Archive for January, 2018

2018 Gordon Center Winter Holiday Party


A warm thank you to everyone who joined us for our winter holiday party.

2018 Human Amyloid Imaging Conference


The 12th Human Amyloid Imaging Conference took place in Miami, Florida on January 17-19, 2018.

Dr. Keith Johnson organized the event with the help of Drs. Bill Klunk (University of Pittsburgh), Chet Mathis (University of Pittsburgh) and Bill Jagust (University of California, Berkeley).

This year’s conference featured two cross-disciplinary keynote speakers: Drs. William Seeley (University of California, San Francisco) and Peter Davies (Northwell Health). They discussed what the presence of brain amyloid means, how it should be measured, how it changes, and what it signifies.

The 2018 meeting included podium and poster presentations on cutting edge research into biomarkers for Alzheimer’s-related disease. It drew more than 400 attendees and showcased 130 posters from research groups spanning North America, Europe, East Asia, and Australia.

For more information, please see the Human Amyloid Imaging Conference website.

Poster Presentations at the 2018 Human Amyloid Imaging Conference

Senior Research Technologist Honored by Coast Guard


Congratulations to Julia Scotton, Senior Research Technologist and Radiation Safety Manager at the MGH Gordon Center, for her recent promotion to Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Julia Scotton

Gordon Fellow Receives Marie Curie Fellowship Award


Dr. Heidi Jacobs, Instructor at HMS/MGH in the Johnson Lab has received a Marie Curie Fellowship Award for her work on molecular imaging of Alzheimer’s disease.

The classic neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are amyloid-beta and tau, two proteins that accumulate in a specific topographic pattern many years before clinical symptoms are noticeable. Animal studies have suggested that connectivity may drive the spread of these proteins. Dr. Jacobs' aims in this project are two-fold: first, she aims to investigate whether neuronal connectivity determines the spread of and the interaction between both proteins, and how this is related to memory problems. Second, she aims to investigate the origin of tau pathology. Autopsy studies have pointed to specific brainstem nuclei as the first region of tau deposition. It is her aim to investigate associations between brainstem measures and amyloid and tau pathology. To achieve this, Dr. Jacobs aims to combine novel molecular and state-of-the-art magnetic neuroimaging techniques with statistical modeling techniques within the group of Prof. Keith Johnson. Read more...