairman of the Dutch Society of Neuroradiology and the MAGNIMS study group for many years. He is leading the Queen Square MS Centre Trial Unit and serves on the Editorial boards of Radiology, Brain, Multiple Sclerosis Journal, Neuroradiology and Neurology.

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Henryk Barthel

Henryk Barthel, MD, PhD, is Professor and Assistant Medical Director of the Department of Nuclear Medicine of the University Hospital Leipzig (Germany). He underwent training in Nuclear Medicine in Heidelberg and Leipzig. From 2000 to 2003 he worked as a Research Fellow at the Imperial College Hammersmith Hospital in London (UK). Prof. Barthel’s current preclinical and clinical research activities focus on new PET imaging techniques to improve diagnosis and treatment in Alzheimer’s disease and stroke, as well as on hybrid brain PET/MR imaging. To support the general progress of nuclear brain imaging, he served as President of the SNMMI Brain Imaging Council, and is a Member of the EANM Neuroimaging Committee. He is Associate Editor for The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

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David Brooks

David J Brooks MD DSc FRCP(UK) FMed Sci (UK) is Professor of Clinical PET Research at Newcastle University and Professor of Neurology at Aarhus University, Denmark., He is Chairman of the European Research Council Advanced Neuroscience Panel and is on the Grant Awards Board of Alzheimer Research UK, the Biomedical Research Advisory Panel of Alzheimer UK, and was on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Parkinson’s UK, and the German Dementia and the Parkinson Kompetenz Networks. He is an Associate Editor of Brain and Molecular Imaging and Biology and is on the Editorial Board of Annals of Neurology, He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science, UK and his research involves the use of PET and MRI to study the pathology and progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. He has been a recipient of the Ramon Y Cajal award from the Spanish Medical Academy, the Danish Alzheimer Foundation Prize, and the Kuhl-Lassen award (Society of Nuclear Medicine).

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Maria Carrillo

Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., is Chief Science Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Carrillo has oversight of the Association’s grant-making process and communication of scientific findings within and outside of the organization.

Dr. Carrillo was on the Advisory Committee for the World Health Organization Dementia Setting Priorities & Portfolio Analysis. She is a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging, which advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Directors of the U.S National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Carrillo received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s Institute for Neuroscience in 1996. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she later took a position as an assistant professor.

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Gaël Chételat

Gaël Chételat (PhD, HDR; www.gael-chetelat.fr) is Director of Research at Inserm. She is responsible of a research team named «Multimodal Neuroimaging and Lifestyle in Ageing and Dementia». She has published more than 150 articles on neuroimaging in ageing and dementia. Her work is devoted to the understanding of the mechanisms underlying ageing and dementia processes and the lifestyle factors that could prevent or delay age-associated disorders. The specificity of her team is to conduct studies combining complementary neuroimaging modalities, including structural and functional MRI with PET using different radiotracers, and to develop innovative multimodal neuroimaging approaches to disentangle complex mechanisms of diseases or cognitive processes. Her research team is also interested in promoting healthy ageing and wellbeing through non-pharmaceutical interventions. In particular, Gaël Chételat is coordinating an H2020 European grant (www.silversantestudy.eu, PHC22, 2015-2020) that will investigate the impact of English learning and meditation training on mental health and well-being in ageing populations.

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Jack Clifford

Clifford R. Jack Jr., M.D., is engaged in brain imaging research in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Dr. Jack’s research group employs imaging to study the biology of brain aging and cognitive impairment. They also develop image-processing algorithms for quantitatively measuring the information obtained from brain imaging. They employ a variety of brain imaging modalities including anatomic MRI, MR spectroscopy, functional connectivity MR, diffusion MRI, FDG PET, amyloid PET, and tau PET.

Dr. Jack’s group serves as the MR center for several large multi-site observational and interventional studies including ADNI and A4. He has received the Potamkin Prize from the American Academy of Neurology, ISMRM Gold Medal, MetLife Foundation Award, RSNA Outstanding Researcher Award, and is a member of the Association of American Physicians and the American Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine).

