PET from A to Z: Comprehensive Workshop

A 4-day workshop for PET imaging and analysis

For questions, please contact the program organizers:

alexey.kostikov [at] (Prof. Alexey Kostikov), iness.hammami [at] (Iness Hammami), and paul.gravel2 [at] (Paul Gravel)


McConnell Brain Imaging Centre

Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

3801 University St., Montreal (Canada)


May 30 - June 2, 2016

Target audience:

Students, researchers and staff that would like to learn more about PET and how it can be used to answer neuroscience questions.

Participation fees:

  • 4-day course: General-$1,000; McGillians-$750; Students-$500

  • Any 2 days: General-$600; McGillians-$450; Students-$300

  • First day only: General-$150; McGillians-$120; Students-$75

*Due to popular demand, registration for Day 3 and Day 4 has been increased to a maximum 20 people. Spaces are filling quickly.

*Laptop computer is required for Day 4.

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Program at a glance:

Day 1: Introduction of the basics of PET as a brain imaging technique

Introduction and Clinical Applications of PET: Application of the PET imaging modality in clinical nuclear medicine

Radiotracers by Design: Overview of existing biomarkers and perspective of new targets

Keynote presentation (part of the Brain Imaging Lectures series) - Dr. Peter Herscovitch, Chief of PET Department, NIH Clinical Center: Contributions of PET to Basic and Clinical Neuroscience: Highlights of the PET contribution to understanding of the normal and pathological brain physiology and development of the new therapies

Physics of Signal Detection: History of PET hardware development at the MNI

PET in Parkinson's Disease Imaging: PET tracers of PD: Dysregulation of metabolism and dopamine system

Day 2: Overview of PET applications in basic and clinical neuroscience research

PET in Stroke Imaging: PET tracers of metabolism, CBF, neuronal loss and neuroinflammation, [18F]FDG, [15O]H2O, [18F]Flumazenil, [18F]PBR06

PET in Psychiatry Imaging: Monoaminergic Neurotransmission: PET tracers of dopamine and serotonin neurotransmission systems, [11C]Raclopride, [18F]Fallypride, [11C]AMT, [18F]MPPF

PET in Neurodegenerative Dementias: AD and FTD Imaging: PET tracers of protein aggregates ([11C]PIB, [18F]T807), metabotropic glutamate receptors ([11C]ABP) in humans and animal models

PET in human locomotion imaging: PET imaging as a modality to study whole-brain functional activity during human movement.

Day 3: Interactive tour through cyclotron, radiochemistry and PET imaging facilities

Cyclotron: Principles of Particle Acceleration: Why do protons spin and how medical radioisotopes are produced

Tracer Production: Challenges of Radiochemistry: How tracers are made in the lab, radiation safety, regulations

Interactive Tour Through the Radiochemistry Facility: Meet the cyclotron in person and operate radiochemistry module

Data Acquisition and Image Reconstruction: Theoretical principles of the data acquisition and image processing

Interactive Tour Through the PET Imaging Facility: Lay down in the PET camera and acquire phantom scan

Day 4: Hands-on training in data analysis and tracer pharmacokinetics

Introduction to Linux for PET Imaging: Basics of Linux commands and tools for PET image processing

Hands-on Training: Exercises in PET image processing

Tracer Kinetic Modeling Overview: Tracer pharmacokinetics: Compartment models in PET

Hands-on Training: Exercises in tracer pharmacokinetic modeling


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