Message from 2005 Program Chair, Vivian Lee,
In May 2005, the ISMRM annual meeting will be held in South Beach, Miami,
Florida, USA. The attractive setting makes it even more imperative that the
Scientific Program Committee (SPC) come up with a spectacular scientific program
to rival it! To this end, we have been hard at work.
For the plenary sessions, we are extremely fortunate that we will have Dr.
Britton Chance, University of Pennsylvania, speaking as our Lauterbur lecturer
on Monday, 9 May, and Dr. Jürgen
Hennig, University of Freiburg, speaking as our Mansfield lecturer on Thursday,
12 May . The initial plenary session, following Dr. Chance’s presentation on
Monday, will focus on the theme of MR in a Multidisciplinary World, particularly
in neuropsychiatric, cancer, and cardiac applications, where alternative
techniques to MR play important complementary, and sometime competitive, roles.
For the remainder of the week, the theme of the plenary sessions will be “MR at
Different Scales," where the focus will move from the level of chemicals
(Tuesday) to cells (Wednesday), to organs (Thursday), and finally, to whole body
imaging (Friday), signifying the impressive span of MR application.
Several of the initiatives launched in recent years will be adopted more fully
in Miami, including video capture of scientific sessions (when approved by
speakers) that will be available on the web to registered attendees and
electronic posters that will enable presenters at the meeting to display dynamic
The Miami Beach meeting will also debut a
initiative of the SPC, a week-long
course in clinical MRI that is targeted toward radiologists, trainees and
technologists called Clinical MRI:
From Principles to Practice. The aim of this program is to provide
an intensive one week educational and scientific program in MRI, taught by some
of the world’s best teachers in MR. The program starts with a new educational
program on Saturday, Clinical MRI: From Physical Principles to Practical
Protocols, which will provide an introduction to physical principles of MR
with a view toward understanding routine clinical protocols on a
system-by-system basis. On Sunday, attendees will have a choice of day-long
educational programs to choose from (including musculoskeletal MR, advanced Body
MR, cardiac MR, among others). Then throughout the week, in parallel with the
scientific sessions, educational and clinical science programs will provide the
clinically-oriented attendee with a chance to review clinical material through
focused problem-solving didactic sessions and hands-on workshops. By attending
this course, attendees will be taught practical clinical MRI by some of most
experienced MR clinician scientists in the field, while also learning about the
latest scientific advances being made in this rapidly changing modality.
Program details can be viewed by accessing the link above.
The SPC is extremely excited about the meeting in Miami. As always, we welcome
your input. Please email us with your ideas and comments and keep checking this
website for updates on the program.
Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Scientific Program Committee