Partnering to Advance Imaging Research for Underrepresented Minority Scientists Program (or PAIR-UP) was founded in 2020 and is a consortium of Black imaging scientists who use advanced microscopy in the biomedical sciences. The goal is to provide a platform for advanced training, networking, collaboration and community building for Black imaging scientists.
The PAIR-UP Advanced Imaging Workshop is designed to provide training in the following major areas:
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn: principles of operation and hands-on knowledge of using in vivo imaging modalities including PET/MRI, microCT, optical imaging and MPI. Participants will leave the workshop with firsthand knowledge of how to obtain in vivo imaging data using each of the instruments. Image acquisition, image processing, and analysis.
Imaging Equipment Used:
PET/MRI: Biospec 70/30 (Bruker) – a 7T MRI with an insert for simultaneous acquisition of PET images.
Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI): Magnetic Insight Momentum – specifically detects superparamagnetic iron oxide particles in mice and can be used for cell tracking or early cancer detection.
microCT: QuantumGX (Perkin Elmer) – suitable for all analytical CT applications and features cardiac gated imaging, an adjustable bore size that enables imaging of a wide range of species up to rabbits in size, and an energy range of 20-90 kV.
Optical Imaging – Bioluminescence and Fluorescence: IVIS Spectrum (Perkin Elmer) – this pre-clinical imaging system combines high-sensitivity in vivo imaging of fluorescence and bioluminescence, high throughput (5 mice) with 23 cm field of view and high resolution (to 20 microns) with 3.9 cm field of view.
Organizer, Dr. Anna Moore (Director, Precision Health Program, Assistant Dean, College of Human Medicine and Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology)
Dr. Erik Shapiro (Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, Associate Chair of Research)
Dr. Kurt Zinn (Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, Director of Radiopharmacy)
Dr. Ashley Makela (Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering)
Dr. Kendell Pawelec (Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology)
Dr. Chris Contag (Director, Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (@MSUIQ), Inaugural Chair and Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics)