Message from Scientific Program Committee

On behalf of the Scientific Program Committee, I would like to invite you to the Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB, which will be held in Glasgow, the heart of Scotland, in April 2001.  After a long six years, the Annual Meeting of the ISMRM is returning to Europe, where it will be organized in conjunction with the ESMRMB.

Building upon the very successful architecture of past meetings, the Glasgow program will be designed to fulfill the needs and aspirations of MR - scientists and clinicians alike.   Devoted to the development and clinical application of magnetic resonance technology in medicine, the Scientific Program Committee will incorporate all aspects of MR research and at the same time provide the broadest and most in depth educational effort ever.  Introductory as well as advanced level clinical and methodological courses will be offered over the weekend as well as during the week parallel to the scientific sessions.  Up to 50 hours of CME credit will be offered for attendance of the educational track and/or the meeting.

The Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB in Glasgow will provide a forum for scientific interchange among our colleagues working on methodological developments as well as applications of MR.  Aiming at the highest level of understanding and innovation, the program will be designed to maximize participation of experts from fields related to magnetic resonance in medicine.  Plenary lectures will reflect the multidisciplinary character of MR in medicine.  By comparing MR imaging technology to competing modalities, including ultrasound, CT, nuclear medicine, and optical imaging, the diagnostic potential of MR in the 21st century will be explored.  New contrast agents, the availability of specialized MR systems, as well as functional and multinuclear MR techniques will be highlighted.  The societal dimension of MR in medicine will be explored by focusing on means to broaden MRI access and accommodate the needs of an aging population.

Attendees will be exposed  to the highest level of MR - science and education - in the very special atmosphere of Scotland.  The local organizing committee, headed by Donald Hadley, has already worked very hard to assure that the Glasgow meeting will be remembered not only for great plenary lectures, innovation presentations, and interesting posters, but also for Scottish culture, sites, and companionship.

The SPC invites you to join us at the Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB.  We look forward to your presence and contributions.

Jörg F. Debatin, M.D.
Chairman, Scientific Program Committee

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