Late Breaking Abstracts!


I am typing this in the wake of the AMPC Construction Meeting that was recently held on Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA, over the weekend of 14-16 January 2017. We had a wonderful time. The weather was beautiful and sunny, and the sand dunes and beach were a wonderful location to meet.


But there was so much work to do that most of the weekend was spent indoors. Check out this picture of the committee – what a handsome crew!


The Construction Meeting was a big success, and the committee successfully sorted through the 6,780 abstracts – an all-time ISMRM record – that were submitted last November. The AMPC has put together an outstanding Scientific Program of oral sessions, Power Pitches, electronic posters and traditional posters. Abstract decision notifications were sent on 30 January 2017.

On Sunday of the meeting, the Scientific Table Chairs gathered for the legendary “post-it” session where the scientific session slots are chosen. Check out Jenny “Speed-trap” Bencardino dashing on behalf of the MSK Scientific table, as well as videos and other pictures of the Construction Meeting on Twitter (hashtag #ismrm17).


Although the primary function of the Construction Meeting is to put together the Scientific Program for Honolulu 2017, about half of meeting was dedicated to choosing the named lectures and plenary sessions, as well as the Educational Program, for Paris 2018. Vice Chair AMPC, Karla Miller, and Educational Chair, John Port, did a terrific job launching the construction of these programs. The AMPC will be working hard over the next several months, well into the summer, to finalize these important components of the Paris meeting.

Finally, the AMPC is very excited to announce a new feature at this year’s ISMRM Annual Meeting: a late breaking session! The topic for this year’s late breaking session is “Machine Learning.” Check out the details of the Late-Breaking Abstracts and submit your latest and greatest work to present in Honolulu.

Many thanks to those in the AMPC for all of their hard work – thank you! The Society is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers on the AMPC to bring such great annual meetings to you. I am sure you know many of these volunteers – be sure to thank them next time you see them around. And of course, a huge shout out to the team at the Central Office (Roberta, Candace, Sally, Melissa, John and Anne-Marie) and from MIRA (Patrick and Joel) for making this all work – thank you!

At this point, I am sure that many of you have registered, finalized your travel arrangements to Hawai’i and booked your hotel rooms.

We are getting closer each day to the Annual Meeting, and I look forward to seeing all of you in April.

Keep Riding the Wave,


The ISMRM Fun Run 2017 is sold out!

But you can still come cheer on the runners on Sunday, 23 April 2017, during the beautiful 5K run/walk in Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon from 05:30-07:30 (starts at 06:00). See you there!