From a Student's Perspective: Expanding Knowledge at the 2016 Summer School

Last week, IsoSiM students attended the 2016 IsoSiM/HGS-HIRe Summer School in Schmitten, Germany. Here's what IsoSiM student Jessie Fu has to say about her experience.

Isotopes for Science and Medicine | IsoSiM | TRIUMF | UBC | Summer School

After a long flight from Vancouver, Canada to Frankfurt, Germany, the IsoSiM/HGS-HIRe Summer School officially started on July 25, 2016. Students and researchers from all over the world, including Canada, Germany, Australia, and the United States, gathered in a small town called Schmitten to share their enthusiasm and knowledge about radioisotopes.

The summer school lectures covered a large variety of interesting topics, ranging from fundamental nuclear and accelerator physics to applications in nuclear medicine, ocean science and material science. Students were able to enrich their knowledge in their own field, as well as learn about the basic physics and diverse applications of various isotopes outside their field.

As a student in Medical Physics, I was particularly interested in the nuclear imaging research projects at the University of Tuebingen preclinical imaging center. In the field of neurology, simultaneous PET/MR has been proven to be a useful non-invasive technique to study brain functions and tumour development and treatment in small animals and humans. PET imaging provides excellent functional information, while MR imaging provides anatomical guidance. Tuebingen is one of the very few institutions worldwide that has this highly innovative imaging equipment. By simultaneous acquisition, many of the confounding parameters such as anaesthesia effects or animal physiology and brain state can be kept constant for both modalities. In particular, researchers from Tuebingen have shown that the brain resting-state networks could be visualized by both blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD-fMRI) imaging and also [18F]-FDG-PET imaging. This combined information from both modalities would be valuable for basic scientists investigating brain networks, but also for clinical translation as a potential early diagnosis marker of brain diseases compared to classical methods.

Apart from the lectures, students and researchers were also able to communicate their research and socialize with each other during the two poster sessions and various social events. Overall, this summer school has been a great opportunity to communicate and collaborate with researchers around the world and exchange our knowledge about radioisotopes.

Isotopes for Science and Medicine | IsoSiM | TRIUMF | UBC | Summer School

See here for more information on the 2016 IsoSiM/HGS-HIRe Summer School. 

Liz Montroy