Scan Times

Weblog of the Department of Radiology

January 2010

Awards and Honors II: January 29, 2010

geneser_100.jpgSarah Geneser, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Radiological Sciences Laboratory, has been awarded a Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Stanford School of Medicine, to model the impact of hormone replacement therapy on breast cancer risk and progression to better understand the physiological effects on breast tumor development. She is working with Dr. Sylvia Plevritis to investigate the impact of mammography screening and treatment on breast cancer incidence and survival. Dr. Geneser received her PhD in computer science from the University of Utah in 2008.

Awards and Honors I: January 29, 2010

RakowPenner_100.jpgRebecca Rakow-Penner, MD/PhD candidate in biophysics and graduate student in the Radiological Sciences Laboratory, has been selected as a finalist for the Young Investigators’ W.S. Moore Award in clinical science. Finalists will be given the honor of presenting their papers at the upcoming Joint Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine-European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ISMRM-ESMRMB), which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, May 1-7, 2010. Ms. Rakow-Penner will give a presentation on her work entitled, "Detecting Blood Oxygen Level Dependent Contrast in the Breast." An article based on her research project is under consideration for publication by the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Before coming to Stanford, Ms. Rakow-Penner received her MS in bioengineering from the California Institute of Technology and her SB in engineering with an emphasis on biomedicine from Harvard University, where she also completed a senior honors thesis entitled "Design of Detector Coils for Improved Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Breast." As a graduate student at Stanford, Ms. Rakow-Penner is developing unique MRI technology for breast imaging. She has already published 4 articles and 11 peer-reviewed abstracts on her work. In addition, Ms. Rakow-Penner has received the California Breast Cancer Research Program Dissertation Award, ranking highest in her review section for this honor. Her other numerous activities include serving as the president for the Radiology Interest Group at Stanford and working as the legislative ambassador for the American Cancer Society of Northern California, which involves meeting with legislators to encourage them to support cancer research funding.

Awards and Honors: January 13, 2010

vandenbroucke_100_2010.jpgArne Vandenbroucke, PhD, postdoctoral scholar in the Molecular Imaging Instrumentation Lab, received a three-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) of the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for his research proposal entitled "Commissioning and Characterization of a Dedicated High-Resolution Breast PET Camera." The goal of the proposed project is to construct and to commission a PET camera, dedicated to breast imaging with a state-of-the art resolution of 1mm3. Additionally, the camera will employ a novel detection concept, yielding a better detection sensitivity and resulting in shorter patient scanning times. Such a camera could apply the benefits of PET imaging at an earlier stage in breast cancer management.

Dr. Vandenbroucke received his PhD in experimental particle physics from Gent University in Belgium. Before coming to Stanford, he worked on the HERMES experiment, researching the spin structure of the nucleon at the DESY (Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron or the "German Electron Synchrotron") in Hamburg, Germany. When he is not in the lab, he likes spending his time outdoors sailing, snowboarding, or traveling. For his prior blog postings, please access;; and

207-Pound Donation Made by the Lucas Center

During our Fourth Annual Lucas Center Food Drive, we collected and donated 207 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed those in need. Thanks to the wonderful coordination efforts of Donna Cronister, the Lucas Center administrative services manager, who organized our food drive and to all of the generous donations of our colleagues! To read about last year's food drive, please access

Awards and Honors: January 7, 2010

Ren_100.jpgYing Ren, MD, radiologist at Sheng Jing Hospital of China Medical University and postdoctoral scholar in the Translational Molecular Imaging Lab headed by Dr. Juergen Willmann, has received the 2010 Stanford Dean’s Fellowship for her research proposal entitled "Evaluation of Activity and Remission of Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Molecular Targeted Microbubble-Enhanced Ultrasound in a Mouse Colitis Model."

Dr. Ren received her MD from Peking Union Medical College, where she specialized in the early detection of pancreatic cancer using multiple imaging modalities. Her current research focuses on the multimodality molecular imaging of angiogenesis in tumor and inflammation, which will be helpful for the early detection of disease and the monitoring of treatment.

Awards and Honors: January 6, 2010

Fan_Minogue.jpgHua Fan-Minogue, MD, PhD, Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars Program (SMIS) Fellow in the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab, was awarded a Travel Fellowship from the Helena Anna Henzl Gabor Young Women in Science Fund to attend the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 101st Annual Meeting 2010. The Henzl-Gabor Travel Fellowships are awarded to postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated a positive attitude through professional teamwork and collaborations with other scientists.

Dr. Fan-Minogue's research in Dr. Sam Gambhir's laboratory focuses on developing novel bioluminescent imaging sensors to detect and monitor key cell signaling pathways involved in disease progression and tumor development. These sensors are genetically encoded imaging reporters, which can be introduced into cells and transgenic animals to spy on disease and cancers noninvasively, dynamically, and repetitively. In collaboration with pediatricians and oncologists on campus, Dr. Fan-Minogue has applied these sensors to investigate insulin signaling in diabetic cardiomyopathy as well as oncogene signaling in tumorigenesis. These sensors provided insight into cancer-specific molecular machinery within the context of the whole animal. Dr. Fan-Minogue also aims to apply them to facilitate targeted cancer therapy and drug development.

Dr. Fan-Minogue received her medical training in Peking Union Medical College in China. She then obtained her PhD in microbiology and cell biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she investigated molecular mechanisms and performed the functional analysis of translation termination in eukaryotes in Dr. David Bedwell's laboratory. Featured in Molecular Cell, Dr. Fan-Minogue's work provided the scientific basis for developing drugs against genetic diseases caused by premature stop codon.

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