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Alexander Drzezga

Alexander Drzezga is Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital of Cologne and full Professor at the University of Cologne. He received his MD degree from Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany and is a board certified nuclear medicine physician since 2003. Since 2005 he has been Assistant Professor for Nuclear Medicine of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at TUM. In 2009, he joined the Martinos Center for Biological Imaging, Harvard University, Boston, USA as a Visiting Professor. In 2011, he was awarded a “Heisenberg-Professorship” for Multimodal Imaging at TUM, Munich, Germany. In October 2012, he accepted a position as Professor and Chair of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on multimodal neuroimaging (PET/CT, MRI, fMRI, PET/MR) in aging and neurodegeneration, on development and evaluation of novel tracers/radiopharmaceuticals, on molecular/multimodal imaging for therapy monitoring in oncology and personal

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Anders Martin Fjell

I working as a professor of cognitive psychology at the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition, University of Oslo, Norway. My research focus is to contribute to understand what happens to the brain and cognitive functions through life, and what we can do about it. A major principle of our research is that most changes in the brain are continuous through life, so that early influences may have lifelong impacts. Consequently, we may get a better understanding of neurocognitive aging by also looking at development. We study large samples of cognitively healthy participants, but also groups with biomedical risks and patients like Alzheimer’s Disease. A special interest is development and aging of episodic memory

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Giovanni Frisoni

Clinical neurologist, Full Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and Head of the Memory Clinic of the Geneva University Hospital. Former Scientific Director at the National Alzheimer’s Centre in Brescia, Italy, leads a team of 25 imaging scientists in Italy and 10 scientists in Geneva. Author of over 500 scientific papers listed in PubMed, imaging editor for Neurobiology of Aging, and founding editorial board member of The Lancet Neurology. Has led national and international projects funded by the European Commission, IMI, the Alzheimer’s Association, Italian and Swiss Ministry of Health, and industry. Over the years, he has attracted about 30M euros in competitive research funds. Chairman of Alzheimer’s Imaging Consortium at International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in 2010 and 2011. Honorary member of the Austrian Neurological Society and of the French Society of Neurology, he has received the 2016 Investigator Award Winner of EAN

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Valentina Garibotto

Dr. Valentina Garibotto is senior physician and senior lecturer at the Geneva University and Geneva University Hospital. Her research group works on molecular imaging of neurodegenerative diseases, with a specific interest in causative and protecting factors and novel therapeutic approaches (https://www.unige.ch/medecine/radio/en/groupes-de-recherche/984garibotto/). Her research projects are mainly supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Velux Stiftung and the Aetas foundation. She is Secretary of the Neuroimaging Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and actively involved in a number of European initiatives fostering molecular imaging of cognitive disturbances, such as the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium PET, the European-Dementia with Lewy Body study group and the AMYPAD initiative. She’s teaching molecular imaging at the pregraduate and postgraduate level in national and international courses.

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Karl Herholz

Karl Herholz is Professor in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Manchester, UK. He has been leading clinical neuroscience research at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre with particular research interest in PET for early diagnosis and prevention of dementia and imaging of gliomas. Before joining Manchester University he worked as a clinical neurologist and professor of neurology at University Hospital and the Max-Planck Institute for Neurological Research in Cologne, Germany.
He has served in leading roles in international multicentre PET studies, including the EU-funded Networks on Diagnostic Molecular Imaging (DiMI), Imaging of Neuroinflammation in Neurodegenerative Diseases (INMiND) and the European Medical Information Framework on Alzheimer’s Disease (EMIF-AD, IMI/FP7). He is also PI on a partnership grant for the MR-PET imaging network of the Dementia Platform UK and was a member of the Medical Research Council Neuroscience and Mental Health Board.

