Conventions and Congresses

23rd IRIST Congress

The next Internaltional IRIST Congress will be hosted in Lausanne (Switzerland) from 27 to 28 of May 2016.
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More news to come soon.

The 22nd IRIST meeting - Cancun, Mexico

The 22nd IRIST (International Research group on Immunoscitigraphy and Therapy) meeting took place in Cancun, Mexico in the last August 2014. Such beautiful location was chosen to allow participants to attend also the 11th Congress of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology. The scientific program covered many important aspects of pre-clinical and clinical nuclear medicine, with top level speakers. Young scientists from all over the world were able to present their recent findings and abstracts were published on a special issue of The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging published in 2015.

The 21th IRIST meeting

The 21th IRIST (International Research group on Immunoscitigraphy and Therapy) meeting took place from October 31s until November 2nd, 2012, at Bertinoro Castle, Italy.
Congress President, Prof. Dr. Richard P. Baum had chosen this beatiful Italian location to allow members to attend the conference just after their participation at the EANM Congress in Milan. The scientific program was mainly assembled by Prof. Baum with help of IRIST Secretary Prof. Dr. Alberto Signore.
16 invited speakers gave excellent lectures on basic research, dosimetry and therapy of lymphoma, neuroendocrine tumours (NET), thyroid cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer. An important part of the congress was devoted to diagnostic imaging with radiolabelled antibodies and peptides in the field of oncology. This report summarizes the main scientific information shared during the 21th International IRIST congress. More can be seen by the enclosed abstracts to this supplement of the Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, the official journal of IRIST society.

Prof. Dr. Rudi Dierckx delivered the meeting keynote address, emphasizing the role of nuclear medicine on personalized treatments that shoud maximize therapeutic effects while minimizing disease burden taking into account the individual disease signature. To this regard, radiolabelled antibodies and peptides have opened a route towards personalized medicine by facilitating drug discovery, diagnosis, therapy stratification and evaluation of therapy efficacy.
Subsequently, J. Harvey Turner from Fremantle, Australia and Jasna Mihailovic from Sremska Kamenica, Serbia gave two important “state of the art” lectures focusing on the treatment of lymphoma followed by the oral presentation of Dr. Martina Sollini from Pisa, Italy on the diagnosis of thymic cancer using radiolabelled 68Ga-somatostatin analogues and 18F-FDG.

The focus of Day 2 was on the diagnostic and therapeutic use of radiolabelled peptides and antibodies in prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, NET, thyroid cancer, with key lectures presented by Stanley J. Goldsmith (New York, USA), Jean-François Chatal (Nantes, France, one of the founders of IRIST), Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk (Krakow, Poland, IRIST Past-President), Jasna Mihailovic (Sremska Kamenica, Serbia), Stefano Fanti (Bologna, Italy), Richard Baum (Bad Berka, Germany) and Jorge A. Carrasquillo (New York, USA). Worth to be mentioned in particular is the lecture of Prof. Dr. Anna Wu (Culver City, USA) from Imaginab (official sponsor of the meeting together with Excel Diagnostics), on the importance of imaging tumour immunology and cancer microenvironment. This topic was also covered in part by Alberto Signore, Filippo Galli and Anna Rapisarda (Rome, Italy) in 3 different presentations that focused on several targets for imaging tumour micro-environment including angiogenesis, apoptosis, and infiltrating immune cells as a marker for the development of new tailored therapies for increasing host response to cancer cells.
The day continued after lunch with an excellent session on dosimetry with invited lectures presented by Marco Chianelli (Rome Italy), Marta Cremonesi (Milan, Italy) and Matthias Blaickner (Seibersfeld, Austria) focusing on biological and personalized dosimetry.

The third day was mainly focused on radio-immune targeting of cancer with the lectures of Giovanni Paganelli (Milan, Italy) on pretargeting without antibodies in breast cancer, Chaitanya Divgi (New York, USA) on radioimmunotargeting of renal cancer and Paola Erba (Pisa, Italy) on a new radioimmunotherapy approach of solid and hematological cancers with radiolabelled anti-fibronectin and anti-tenascin antibodies.
The congress closed with a session dedicated to imaging tumour micro-environment with oral presentations of selected abstracts.

Overal, 50 members from 15 countries participated in the conference and the general member assembly, and of course to the relaxing social dinner in a typical local restaurant where we tasted the wonderful specialties of this land of Romagna.

21st IRIST Congress

21st International Congress will be in Bertinoro Castle, (BO), Italy, from 31st October – 2nd November 2012.

Congress President
Richard P. Baum

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FROM DOSIMETRY TO BIOLOGICAL EFFECT: RADIOBIOLOGY AS GUIDE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE

In collaboration with COST BM0607 – Final Action congress

Grand Hotel Parco del Sole, Sorrento, Italy
5 - 8 November, 2011

3 days congress + 1 day practical course on biological dosimetry
Links: www.nuclearmedicinediscovery.org

PRESENT AND FUTURE OF CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Hotel Baia delle Zagare,
Mattinata (FG), Italy
4-6 September 2011

A top meeting sponsored by IRIST in a wonderful location. The program includes the participation of leading scientists, clinicians and radiologists, in the fields of Neurology, Cardiology, Oncology, Infection, Therapy.
Furthermore, two clinical sessions will be dedicated to pharmaceutical companies that will present their pipeline products and strategies.
Links: www.nuclearmedicinediscovery.org

