On behalf of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance of Medicine,
we are pleased to invite you to take part in our Twelfth Scientific Meeting
& Exhibition, to be held at the Kyoto International Conference Hall, in
Kyoto, Japan, 15-21 May 2004.
This year we are excited to offer you the year’s largest audience of
scientists and clinicians working in the field of magnetic resonance as
related to medicine and biology in a most unique setting. The Kyoto
International Conference Hall (KICH) rests at the base of Mt. Hiei and
alongside the beautiful Lake Takaragaike, providing tranquil surroundings
and state-of-the-art technology. Nestled in this park-like setting, it is
easy to believe that you are far away from the city center; however, the
Kokusai Kaikan subway station is just steps away from the Event Hall where
the technical exhibition will be held, and the city center is only 20
minutes away by subway.
In these beautiful and peaceful surroundings, the ISMRM looks forward to
providing a dynamic program, starting with the weekend educational programs
on 15 and 16 May 2004, beginning with two two-day courses on Brain Function
and fMRI and MR Physics for Physicists. In addition, eight one-day programs
will be presented: Basics and Clinical Applications of MR Spectroscopy,
Frontier Methodology and Applications of MR Spectroscopy, Advanced Body MRI,
Cardiac MRI, Neuroimaging, MR of Transgenic Mouse Models (MR Omics), RF
Bootcamp, and Musculoskeletal MRI. The Section for Magnetic Resonance
Technologists (SMRT) will also hold its Thirteenth Annual Meeting during
The scientific meeting will follow from 17 through 21 May. The Lauterbur
Lecture will be given by the 2002 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Kurt Wüthrich,
Ph.D. His lecture is titled, “From Immune Suppression to Mad Cow Disease –
In Vitro NMR Spectroscopy with the Molecules of Life.” During the
scientific sessions, we anticipate that more than 2,500 presentations on the
latest in the field of MR will be made. In addition to the parallel oral
sessions, poster-viewing sessions, clinical and basic science focus sessions
and morning categorical and clinical categorical courses so successful in
recent years, the Scientific Program Committee has also planned to continue
the courses specifically designed for clinicians during the week of the
scientific meeting. New this year is the addition of Electronic Posters, which will
afford the opportunity for authors to present their work using multi-media,
which will be accessed via E-poster kiosks and distributed by CD to our
Scientific Meeting registrants.
The technical exhibits will be on display for four days during the meeting,
from 17 through 20 May. The exhibition will be located in the Event Hall at
the KICH. As in the past, coffee stations will be located in the technical
exhibition area, and we will permit exhibitors to offer refreshments in
their booths if they wish. Located on the perimeter of the Event Hall
overlooking the technical exhibition is a cafeteria offering one of a number
of opportunities for our professional delegates as well as our exhibitors to
purchase food during the course of the meeting.
We are pleased to offer a number of sponsorship items to our exhibitors.
Please be sure to consult the list of sponsorship and marketing
opportunities on page 7 of the Exhibitor Prospectus.
The Twelfth Scientific Meeting & Exhibition of the ISMRM will bring together
delegates from many disciplines and many countries sharing their involvement
with magnetic resonance in a most exceptional and beautiful setting. Your
participation is vital to the success of the meeting. We look forward to
seeing you in Kyoto.
Jane E. Tiemann
Roberta A. Kravitz
Director of Meetings