Journal of Materials Chemistry B was proud to sponsor the one-day molecular imaging meeting Molecular Imaging 2016, held at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire in conjunction with the University of Warwick on Friday 15th July 2016. This meeting brought together researchers with clinical/medical associations and clinicians to present their latest work in the design and application of imaging probes, and also explored the role of the visual arts in medicine. Invited speakers included:
Prof Andrew Whittaker (University of Queensland)
Dr Angus Johnston (Monash University)
Dr Nicola Rogers (Durham University)
Dr Kristofer Thurecht (University of Queensland)
Dr Charles Hutchinson (University of Warwick/University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire)
Prof John Marshall (Queen Mary University/Barts Cancer Institute)
One of the talks, held by Dr Angus Johnston and Dr John McGhee, proved to be real show stopper. Together they presented a narrative entitled ‘Journey to the centre of the cell’ which combined the work of imaging scientists with the visual arts, specifically computer game technology. As part of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Bionano Convergent Science and Technology, a virtual reality (VR) platform has been developed from data compiled from a range of imaging modalities to construct the cell surface, internalisation processes and cell contents. They even brought a VR headset and allowed delegates to take the ‘journey’ throughout the day.
The Journal of Materials Chemistry B poster prize was awarded to Alice Harden, a PhD student at Durham University and the Materials Horizons poster prize was awarded to James Everett, a PDRA from the University of Warwick.