Caroline Guglielmetti, PhD, Named 2017 Bruce Hasegawa Award Recipient

At last month’s Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s Annual Research Symposium, Caroline Guglielmetti, PhD, was awarded the 2017 Hasegawa Award. The annual Hasegawa Award recognizes a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar exemplifying the scope and quality of investigation demonstrated by Dr. Bruce Hasegawa during his career.

Dr. Guglielmetti is a second-year postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. Through her research she is working to determine the role of metabolic impairment in the progression of cerebral diseases, particularly Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and identify clinically relevant biomarkers of progression and therapeutic response. Her MS research involves two different components. The first focuses on developing magnetic resonance (MR)-based imaging methods to non-invasively monitor brain changes in preclinical models for MS. The second component involves the development of immune-modulatory therapies in the context of demyelination and associated neuro-inflammation in MS.

Bruce Hasegawa, PhD (1954-2008), the namesake of this award, was a distinguished scientist, teacher and mentor whose UCSF research career focused on medical physics and bioengineering. His research was highlighted by his pioneering work combining SPECT functional imaging with CT anatomical imaging to produce the first combined dual-modality imaging system, SPECT/CT.

“I would like to thank the Surbeck lab, Prof. Sabrina Ronen and her team, who first welcomed me at UCSF. I also would like to thank my friend and colleague, Chloe Najac, for all the scientific discussions and for her help in the lab,” shared Dr. Guglielmetti upon being presented the award by Miguel Pampaloni, MD, PhD, a member of the Hasegawa Award Selection Committee. “I particularly would like to thank my mentor, Professor Myriam Chaumeil, PhD, for introducing me to hyperpolarized 13C MR imaging, for her support and excellent guidance during my PhD studies and now as a postdoctoral scholar. She is an everyday source of inspiration and motivation. I want to thank her for her patience, for her encouragements and her kindness.”

Dr. Guglielmetti’s MS research continues Dr. Hasegawa’s vision of advanced research in the field of radiology. At the core of Dr. Hasegawa’s work was a desire to improve the ability to diagnose and treat disease through improved imaging techniques and modalities.


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