S A V E  T H E  D A T E S  f o r  2 0 1 6

September 8-9, Bubble Conference Sessions

The Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL USA

September 10, Basic CEUS Training 101

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL  USA


Congratulations to everyone who came together, in Chicago and on the web conference,  to make 2015's meeting such a successful and meaningful event.



30th Anniversary Bubble Conference, September 10-12, 2015 

"Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success"    (Henry Ford)

Please join us at this year's Bubble Conference in Chicago and help us mark 30 extraordinary years of global collaboration among leaders in the field of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS).

Since the very first Bubble Conference sessions were held in a small conference room in 1985, this extraordinary international meeting has consistently featured the most compelling scientific and clinical work in the CEUS field, along with opportunities to test new ideas, forge new scientific relationships and drive the field forward.  Whether you are a clinical practitioner, as research professional or a member of industry, you will not want to miss this year's 30th anniversary Bubble Conference.

This special celebratory year takes on added significance with unprecedented interest in avoiding unnecessary exposure to radiation-based medical imaging, reducing overall healthcare costs and improving healthcare quality for patients.The Bubble Conference features timely updates on safe non-invasive, cost-effective, radiation-free CEUS imaging of organ systems and tumors throughout the body.  Additional sessions will offer regulatory and accreditation updates along with breaking scientific developments in the use of contrast agents to enhance targeted delivery of genes and drug therapies.


This year's Bubble Conference main sessions will be held at the historic and elegant Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue (the "Magnificent Mile") in Chicago. Conference participants may attend one of both of this year's segments:


Thursday, September 10 (all day), expert presentations and lively discussion  in the Gold Cost Room of the

        Drake Hotel

Friday, September 11 (morning), expert presentations and lively discussion in the Gold Coast Room of the

        Drake Hotel


Saturday, September 12 (approximately 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) at Rush University Medical Center. Live patient cases using the latest CEUS imaging machines and contrast agents will be video streamed from the Procedures Lab in the new Tower building into a meeting room, on Rush's Chicago campus.



30 Years of Bubble Conference

The annual Bubble Conference in Chicago is the single-most important global forum for cross-specialty CEUS research and practice.  Bubble Conference faculty members include the world's foremost clinicians, physiologists, engineers, and other scientists working in the fields of cardiology, radiology, vascular medicine, gynecology, gastroenterology, and other body imaging sub-specialties. Participants include physicians, scientists, nurses, sonographers, technicians and related paramedical professionals from North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Presenters address clinical safety and expanding applications of diagnostic CEUS, along with promising investigational and clinical applications of therapeutic CEUS for targeted delivery of genes and drugs to organ systems and tumors.  All sessions are highly interactive, promoting lively discussions in an open, challenging, collegial atmosphere. As a result, Bubble Conference consistently spark new innovations that help energize the CEUS fields, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and saving lives.

Conference Background

Diagnostic CEUS uses injectable "microbubble" contrast agents to improve the quality of ultrasound images. Non-invasive CEUS imaging is performed without radiation of dye. It has a superior safety profile, is cheaper than alternative imaging options, and often provides diagnostic accuracy and changes to medical outcomes. In some patients, CEUS reduces misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses, and avoids unnecessary additional testing that would increase risks, costs and inconvenience.At present, ultrasound contrast agents are FDA approved in the US for cardiac imaging only, but they are also used safely and effectively to improve ultrasound images of other organ systems in medical centers throughout Europe, Japan, China, Israel, Canada and South America.In addition, newer therapeutic CEUS research and clinical studies demonstrate the potential for using ultrasound contrast agents to deliver genes and drugs to organ systems and tumors.

Conference Director:

Steven B. Feinstein, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL USA

Conference Co-Directors:

Stephanie Wilson, MD, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Petros Nihoyannopoulos, MD, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK

David Cosgrove, MD, Imperial College London, London, UK

Scientific Committee with Conflict of Interest Oversight:

James Miller, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Payman Sattar, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Seth Powsner, MD, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Conference Manager: Ms. Gerri Somerville Kalita, (Chicago, IL)

Conference "Boots on the Ground" Logistics Team in Chicago:

Ms. Kate Mihelich - Industry and Exhibits Manager

Ms. Elizabeth Ruiz - Faculty and Registration Manager

Ms. Frances Murphy - Conference Coordinator

Hotel and Air Coordination: GREAT TIME TOURS, Miriam Levinson and Lisa Padulek



  • When

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - Saturday, September 12, 2015
    7:00 PM - 12:30 PM
    Central Time

  • Where

  • The Drake Hotel
    140 E. Walton Street
    The corner of Michigan Avenue & Walton
    Chicago, Illinois 60611

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