Message from the
Peter Jezzard, Ph.D.
2013-14 ISMRM President
Welcome to the first MR
Pulse Newsletter of the 2013/2014 year. I am sure that you all are aware of our
Annual Scientific Meeting as a venue for scientific networking and for learning
about the latest developments in our vibrant field. But are you aware of all the
other activities that ISMRM provides over the course of the year? I particularly
wanted to focus on two of the newer initiatives that are available to you and
that I think will enrich your scientific lives. One is the Virtual Journal Club
(VJC) that is already entering its third year. Mark Griswold has provided a
superlative service as Master of
Ceremonies for the VJC, that has discussed a range of topics
spanning compressed sensing to hyperpolarized tracers to the ‘gagetron’
ISMRM now has a 500-seat licence with Adobe Connect to offer this service, so you should
henceforth never have a problem joining the online conversation,
especially if you use the VJC events as a group educational
experience, as we do in Oxford. And if you do miss a VJC event
then you can find them in the ISMRM archive. These truly are an
outstanding opportunity for you to learn about the latest trends
in our field by. . .read more
Spotlight on ISMRM Online Education
We are happy to announce a
new online learning system, provided free to members for both
ISMRM and SMRT Education. This new website, developed and
maintained by the ISMRM, offers members the ability to track
attendance and evaluate events like the ISMRM and SMRT Annual
Meetings, store and save copies of credit certificates issued
for Society activities, and engage in new learning opportunities
through a Catalog of new online courses. This is a
milestone marking years of development from both organizations
and is offered as part of your member benefits through a
strategic partnership with Learning Management software
developer DigitalIgnite. All users can keep track of their
learning history and customize searches for new courses based on
content area, Society membership or CE credit offered.
The ISMRM is currently offering five courses free to members, and many more
are in development. Members can login and begin learning today.
ISMRM members should visit
CME and SA-CME offerings
ISMRM is also announcing our first online CME-certified
educational course. . .read more
Crisis Averted (at least for now!)
Many members of ISMRM will already be
aware of another recent congressional crisis that had the
potential to affect our field adversely. But for those who did
not follow the story, here is a short summary:
Despite helium being the second most abundant element in the
universe, it is a valuable commodity here on earth. It is
extracted as a by-product of natural gas production, and of
course has found use in NMR and MRI because of its low boiling
temperature, making it ideal for use in cooling superconducting
wire contained in magnets.
In the 1920s the US Government created a reserve of helium in
Amarillo, Texas, anticipating its strategic importance in the
new fashion of airship travel. However, that use never took off
(so to speak!) and by the 1990s Congress was concerned that the
debt accumulated by creating and storing this helium should be
paid off. In 1996 it was decided that the Federal Helium Reserve
should be sold off until such time as the debts incurred had
been paid off.
Earlier in 2013 the costs of the facility were paid off, and so
under the original legislation the facility was obliged to cease
providing helium to commercial sources on October 7th
this year. Since the Government source of helium represents
about 30% of the world’s supply at present (and over 40% of the
US domestic supply), and since there are . . .read
This month we are pleased to profile 2013 Young Investigator
Award Winners, awarded in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, at the
Annual Meeting & Exhibition.
Chad Tyler Harris
London, Ontario, Canada
A New Approach to
Shimming: The Dynamically Controlled Adaptive Current
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA, United States
Regional Mapping of Gas Uptake by Red Blood Cells and
Tissue in the Human Lung Using Hyperpolarized Xenon-129
Spotlight on ISMRM Workshop on Dynamic MR Imaging &
Spectroscopy of Psychiatric Illness
The ISMRM Dynamic MR Imaging and Spectroscopy of Psychiatric
Illness Workshop was held 7-10 September 2013 in Lisbon,
Portugal. It was very well received by the psychiatric imaging
community, with over 40 participants attending from Europe and
the US of which 30% were MD, 60% were PhD and 10% undeclared.
In addition, a quarter of the attendees were trainees/students.
The small size of the workshop allowed for a more intimate
setting where attendees could meet, mingle and exchange ideas.
This allowed for several interactive discussions of various hot
topics in psychiatric imaging where almost all of the attendees
participated in a relaxed, collegial fashion. When the meeting
began, there were speakers and attendees; by the end of the
workshop, there were only colleagues and friends.
The workshop began with lectures from Drs. John Port
(Rochester, Minnesota, USA) and Stephen Strakowski (Cincinnati,
Ohio, USA) who elaborated on the current state of psychiatric
imaging, spectroscopy, diagnostic classification schemes and
evolution of various psychiatric diseases over time, setting the
stage for the remainder of
. . .read
Preparations are underway for the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting
ISMRM-ESMRMB to be held in Milan, Italy, 10-16 May 2014.
The meeting site is now open at
where you will find the
Letter from the
Program Chair, Derek K. Jones, as well as
Important Dates &
Deadlines. . .are you preparing for the
13 November 2013
abstract deadline? We are only two weeks away!
Program at a Glance, outlining the education which has been
carefully constructed by our Vice Program Chair, Christine
Chung, and her team of organizers, is also available.
Housing & Registration are also now open. We encourage you
to start planning early.
There are a lot of new initiatives this year, so please take
some time and review the website as well as monitor it as new
information is being added regularly.
We look forward to seeing you in Milan!
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Special Note. . .
Upcoming ISMRM Events
· Workshop on
Diffusion as a Probe of Neural Tissue Microstructure
14-18 October 2013
Jointly Sponsored Workshop on
16 January 2014
· Workshop on
Functional MRI: Emerging Techniques & New Interpretations
More info coming soon!
on Motion Correction in MRI
More info coming soon!
Upcoming SMRT Events
Be sure to calendar and encourage your technologists and
radiographers to attend an upcoming SMRT educational seminar.
And do you have something you would like to see in a future
issue? Email us your idea, article, photo, etc., to
We want to hear from you!
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