1st World Congress on Ga-68 and PRRNT

We would like to invite you to participate in the 1st World Congress on Gallium-68 and Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRNT) which will take place on June 23-26, 2011 in Bad Berka, Germany. This Congress, co-organized by the Department of Nuclear Medicine/PET Center, Zentralklinik Bad Berka and the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, is targeted to all chemists, physicians, and investigators dealing with generators, PET radiochemistry as well as molecular imaging and radio-nuclide therapy.
Attendance should be particularly useful to those who are new in the field or are interested in broadening their understanding of the rapidly developing research and clinical applications of Ga-68 and other generator-produced PET radioisotopes, new PET radiopharmaceuticals as well as PRRNT.
The congress aims at both - to educate and to offer a unique forum for high level scientific discussions on the recent developments in the exciting field of THERANOSTICS. We expect outstanding speakers from all over the world who certainly will give fascinating insights in their research and clinical work, thus creating new ideas and concepts on the way to personalized medicine.
A number of companies have already accepted our invitation to participate in the Industry Exhibition which will present the latest technological developments in generator technology and Ga-68 modules, devices and labeling strategies.
In addition, the congress offers the opportunity for a “Hands-on Training Course” on 68Ge/68Ga generators and for learning the practical principles of 68Ga labelling procedures. This course is organized (for a limited number of participants) on June 27-29, 2011 at the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.
Aside from the congress activities you have the opportunity to explore Weimar, the city of Goethe and Schiller, and the European Capital of Culture in 1999. Exchange ideas and have interactions with colleagues from around the world - and make new friends!
We are looking forward to meet you in Bad Berka and hope and expect that you will have an unforgettable stay!
Sincerely,

Prof. Dr. med. Richard P. Baum
Prof. Dr. sc. nat. Frank Rösch
Links: www.1stworldcongress-ga-68.de

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20th IRIST Congress 2010

The 20th IRIST congress will take place in Groningen (The Netherlands) 7-10 April 2010.
Congress President is Prof Rudi A. Dierckx.
See congress webpage for further details or contact Marjolijn de Hooge at: m.n.de.hooge@apoth.umcg.nl

Links: http://www.umcg.nl/agenda/evenementen/Pages/20thMeetingoftheInternationalResearchgroupinImmuno-ScintigraphyandTherapy.aspx

1st PET/CT Course, Rome (Italy) 20-23 January 2010

The aim of this course is to join Radiologists, Nuclear Medicine physicians and Radiotherapists for teaching CT and PET fusion in diagnosis and therapy. The course has a theorical and a practical session covering different topics:
- GEP/NET TUMORS
- HEAD&NECK TUMORS
- CHEST TUMORS
- BREAST, CERVIX; PROSTATE TUMORS
- LIVER TUMORS AND THERAPY
- INFLAMMATION/INFECTION
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WFNMB 2010

The World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology and the local organising committee takes great pleasure in inviting you to attend the 10th Congress of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from:
18 – 23 September 2010.
We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town!
Links: http://www.wfnmb2010.co.za/article/home_35

EANM 2009

Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine
October 10-14, 2009 – Barcelona, Spain.
We would like to remind our members that soon there will be the annual congress in Barcelona, Spain a modern city keeping proudly it’s tradition but with an eye to the future. Barcelona boasts the new BIOPOL which is a leading institute in biomedical research. There are also two recognised medical schools and five university hospitals.
The 2009 congress aims to attract scientists from various parts of the world, in order to exchange ideas. The congress is the major European Nuclear Medicine event of this year and should not be missed as will deal with contributions from all over the world which represent the best in nuclear Medicine research. The programme will not only be of fundamental interest to Nuclear Medicine but also other specialties.

Dates & Deadlines
Key Dates
April 12, 2009
Deadline for submission of abstracts
May 22, 2009
Notification of acceptance of abstracts
May 29, 2009
Deadline early registration
October 2, 2009
Deadline advanced registration
(after this date onsite registration only)
October 10, 2009
Opening ceremony and welcome reception
October 14, 2009
Closing ceremony and farewell party

Congress venue
Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB)
GL events CCIB, SL
Rambla Prim 1-17
08019 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34-(0)93-230 10 00
Fax: +34-(0)93-230 10 01
E-mail: ccib@ccib.es
URL: www.ccib.es

3rd MC and WG meeting of the COST-BM0607 action

Dear Colleagues,
we will have our 3rd meeting in Krakow (PL), June 24 and 24. All information and details can be obtained in the COST-BM0607 website.
You need to free register to access this page.
Links: www.irist.org/bm0607/meetings.php

19th IRIST Congress 2008

Dear IRIST Members, friends and colleagues,
It is a pleasure for us to invite you to the 19th Meeting of the International Research group in Immuno-Scintigraphy and Therapy (IRIST).
The meeting will be held in the historical city of Krakow, Poland, from June 25th to 28th, 2008.
The scientific programme of the meeting provides the most up-to-date lectures presented by the best experts in the field of immuno-scintigraphy and therapy. Your contribution will surely add to the symposium high scientific standard.
Krakow, the most beautiful of the Polish cities, will surprise you with its changing face. The medieval structure of the Main Square and modern way of life of the city centre make the mixture, which is hard to forget.
We invite you to visit the meeting web-site www.irist2008.cm-uj.krakow.pl. You will find there among other information the preliminary programme of the symposium.
We want to remind you some of the important dates of the symposium:
• Deadline for abstracts is April 1st, 2008
• Early bird registration deadline is April 30th, 2008
Looking forward to meeting you in Krakow.

Prof. Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

Prof. John Buscombe
President of IRIST

Links: www.irist2008.cm-uj.krakow.pl/