Anschutz Health Sciences Building. Photo courtesy of ZGF Architects © Connie Zhou


“Imaging Behind The Barrier, And Beyond — A Life In A BSL Facility”

May 29-31, 2024

CU Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, CO

Hosted by the University of Colorado Cancer Center Animal Imaging Shared Resources

Organizers: Dr. Natalie Serkova, Jenna Steiner, and Dr. Soudabeh Kargar

Pre-Conference PET/MR Workshop on the morning of May 29th
(more details will be announced soon)

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Is this your first time attending the Preclinical Imaging Consortium (PIC)? Below is a brief description of the format. Please revisit this page as we continue updating the details of the event. You will see “To Be Announced (TBA)” for the details that will be updated soon.

Conference Location

The conference will held be at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora, Colorado.

Registration and Sponsors

Registration is free for attendees from non-profit organizations, thank you to the generous support of our sponsors. Registration materials will be available from 14:00 on Wednesday, May 29, in the lobby of the Anschutz Health Sciences Building (AHSB).

Gala Dinner and Reception

We will hold a gala dinner, location TBA, but will be within walkable distance from the conference location and your hotels.

Vendor “Booths”

Posters and vendor “booths” are in rooms next to the conference and the site of Thursday’s evening reception. Unlike large conferences like WMIC, ISMRM, and RSNA, the vendors do not have enough space for demo equipment. This conference is designed to be smaller and more intimate. All attendees, including vendors, can participate in the talks. Academic attendees are encouraged to talk to the vendors during the breaks. Therefore, the vendors should be near their tables during breaks (though this is not required).

Poster Sessions

There are three types of posters: Industry, Research, and Facility.

Industry posters can be strictly marketing or follow a more traditional conference scientific communication approach.

The research posters are intended to communicate a research project that has a significant imaging component that was conducted in an imaging center. This year the Industry and Research poster sessions are combined during lunchtime on Thursday, and during this session, all presenters except those with facility posters should attend their posters.

The facility posters are intended to communicate what equipment and services are available in each imaging facility. The facility poster session will be held Thursday evening, and facility poster presenters should attend their posters for at least part of the evening. You will be able to vote for your favorite Research and Facility posters.

Facility Tours

Each host of PIC has the opportunity to showcase their facilities. This year, you will have the option to tour the Animal Imaging facility and other T.B.A. Cancer Center Cores located at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Exit Meeting (invitation only)

The exit meeting is intended to facilitate the transfer of information from the current host to the next host, and to initiate planning for the next year’s meeting. If you are interested in hosting PIC in the future, contact Jenna Steiner, ,for information about the Program Committee Exit Meeting.


  • Registration – Wednesday, TBA
  • Breakfast and Refreshments – TBA
  • Presentations – TBA
  • Vendor posters – TBA
  • Gala dinner location – TBA
  • Science & industry poster session – TBA
  • Facility poster session & reception – TBA
  • Lunches – TBA
  • Program committee exit meeting – TBA
  • Facility tour(s) – TBA

Presenter Information

Speakers: Please check the program for the time of your talk. A PC will be available along with a widescreen projector. For Mac users, an HDMI cable with various adapters is available. PowerPoint slides are encouraged. Please give your PowerPoint slides to the AV staff during registration material pick up. It is recommended that you also bring any videos as separate files. All presentations are 25 minutes + 5 minutes discussion.


PIC attendees may present two types of posters: Facility posters and scientific posters. Facility posters are intended to describe the equipment available, and the type of research conducted in your preclinical imaging center. Scientific posters are intended to highlight a specific preclinical imaging project.

Poster dimensions: TBA

Vendor Presentations

Sponsors will be assigned a table (all), and space for one or more large posters (Gold and Platinum). Vendors may participate in the Industrial Innovations session, to be announced, where they will present a 5-minute overview of their products or announce new equipment. The goal of the power pitch is to make attendees aware of which vendors they may be interested in speaking with in more depth during the conference. Time limits will be strictly enforced! Slides can be used, but they must be provided to the host before May 10.

Air Travel

Aurora can be reached by flying into Denver International Airport (DEN).

Ground Transportation from DEN

Taxi/Uber/Lyft: from the airport to campus or hotel will cost ~ $25-$45.

Rental car: several rental companies at the DEN airport


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt House Denver / Aurora.

Hyatt House Denver / Aurora
12230 E Colfax Ave
Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 364-1468

Start Date: May 29, 2024
End Date: May 31, 2024
Room Block/Group Code: TBA
Last Day to Book: TBD

Complimentary parking is available for hotel guests.

Other Hotel Options

The Benson Hotel and Faculty Club
13025 E Montview Blvd
Aurora, CO 80045
(720) 627-5958

Conference Location

Anschutz Health Sciences Building
1890 N Revere Ct
Aurora, CO 80045

The 7th annual Preclinical Imaging Consortium (formerly Midwest Preclinical Imaging Consortium) will take place on Wednesday, May 29, through Friday, May 31, 2024, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

Preliminary Agenda

Last updated: 1/30/2024

Day 1 (5/29/2024)

  • Pre-Symposium PET/MR (sign-up)
  • Opening Remark
  • Keynote Lecture: Building an Animal Imaging Facility in the BSL2+ Environment
  • Session #1: High-Resolution MRI in Cancer Animal Models
  • Reception and Faculty/Student Posters

Day 2 (5/30/2024)

  • Networking and Breakfast
  • Session #2: Molecular Imaging in Cancer and Infectious Disease Models
  • Session #3: High-Resolution CT Imaging on Lung, Bone and Fibrosis Models
  • Vendor Round Table with Vendors and Lunch
  • Keynote Lecture: NIH Funding Opportunities for Preclinical Cores
  • Session #4: Vascular Imaging and Photoacoustic
  • Session #5: Image-guided interventions in animal models and companion animals
  • Reception and Vendor Posters

Day 3 (5/31/2024)

  • Networking and Breakfast
  • Session #6: Quantitative Biomarkers, AI and Phantoms for Preclinical Imaging
  • Closing Remarks
  • Tours through Colorado Animal Imaging SR (BSL2 and BSL3), University of Colorado Research Imaging Center (CU-RIC), PharmaLogic Radiopharmacy and Cyclotron Facility (sign-up)
  • Lunch boxes
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