Meet the CHILI faculty

The faculty members of CHILI kindly invite you to join the Conference on Hybrid Imaging Live on November 13.

Here you can read more about each speaker.


Guiding clinical therapy in oncology

Pascal Baltzer (Vienna, Austria)

Pascal A.T. Baltzer is an associate professor and section head of urogenital imaging at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He is an executive board member of the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) and serves as the EUSOBI representative within the Scientific committee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR). Dr. Baltzer is also spokesman of the urogenital working group of the Austrian X-ray society. Since July 2020 he took over the position as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Radiology.

Dr. Baltzer was trained by the late Dr. Werner Alois Kaiser, MRI-pioneer and inventor of breast MRI, at the university hospital of the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany. At that time, the department including its dedicated MRI research center was a heaven for technically interested young radiologists. After his board certification, he served as consultant and modality manager for breast imaging before moving to Vienna, Austria and taking over the section lead in urogenital radiology.

In recent years, Dr. Baltzer´s research increasingly focused on clinical oncological Gender Imaging using multiparametric MRI including MR-spectroscopy, multi-tracer PET and hybrid combinations thereof. Current projects include multinational and multidisciplinal efforts to establish imaging biomarkers and A.I. based methods in clinical practice and evidence-based integrated diagnostics.

Clemens Cyran (Munich, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Clemens Cyran is Professor of Radiology at the faculty of Medicine of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. After graduation from Medical School in Munich, Prof. Cyran assumed a position as postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Pharmaceutical and Molecular Imaging, University of California San Francisco, from 2006 to 2007 with a research focus on imaging biomarkers of therapy response in experimental oncology. Prof. Cyran completed his residency in radiology in Munich in 2013 and is also board certified in diagnostic nuclear medicine.

Between 2017 and 2019 Prof. Cyran served as vice chair of the Department of Radiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and was section chief of the hybrid imaging department. Following a period in private practice, Prof. Cyran returned to academia in July 2020 reassuming his position as vice chair at the Department of Radiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

The research focus of Prof. Cyran is the development and validation of imaging biomarkers of therapy response in oncology using multimodality hybrid imaging techniques, including MRI, multi-tracer PET and optical fluorescence imaging, with a strong translational focus. Current projects investigate methods of automated image analysis of digital molecular imaging data using artificial intelligence based algorithms as well as AI-based analytics for multidisciplinary diagnostic data in integrated diagnostics.


Guiding clinical therapy in heart, brain and kids


Juhani Knuuti (Turku, Finland)

Juhani Knuuti, MD, PhD is director and professor of Turku PET Centre, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Finland.

Professor Knuuti’s main research field is noninvasive imaging especially using PET, SPECT, echocardiography, MRI and CT. The main research focus has been on cardiovascular diseases especially coronary artery disease and heart failure. In these conditions, the focus has been in understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of these diseases as well in developing new tests for diagnosis and therapy guidance.

He has 823 publications, of which 553 are original articles and reviews. His H-index is 79 and the publications have been cited 51 630 times and 93 times per item.

He has worked actively in European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) working groups, councils and committees. He has contributed to large number clinical guidelines and chaired two ESC clinical guidelines.

He has arranged several international congresses and acts as member of editorial boards of several scientific journals. He is currently also Senior Associate Editor of European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging.

Alexander Hammers (London, UK)

Alexander Hammers has been Head of the King’s College London & Guy’s and St Thomas’ PET Centre since 2013. He is Professor of Imaging and Neuroscience at King’s.

He trained in medicine and then in Neurology in Germany, France, and the UK. He obtained an MD in MR imaging of the hippocampus, and a PhD in PET investigations in focal epilepsy, before leading his own group at the Medical Research Council’s Clinical Sciences Centre at Hammersmith Hospital, creating the large manually annotated Hammers_mith brain atlas database. As Chair of Excellence in Functional Neuroimaging at the Neurodis Foundation in Lyon, France, 2009-2014, he wrote several of the grants that established France’s first simultaneous PET-MR, before joining King’s.

Alexander’s research areas are functional imaging with PET to understand mechanisms of neurological disease, associated with structural neuroimaging using MRI and anatomical segmentation. In PET, he has evaluated several radioligands including novel ones. The ultimate goal is to benefit individual patients through the clinical application of neuroscience, including through classification and decision support with machine-learning techniques. Methodological work is underpinning all applications, particularly for simultaneous PET-MR.

