E-news from the
International Society for Magnetic Resonance
in Medicine

Vol. 1, Issue 1, 16 July 2012

Message from the President

Thomas M. Grist, M.D., FACR
2012-13 ISMRM President
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, USA

Your patient lies in the magnet – unresponsive – what is the first thing you do?  Check the pulse! 

The ISMRM is well, with vigorous perfusion and healthy metabolism, but how can you be sure?  Check the MRPulse! – our revised, updated, and ecologically friendly electronic newsletter.

Many of you will recall the MR Pulse, a paper periodical that was intended to enhance communication and awareness of the events in our community.  We are one community of many people from - diverse backgrounds – distributed all over the world. How do we strengthen our common bonds, and do so in an ecologically friendly way? 

Our journals, workshops, and annual meetings all serve to strengthen those bonds.  Our website is an important source of information and communication, but isn’t the best medium to disseminate some of the messages from your leaders, items of personal interest, and news from our talented membership. 

One of my goals as President of the ISMRM is to enhance our sense of community outside of the annual meeting. The 2012 annual meeting in Melbourne, organized by Jim Pipe, Ph.D., was a great success by all accounts.  Our tradition of the annual meeting is a cornerstone of our society, and serves to enhance our sense of being a part of one community, but how do we carry this feeling beyond our meeting?

As your president, I am proposing to expand a number of initiatives to enhance our sense of community, including virtual journal clubs, online interactive symposia, and virtual educational programs.  I also plan to enhance our sense of community in a more sustainable way by distributing a monthly electronic newsletter – the MRPulse.

This monthly publication will keep you quickly informed of important society news, scientific and educational programs, and other events.  I will use this as a vehicle to communicate some of the many initiatives that your hard working ISMRM staff, Board of Trustees, and Committee members are engaged in. If you have news to share please let us know.  So, when you feel a need to check the ISMRM vital signs, start by checking the MRPulse!

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