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Brian Hutton

Brian Hutton is Professor of Medical Physics in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Science at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London (UCL). He has worked in Nuclear Medicine since 1975, originally based in teaching hospitals of the University of Sydney. From 2004-17 he directed a research group at UCL with emphasis on SPECT system design, reconstruction in emission tomography and image processing to enable quantification in multi-modality imaging. He has published more than 250 papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and 17 book chapters. He is also one of the developers of the IAEA Distance Assisted Training Programme for Nuclear Medicine Professionals and continues to assist with its coordination. He was co-recipient of the 2014 IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award in recognition of his role in development of maximum likelihood reconstruction leading to its widespread and effective use in healthcare.

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Adrian Lammertsma

Prof. Adriaan A. Lammertsma, PhD, has been active in PET research since 1979, when he joined the MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital in London. Apart from a sabbatical year at UCLA, Los Angeles, he stayed in London until 1996, when he moved to the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. Over the years his research focus has been the development and application of tracer kinetic models for quantitative PET studies with applications in neurology, cardiology and oncology. In addition, he was one of the first to recognise the value of PET in both drug development and precision medicine. He is the 2012 recipient of the Kuhl-Lassen Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the 2015 recipient of the ESMI Award from the European Society of Molecular Imaging. Adriaan Lammertsma is co-author of nearly 500 peer reviewed paper,

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Ian Law

Ian Law, Professor, Chief Physician, Ph.D, DMSc., is chairman of the Neuroimaging Comittee, European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), Member of the “PET Response Assessment in Neurooncology (RANO) working group” under the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), European Association of Neurooncology (EANO), and Society of Neurooncology (SNO). Member of the Danish Neurooncology group (DNOG).
Primary research interests is clinical implementation of PET/CT and PET/MRI with focus on dementia, neurooncology, and Parkinsons disease. Basic research is performed in cerebral blood flow.

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Silvia Morbelli

Silvia Morbelli (MD, PhD) is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Genoa. She works as Nuclear Medicine physician at San Martino University Hospital since 2007. She obtained a PhD in Applied Neurosciences in 2010. She has made contributions related to the use of neuroimaging tools as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in the earliest and preclinical stages of Neurodegenerative Dementia and Parkinsonian Syndromes. She is especially interested in the use of Molecular Imaging to disclose networks underlying different clinical phenotypes as well as brain reserve in Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Diseases. She is since 2015 member of the Neuroimaging Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine.

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Flavio Nobili

Flavio Nobili is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Genoa (I), Dept of Neuroscience. He leads the dementia management team at the IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino in Genoa. Member of the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium steering committee, past member of the EANM Neurimaging Committee, he is involved in the European DLB Consortium. He is leading the neurology study group of the Italian Association of Nuclear Medicine. Principal investigator in pharma clinical trials in AD and DLB for more than 10 years. He has received research support to study biomarkers in MCI and AD from the European Commission (FP 5; FP 7; Innovative Medicine Initiative; JPND). He is actively involved in management of dementia patients and in reporting of brain molecular imaging exams. He has guided the intersocietal group of panelists from EANM and the EAN to deliver the 2018 recommendations for the use of FDG-PET in dementia. Author or co-author of 282 peer-reviewed publications.

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Agneta Nordberg

Dr Agneta Nordberg obtained her MD and PhD at Uppsala University, Sweden. She is Professor in Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet and Senior Consultant ,Theme Aging, Karolinska University Hospital ,Stockholm. Member of ENCP executive committee 2004-2007,Member of Nobel Assembly 2010-2015 and has obtained several prizes and rewards . Dr Nordberg has been pioneering in the development of amyloid imaging and molecular imaging using multi-tracer PET concept for in vivo pathological studies in patients. She is leading international forefront translational research with focus on understanding underlying pathophysiological processes in brain for Alzheimer´s disease and related disorders and development of early diagnostic biomarkers and new treatment strategies. Dr Nordberg has published over 450 scientific original articles and reviews. She has supervised over 25 PhD students and 24 international post docs. Dr Nordberg has PI for more than 15 clinical trials.