Helen Nadel (Stanford, USA)

Dr. Nadel is a dual board certified Pediatric Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Physician in both the USA and Canada. She holds certifications from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, The American Board of Radiology (ABR) with certificate of added qualification in Pediatric Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM).

Dr. Nadel has been practicing as a pediatric radiologist and pediatric nuclear medicine physician and has been performing the entire breadth of nuclear medicine studies in children in a fully integrated departed of Pediatric Radiology for her entire career. Dr. Nadel currently uses PET/MR exclusively for PET imaging at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.


Guiding clinical therapy in infection and inflammation


Klaus Strobel (Lucerne, Switzerland)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Strobel ist dual board certified in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and currently head of Nuclear Medicine at Cantonal Hospital Lucerne, Switzerland. He reports on hybrid imaging studies since 2004 daily. For the last five years he was vice president of the bone & joint committee of the EANM. His main research interest is hybrid imaging, especially bone and joint SPECT/CT in orthopedic applications. He served as teacher for ESMIT courses and IDKD Davos.

José L. Vercher-Conejero (Barcelona, Spain)

Dr José L Vercher-Conejero is a nuclear medicine physician in the Department of Nuclear Medicine/PET Unit at the University Hospital of Bellvitge (Barcelona, Spain). During his training period, for his merits he was awarded a scholarship by the Official College of Physicians of Valencia and invited by the Mount Sinai Medical Hospital of New York to perform a rotation in the Department of Radiology.

He has been working at the University and Polytechnic Hospital La Fe in Valencia (Department of Nuclear Medicine – Clinical Area of Medical Imaging), being also a member of the “Biomedical and Imaging Research Group – (GIBI230)”, and carried out a fellowship in the Department of Radiology at UH Hospital/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (Ohio, USA), specializing in PET/MRI and digital PET mainly.

His interests are in oncological PET/CT, PET/MR, SPECT/CT, FDG and Non-FDG radiopharmaceuticals, and radiometabolic therapy (PRRT for NETs, endocrine disorders and endocrine oncology, treatment of bone metastases, microspheres with Y-90 for the treatment of intrahepatic tumour lesions, among others).

From March 2019, Dr Vercher-Conejero is the Hybrid Imaging Ambassador for Spain for the European Society for Hybrid, Molecular and Translational Imaging (ESHIMT).

Giorgio Treglia (Bellinzona, Switzerland)

Giorgio Treglia, PD MD MSc(HTA), is a senior consultant of Nuclear Medicine at the Imaging Institute of Southern Switzerland (Bellinzona and Lugano, CH), and Coordinator of the Research and Innovation Service at the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (Bellinzona, CH). He holds an academic position as Private Docent of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Lausanne (Lausanne, CH).

His main research field is evidence-based imaging with special focus on hybrid imaging in inflammatory/infectious diseases and oncology. He is an expert of systematic reviews and meta-analyses on PET/CT with more than 330 full-text articles published as author or co-author. He is currently listed by Expertscape among the top 3 experts worldwide in the following categories: multimodal imaging, PET, nuclear medicine, radionuclide imaging.

He is an active member of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), with engagement in several working groups, councils or committees (current member of the EANM Inflammation and Infection Committee and the EANM Scientific Program Council). He is also associate collaborator of Cochrane Switzerland, member of the PET working group of the Swiss Society of Nuclear Medicine, member of the faculty of the European School of Molecular Imaging and Therapy (ESMIT) and editorial board member for several international scientific journals.


Symposium sponsored by Siemens Healthineers


Fernando Boada (New York, USA)

Dr. Boada is Professor of Radiology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery at New York University Medical School and the Director of the Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research. Prior to joining NYU in 2012, Dr. Boada directed the MR Research Center (MRRC) at the University of Pittsburgh for ten years.

His research efforts have been focused on the development of novel MRI techniques for addressing open neuroimaging questions in a translational setting. As part of these efforts he led the development and validation of novel techniques for assessing tissue viability during evolving stroke as well as the development of sodium MRI applications for brain tumor diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring. He has also been a regular contributor to the development of Ultra-High Field MRI applications for human studies and has demonstrated the unique capabilities of this technology for mechanistic studies of Bipolar Disease.

