Research Summary

My research program is focused on imaging cancer using MRI and novel PET tracers. At UCSF, I have developed the gallium-68 DOTA-TOC imaging program for neuroendocrine tumor staging, and am the principle investigator on the FDA IND. I have also successfully brought Ga-68 PSMA imaging to UCSF and am currently drafting the IND submission to allow for the evaluation of the clinical use of this agent. I am interested in using somatostatin receptor and PSMA based PET agents in order to distinguish neuroendocrine prostate cancer from adenocarcinoma. Additionally, I believe that the combination of MR and PET parameters will aid in the staging of cancers. Most straightforward is a study we are carrying out in low risk prostatectomy patients where we are evaluating the use of PET/MRI using Ga-68 PSMA and MR imaging of the primary tumor. In the setting of patients with metastatic disease, PET/MRI will likely have an even more important role, as response to treatment will change uptake of non-FDG tracers in ways that are not immediately clear and intepretation will likely rely on changes in MR imaging parameters such as diffusion weighted imaging (DWI).

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2025 - MELT: Modulation of PSMA Expression for Lutetium Therapy , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA235741
  • March 6, 2017 - February 28, 2023 - Qualification and Harmonization of PET/MRI for Cancer Clinical Trials , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA212148
  • June 1, 2019 - April 30, 2021 - Immunogenic Priming with Lu-PSMA Targeted Therapy in Advanced Prostate Cancer , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA229354


Duke University, Durham, NC, BA/BS, 6/2001, Biology, Economics
Stanford University, MD, 6/2007 Medicine
Kaiser San Francisco, 6/2008, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, 6/2012, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Stanford University, 6/2013, Body MRI/nuclear medicine Fellowship

Honors & Awards

  • 2001
    Summa Cum Laude, Duke University
  • 2001
    Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University
  • 2006
    Trainee Research Prize, Radiological Society of North America
  • 2007
    W. S. Moore Award, Nominee, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • 2011
    Magnum Cum Laude Merit Award, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • 2012
    Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, Radiological Society of North America
  • 2012
    Alexander Margulis Society Excellence in Research Award, UCSF
  • 2014
    Wylie J. Dodds Research Award, Society of Abdominal Radiology