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Wim Oyen

Professor Wim Oyen was appointed Professor of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at The Institute of Cancer Research and Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine of The Royal Marsden Hospital London, UK in 2015. Before he was Professor of Nuclear Medicine at the Radboud UMC Nijmegen, The Netherlands, serving as Head of the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Director of the Research Institute for Oncology.
His main research interests are molecular imaging in oncology and infectious diseases and radionuclide therapy of cancer. He is the (co-)author of more than 600 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He is currently actively involved in the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (President-elect, past-Congress Chair), the European Cancer Organisation (Past-Treasurer), the International Cancer Imaging Society (President-elect). He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine and the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

 

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Osama Sabri

Osama Sabri, MD, PhD is full University Professor, Director and Chairman of the Dept. of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He has served as the President of the SNMMI Brain Imaging Council from 2013-2014, and as President of the DGN Neuro-Council from 2003-2008. He has been awarded numerous prizes including 1) the KFAS Prize 2005 also known as the “Arabian Nobel Prize” of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) in the field of nuclear medicine, 2) the Ludo van Bogaert Award 1995 of the World Federation of Neurology, and the EANM, 3) the DGN-Mallinckrodt Award for nuclear medicine and the DGN-Brahms Award for thyroid disease, both in 1999, and 4) the Kuhl-Lassen Award of the SNMMI 2014. He is author of 325 original publications, and the principal investigator of several industry, internationally and nationally supported research programs focusing on dementia and has received over 20 million € in official research grants.

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Philip Scheltens

Prof. Dr. Philip Scheltens studied at the VU University Amsterdam, gaining his MD in 1984, and PhD (Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Alzheimer’s disease) in 1993. Since 2000 he is Professor of Cognitive Neurology and Director of the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam. His main interests are AD, FTD, MRI, PET imaging and fluid biomarkers. He is active in the field of biomarkers and clinical trials and has been the national PI for many studies, including phase 1-3 multicenter clinical trials. He founded and directs the Alzheimer Center since 2000, from which over 55 PhD theses have appeared since then. In 2013, he co-founded the Dutch national plan against dementia and serves as vice-chair of the board since then. He has authored over 850 peer reviewed publications (H-factor is 103). In 2011, he was elected as member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and serves as Secretary General since 2015. In 2016 he was awarded the European Grand Prix for Alzheimer’s Research.

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Elsmarieke van de Giessen

2008 Medical Degree
2012 PhD Degree (cum laude) – Imaging of the dopamine and serotonin system in obesity, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
2012-2014 Post-doctoral research fellow, Imaging of the dopamine system in schizophrenia and substance abuse, Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York (USA)
2014 – present Resident in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam
2014 – present Research fellow, Imaging of the dopamine and glutamate system in treatment-resistant schizophrenia, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam
2015 – present member of EANM Neuroimaging Committee

SCIENTIFIC FOCUS
Neurotransmitter imaging (PET, SPECT, MRI)
Psychiatric disorders
Parkinsonisms

CLINICAL FOCUS
Parkinsonisms
Dementia

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Victor Villemagne

A/Prof Villemagne graduated Cum Laude from the National University of Buenos Aires in 1983. He continued his post-graduate studies at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, NIDA, NIH, and at the University of Pittsburgh.
A/Prof Villemagne has authored several book chapters and more than 260 original publications on PET research in leading international peer-reviewed journals. Among other honours, he has received the JAAME Fellowship from Japan (2007), the de Leon Prize in Neuroimaging by the Alzheimer’s Association of America (Boston, USA, 07/2013), the Christopher Clark Award for the Continuing Advancement in the Field of Human Amyloid Imaging, Miami (USA, 01/2014), and the Kuhl-Lassen Award by the Society of Nuclear Medicine (USA, 6/2018). Since 2016, he has been recognized as one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters (based on his citations being in the top 1% in the world in the field of Neuroscience).

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Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg is a Professor of Neurochemistry at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and University College London, UK, and a Clinical Chemist at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. He is Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry at the University of Gothenburg, and his main research focus and clinical interest is fluid biomarkers for central nervous system diseases, Alzheimer’s disease in particular. He has published more than 900 papers and has received numerous awards.