During his tenure at NYU, he has developed novel techniques for robust and continuous cardiac and respiratory motion correction of simultaneously acquired MR/PET data, as we all, for anatomically MRI-guided reconstruction using AI. Dr. Boada He has been a reviewer of NIH grants for numerous NIH and NSF study sections including concurrent charter memberships on the Diagnostic Radiology (MEDI) as well as the NINDS Training and Career Development (NST) Study Sections, and most recently in the Clinical and molecular Imaging Probes (CMIP) study section.

He is a member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine where he has served on the Governance and Annual Program Committees. He was also inducted into the College of Fellows at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2009, named a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in 2012 and a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research in 2015.


New horizons for hybrid imaging


Thomas Beyer (Vienna, Austria)

Thomas Beyer holds a PhD in Physics and is co-developer of combined PET/CT imaging systems. He has a background in research and project management in academia and imaging industry.

Thomas graduated in Physics from the Leipzig University (Germany) and got his PhD in Medical Physics from Surrey University (UK). During his US-based studies he became involved in the development and clinical testing of the first PET/CT prototype (1992-2000) before joining Siemens/CTI PET Systems as an International PET/CT specialist.

In 2002 he became a Research Associate in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology and PET/CT project manager at Essen University Hospital (Germany). In 2006 he became Teaching Professor (Priv.-Doz.) for Experimental Nuclear Medicine at Essen, and joined timaq medical imaging Inc, a Zurich-based Imaging CRO. In 2007 Thomas moved to Philips Medical Systems as International Manager Clinical Science Nuclear Medicine. In 2008 he set up a Zurich-based consulting company for expert advise in cross-modality imaging and applications. He is appointed full professor of Physics of Medical Imaging at the Medical University of Vienna from March 2013.

Thomas is a member of various national and international Medicine organizations, a founding member of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) Physics Committee, the European Society of Hybrid Imaging (ESHI) and past Head of the New Technology working group at the Association of Imaging Producers and Equipment Suppliers (AIPES).

Roger Schibli (Zurich, Switzerland)

Prof. Dr. Roger Schibli is full professor at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zurich) since 2010, and Laboratory Head at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). He is leading the Center for Radiopharmaceutical Science (CRS), a joint endeavor between the ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the University Hospital Zurich. Prof. Schibli studied Chemistry at the University of Basel. His early research was dedicated to the development of new organometallic complexes of technetium and rhenium for potential radiopharmaceutical application. He spent two years at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a post-doctoral fellow. He was appointed assistant professor for Therapeutics Technologies at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (ETH Zurich) in 2004 and was tenured in 2009.

Prof. Schibli’s research is directed towards targeted tumor diagnosis and therapy using radiolabeled compounds. His lab emphasizes on the development of new radionuclides, identification of novel targeting molecules, and their biological and pharmacological characterization and optimization. CRS performs “bench-to-bedside” research and has the capacity to translated novel radiopharmaceutical drug candidates into clinical testing. A 177Lu-labeled peptides targeting the cholecystokinin-2 receptor developed in his lab was recently licensed to Debiopham™.  Besides, Prof. Schibli is a co-founder of the spin-off company ARARIS Biotech, developing site-specially modified ADCs.

Irène Buvat (Orsay, France)

Irène Buvat received her PhD degree in “Particle and Nuclear Physics” from Paris Sud University, France, in 1992 and oriented her career towards applications of Nuclear Physics to Medical Imaging. She spent one year at University College London, UK, and two years at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA. In 1995, she entered the French “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique”.

She is currently the head of the “In Vivo Molecular Imaging” research lab at the Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot PET center in Orsay, France. Her research interests focus on developing quantification methods to make the most of SPECT and PET data coupled with CT or MRI for understanding biological mechanisms or optimizing patient management. She has been the spokesperson of the worldwide OpenGATE collaboration developing the GATE Monte Carlo opensource simulation tool dedicated to emission and transmission tomography and radiotherapy applications for 10 years. She is currently largely involved in so-called radiomic approaches to further enhance the role of PET/CT and PET/MR in precision medicine. She has always been very active in training students and in knowledge and software dissemination and promotes open-access to high-standard research material.