Selected Publications

  1. Singh S, Hope TA, Bergsland EB, Bodei L, Bushnell DL, Chan JA, Chasen BR, Chauhan A, Das S, Dasari A, Del Rivero J, El-Haddad G, Goodman KA, Halperin DM, Lewis MA, Lindwasser OW, Myrehaug S, Raj NP, Reidy-Lagunes DL, Soares HP, Strosberg JR, Kohn EC, Kunz PL, NET CTPM participants
    . Consensus report of the 2021 National Cancer Institute neuroendocrine tumor clinical trials planning meeting. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2023 Sep 07; 115(9):1001-1010.  View on PubMed
  2. Veit-Haibach P, Ahlström H, Boellaard R, Delgado Bolton RC, Hesse S, Hope T, Huellner MW, Iagaru A, Johnson GB, Kjaer A, Law I, Metser U, Quick HH, Sattler B, Umutlu L, Zaharchuk G, Herrmann K. International EANM-SNMMI-ISMRM consensus recommendation for PET/MRI in oncology. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2023 Aug 25.  View on PubMed
  3. Hope TA, Benz M, Jiang F, Thompson D, Barbato F, Juarez R, Hernandez Pampaloni M, Allen-Auerbach M, Gupta P, Fendler WP, Calais J. Do Bone Scans Overstage Disease Compared with PSMA PET at Initial Staging? An International Multicenter Retrospective Study with Masked Independent Readers. J Nucl Med. 2023 Aug 17.  View on PubMed
  4. Djaïleb L, Armstrong WR, Thompson D, Gafita A, Farolfi A, Rajagopal A, Grogan TR, Nguyen K, Benz MR, Hotta M, Barbato F, Ceci F, Schwarzenböck SM, Unterrainer M, Zacho HD, Juarez R, Cooperberg M, Carroll P, Washington S, Reiter RE, Eiber M, Herrmann K, Fendler WP, Czernin J, Hope TA, Calais J. Presurgical 68Ga-PSMA-11 Positron Emission Tomography for Biochemical Recurrence Risk Assessment: A Follow-up Analysis of a Multicenter Prospective Phase 3 Imaging Trial. Eur Urol. 2023 Jul 21.  View on PubMed
  5. Werner RA, Hartrampf PE, Fendler WP, Serfling SE, Derlin T, Higuchi T, Pienta KJ, Gafita A, Hope TA, Pomper MG, Eiber M, Gorin MA, Rowe SP. Prostate-specific Membrane Antigen Reporting and Data System Version 2.0. Eur Urol. 2023 Jul 04.  View on PubMed
  6. Hope TA, Antonarakis ES, Bodei L, Calais J, Iravani A, Jacene H, Koo PJ, Morgans AK, Osborne JR, Tagawa ST, Taplin ME, Sartor O, Morris MJ. SNMMI Consensus Statement on Patient Selection and Appropriate Use of 177Lu-PSMA-617 Radionuclide Therapy. J Nucl Med. 2023 09; 64(9):1417-1423.  View on PubMed
  7. Kratochwil C, Fendler WP, Eiber M, Hofman MS, Emmett L, Calais J, Osborne JR, Iravani A, Koo P, Lindenberg L, Baum RP, Bozkurt MF, Delgado Bolton RC, Ezziddin S, Forrer F, Hicks RJ, Hope TA, Kabasakal L, Konijnenberg M, Kopka K, Lassmann M, Mottaghy FM, Oyen WJG, Rahbar K, Schoder H, Virgolini I, Bodei L, Fanti S, Haberkorn U, Hermann K. Joint EANM/SNMMI procedure guideline for the use of 177Lu-labeled PSMA-targeted radioligand-therapy (177Lu-PSMA-RLT). Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2023 07; 50(9):2830-2845.  View on PubMed
  8. Mei R, Kessler L, Pabst KM, Weber M, Schmidkonz C, Rischpler C, Zacho HD, Hope T, Schwarzenböck SM, Allen-Auerbach M, Emmett L, Ferdinandus J, Unterrainer M, Schaarschmidt BM, Umutlu L, Farolfi A, Castellucci P, Nanni C, Telo S, Fanti S, Herrmann K, Fendler WP. 68Ga-FAPI PET/CT Interobserver Agreement on Tumor Assessment: An International Multicenter Prospective Study. J Nucl Med. 2023 07; 64(7):1043-1048.  View on PubMed
  9. Eifer M, Hope TA, Calais J, Hofman MS. Editorial Comment. J Urol. 2023 Aug; 210(2):299-311.  View on PubMed
  10. Raj N, Chan JA, Wang SJ, Aggarwal RR, Calabrese S, DeMore A, Fong L, Grabowsky J, Hope TA, Kolli KP, Mulvey CK, Munster PN, Perez K, Punn S, Reidy-Lagunes D, Von Fedak S, Zhang L, Bergsland EK. Pembrolizumab alone and pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy in previously treated, extrapulmonary poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas. Br J Cancer. 2023 08; 129(2):291-300.  View on PubMed
  11. Lee S, Kassam Z, Baheti AD, Hope TA, Chang KJ, Korngold EK, Taggart MW, Horvat N. Rectal cancer lexicon 2023 revised and updated consensus statement from the Society of Abdominal Radiology Colorectal and Anal Cancer Disease-Focused Panel. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2023 09; 48(9):2792-2806.  View on PubMed
  12. Jayaprakasam VS, Ince S, Suman G, Nepal P, Hope TA, Paspulati RM, Fraum TJ. PET/MRI in colorectal and anal cancers: an update. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2023 Apr 16.  View on PubMed
  13. Wang SJ, Whitman J, Paciorek A, Le BK, Nakakura EK, Behr SC, Joseph N, Zhang L, Hope TA, Bergsland EK. Baseline tumor growth rate highlights the heterogeneity of well differentiated gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and predicts for increases in Ki67 index over time. J Neuroendocrinol. 2023 04; 35(4):e13260.  View on PubMed
  14. Hotta M, Gafita A, Murthy V, Benz MR, Sonni I, Burger IA, Eiber M, Emmett L, Farolfi A, Fendler WP, Weber MM, Hofman MS, Hope TA, Kratochwil C, Czernin J, Calais J. PSMA PET Tumor-to-Salivary Gland Ratio to Predict Response to [177Lu]PSMA Radioligand Therapy: An International Multicenter Retrospective Study. J Nucl Med. 2023 07; 64(7):1024-1029.  View on PubMed
  15. Golia Pernicka JS, Rauch GM, Gangai N, Bates DDB, Ernst R, Hope TA, Horvat N, Sheedy SP, Gollub MJ. Imaging of Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Survey Results and Expert Opinion from the Rectal and Anal Cancer Disease-Focused Panel of the Society of Abdominal Radiology. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2023 Mar 18.  View on PubMed
  16. Seifert R, Emmett L, Rowe SP, Herrmann K, Hadaschik B, Calais J, Giesel FL, Reiter R, Maurer T, Heck M, Gafita A, Morris MJ, Fanti S, Weber WA, Hope TA, Hofman MS, Fendler WP, Eiber M. Second Version of the Prostate Cancer Molecular Imaging Standardized Evaluation Framework Including Response Evaluation for Clinical Trials (PROMISE V2). Eur Urol. 2023 05; 83(5):405-412.  View on PubMed
  17. Konstantinoff KS, Morani AC, Hope TA, Bhosale PR, Francis IR, Yano M, Iravani A, Trikalinos NA, Itani M. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors: tailoring imaging to specific clinical scenarios. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2023 05; 48(5):1843-1853.  View on PubMed
  18. Hope TA, Allen-Auerbach M, Bodei L, Calais J, Dahlbom M, Dunnwald LK, Graham MM, Jacene HA, Heath CL, Mittra ES, Wright CL, Fendler WP, Herrmann K, Taïeb D, Kjaer A. SNMMI Procedure Standard/EANM Practice Guideline for SSTR PET: Imaging Neuroendocrine Tumors. J Nucl Med. 2023 02; 64(2):204-210.  View on PubMed
  19. Garje R, Hope TA, Rumble RB, Parikh RA, Systemic Therapy Update on 177Lutetium-PSMA-617 for Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer . Systemic Therapy Update on 177Lutetium-PSMA-617 for Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer: ASCO Guideline Rapid Recommendation Q and A. JCO Oncol Pract. 2023 03; 19(3):132-135.  View on PubMed
  20. Fendler WP, Eiber M, Beheshti M, Bomanji J, Calais J, Ceci F, Cho SY, Fanti S, Giesel FL, Goffin K, Haberkorn U, Jacene H, Koo PJ, Kopka K, Krause BJ, Lindenberg L, Marcus C, Mottaghy FM, Oprea-Lager DE, Osborne JR, Piert M, Rowe SP, Schöder H, Wan S, Wester HJ, Hope TA, Herrmann K. PSMA PET/CT: joint EANM procedure guideline/SNMMI procedure standard for prostate cancer imaging 2.0. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2023 04; 50(5):1466-1486.  View on PubMed

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