Scientific Program Overview
Monday, 17 May - Friday, 21 May
Last updated 05 May 2009


Welcome & Awards Ceremony
Monday, 17 May, 07:45 - 08:20

Lauterbur Lecture: "From Immune Suppression to Mad Cow Disease - In Vitro NMR Spectroscopy with the Molecules of Life"
Monday, 17 May, 08:20 - 09:00

The 2004 Lauterbur Lecture will be given by Kurt Wüthrich,
Eidgenössische Technische, Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland

Plenary Sessions
Monday, 17 May - Friday, 21 May
The plenary sessions are intended to give a cutting-edge overview of the work of different groups in the relevant topic area and should enable the attendees to evaluate the impact of recent progress in magnetic resonance on clinical and scientific work in the near and far future.  Additional talks by speaker from outside the field of magnetic resonance will enable the audience to better comprehend the role and value of MR relative to advances in other medical disciplines, including other diagnostic and therapeutic technologies.

Scientific Sessions
The formal Scientific Sessions will include Oral Sessions, Poster Presentations, Basic Science Focus Sessions, and Clinical Science Focus Sessions.  The content of these sessions will reflect the entire spectrum of submitted papers.  This is where participants will present their most recent results.  The Society aims to maintain the scientific quality and fair selection of the contributed presentations, based on a review process involving at least four peers.  The composition and themes of the scientific sessions will reflect the number of submissions in a specific category and the most appropriate encompassing topic.
Monday, 17 May - Friday, 21 May

Oral Sessions: Oral presentations are organized in parallel sessions, one series in the morning after the plenary lectures, and the other in the later afternoon.  Oral sessions include a selected number of papers from among the accepted submissions.  Each author will make a 9-minute presentation, followed by 3 minutes for discussion.  Digital data projection will be available in all sessions.
Poster Presentations (Traditional): A poster session is a simultaneous informal presentation by many investigators with the opportunity for scientific interchange between the authors and other meeting participants.  A poster may contain text, graphs, photographs, diagrams, etc., affixed to a poster board so it can be viewed.  Please note that light boxes, power outlets, and audiovisual equipment are not available for traditional poster presentation.  Specific times for the authors to be present for discussion will be assigned by the Scientific Program Committee.  Posters may be mounted between 12:00 and 17:00 on Sunday, 16 May, and must be mounted before 13:00 on Monday, 17 May, the first day of the Scientific Meeting.  They should remain mounted and available for viewing until noon on Friday, 21 May.  Posters must be removed by 13:00 on Friday.
Poster Presentations (E-Posters):  For the first time, we will offer the opportunity for authors to present their work in an electronic "poster."  These E-posters will be uploaded to the ISMRM Web site prior to the meeting and provided to all meeting registrants on a CD.  Specifically, the abstracts of the submissions will continue to appear on the Proceedings CD, while an additional E-Poster CD of the actual E-posters will also be provided.  No hardcopy of the poster is required.  E-posters will allow opportunities for movie files (e.g., AVI, MPEG, etc.) sounds, and other types of multi-media, if the authors choose to take advantage of electronic multi-media.  For on-site review, there will be numerous E-poster kiosks at the convention center (as well as personal laptop computers) and a limited number of E-poster review areas with LCD/Beamer projection to facilitate scientific interchange between authors and/or participants.  This will be the first time that the ISMRM will begin to create archives of the vast amount of poster material found at the Annual Meeting.
Basic Science Focus Sessions:  These sessions will consist of brief oral presentations by authors of selected abstracts on very new or controversial topics.  Each author will make a short presentation, followed by an extended discussion.  For each presentation there will also be an E-poster on a CD provided to all attendees.  In previous years, a conventional "hard copy" poster was displayed in the poster exhibits area; the more flexible E-poster, with greater multi-media capabilities, was adopted for this year.
Clinical Focus Sessions:  These sessions will focus on clinically oriented topics and bring together submissions in specific areas that are of particular clinical impact and interest.  The topics will reflect the pattern of the submissions in relation to clinical applications of magnetic resonance, and the sessions aim to stimulate discussion in the relevant clinical areas.
Morning Categorical Courses
Tuesday, 18 May - Friday, 21 May, 07:00 - 08:00
  Functional Body MRI: From Morphology to Function
  Understanding Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Functional MRI: The Relationship Between Structure and Function in the Brain
  Echo Management
  Established and Evolving Applications of MRA
  New Horizons in Musculoskeletal MRI: Optimizing MR Imaging With Current Technology
  Parallel Imaging 2004
  Spectroscopy: The Brain and Beyond

Clinical Categorical Courses
Monday, 17 May - Thursday, 20 May
The clinical categorical courses are aimed at clinical radiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, cardiologists, oncologists, practicing clinicians, and scientists with beginning to advanced experience levels working in MR, as well as an interest in cardiology, drug discovery and imaging guided intervention.
Imaging in Drug Development
Interventional MRI: The State of the Art and Beyond
Hot Topics in Clinical Practice and High-Field Neuroimaging
Cardiovascular MR: Today and Beyond

Other Practical Courses
Monday, 17 May - Thursday, 20 May
MR Physics and Techniques for Clinicians
SMRT and ISMRM Joint Presentation: Managing MR Artifacts and Pitfalls

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