The Tissue Microstructure Imaging GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
The Tissue Microstructure Imaging GRC is a unique forum for scientists whose primary area of research is the determination of cellular and sub-cellular biological tissue properties using magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, optical and electron microscopy, photoacoustics and other modalities. The same tissue, viewed through the prism of different imaging modalities, looks distinctly different, as each of them has its own unique scope of relevant tissue parameters and scales. The fundamental objective of the meeting is to offer a unifying look at the tissue microstructure based on all available complementary vantage points and to stimulate cross-pollination and validation of different imaging techniques, models and analysis tools. The practical objectives are to compare different imaging methods from the point of providing accurate, robust and biologically relevant assessment of tissue microstructure and function, pathological and developmental changes, and response to treatment.
The 2019 inaugural GRC had established a vibrant community of scientists open to communicating their methods to other imaging modalities. Our goal for 2023 is to build on this enthusiasm and uncover, explore and exploit complementarities and synergies, to help us validate and cross-validate our methods. To build interdisciplinary connections, the invited speakers will be specifically asked to address the two questions: (i) What unique tissue characteristics can my modality deliver and with what degree of certainty, and (ii) What are my modality's unmet needs that other modalities could potentially help with. The discussion sessions will be focused on an in-depth discussion of useful synergies and unresolved problems, that could spur future collaborations. While formally belonging to different departments and disciplines, scientists aspiring to image tissue microstructure have more in common than some may realize. This meeting will help us borrow and adapt methodologies of image reconstruction, modeling and validation of tissue architecture and function, to make tissue microstructure imaging greater than the sum of its parts.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 19, 2022. Please check back for updates.
- Particles and Cells
- Beating the Diffraction Limit
- Making Use of Diffraction
- MRI as an In Vivo Microscope
- Imaging Brain Structure
- Imaging Brain Function
- Brain Microstructure and Behavior
- Synergies Between Imaging Modalities
- Microstructure in Medicine and in Everyday Life