From the 29th of January until the 2nd of February I attended the 13th Small Animal Imaging Workshop which was hosted by the Werner Siemens Imaging Center (WSIC) at the University of Tübingen. During this week, they offered lectures and experimental courses on imaging tools as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Tomography (CT), Positronen Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and optical imaging, as well as on data handling and processing. The opportunity to handle animals, devices and software was vivid and helpful. Visiting the radiopharmacy gave an exciting insight into the production of activity. The experiences gained within this workshop were extraordinary and the different backgrounds in knowledge were properly caught.
Afterwards, I stayed in labs of WSIC for two more weeks and deepened my recently gathered knowledge and could experience the daily routing. I joined different studies, which were mainly focusing on examinations in mice focusing on oncology, neurology and cardiology. According my own research field, I could join a three-day study on infectious diseases in a mouse model on fungal lung infection and its detection in MET/MR. Besides, I had the chance to join the labeling of antibodies with radioactivity. All in all, I am very thankful that I received the opportunity to stay at the WSIC, because I learned a lot of new methods and all members of the department were supportive and willing to explain to me their research purposes.