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Message from the President

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

Workshops:  The ISMRM Working for You!

In our last edition of the MR Pulse, I described my goal this year of enhancing our sense of “community” throughout the year, including at times outside of the annual meeting. One needs to look no further than our workshop program to identify a great example of how we can enhance this sense of community in the ISMRM.  Our workshop program is thriving; the recent MR safety workshop set record attendance of more than 225 members. Congratulations to the organizing chairs, Titti Owman and Freddy Stahlberg, for conceiving of and leading a great program, and many thanks to the speakers who contributed so much to the workshop. During the safety workshop, we also rolled out our first live twitter coverage of the event, thanks to Greg Brown and his colleagues.   Our annual meeting is a great event, but sometimes the sheer size of the meeting, and the number of parallel sessions, leave our members a bit frustrated, because they were unable to. . .

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Members in the News

Keep us updated and let us share your good news with the community in Members in the News!  Keep track of your colleagues as they receive awards, accept appointments and gain recognition around the globe.

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Rising Stars

This month we are pleased to profile Matthew Middione, the 2012 Young Investigator Award winner of the I. I. Moore Award for clinical science, recently awarded in Melbourne, Australia, at the ISMRM 20th Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

2012 Young Investigator Award
W. S. Moore Award for Clinical Science

Matthew Middione
University of California Los Angeles
Chemical Shift Induced Phase Errors in Phase Contrast MRI

My first experience with MRI came at California State University, Fresno where I studied for my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Physics.  There I took an MRI course instructed by Dr. Amir Huda, who also founded the program.  I thoroughly enjoyed the math and physics associated with the formation of the MR signal as well as the image acquisition process learned in the lab portion of the course, in which we got to utilize scanners at the local VA hospital.  I decided to pursue my PhD in Biomedical Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where I am currently a 4th year student under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Ennis.  Dr. Ennis has been instrumental in the development of my . . .

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Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe
ISMRM member, Jeff Duerk, recently sent us an article from CNN regarding efforts lead by Matthew Inman ( to raise cash to buy Nikola Tesla’s last remaining laboratory, with hopes to preserve the facility as a science center and museum honoring “the 

father of the electric age.”  As a result of this article as well as other news on this topic, over US$1,000,000 has been raised.  The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe is becoming a reality.  If you would like to know more or donate to this cause, just go to

For History’s Sake

Can you help us?  We need you to pull out the slides, photos, news articles, videos – whatever you have and are willing to share – regarding the history of this society and the evolution of MR.  We want pictures of pioneers in the field, pictures of you and your colleagues over the years, pictures taken at the annual meetings, and pictures of scanners and coils and. . .well, you know what we mean.  We ask that you scan and identify where possible who and what the pictures depict. . .we have people in the Central Office who have been around a long time, but maybe not that long.  Please just send your contributions to   If the file sizes are too large, just call the office at +1 510-841-1899 and arrangements will be made for you to upload the photos via the web.  Thank you for your help!

Events Showcase

Registration & Housing are now open!

Discovery, Innovation & Application – Advancing MR for Improved Health


Click here for an important message from Garry E. Gold, ISMRM 2013 Program Chair

We are pleased to announce that the annual meeting website, as well as the abstract submission site, is available for the upcoming ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting & Exhibition.  Just go online and view, among other options, the Call for Papers (your gateway to the abstract submission site), Stipend Programs, Junior Fellowship program, preliminary program, etc.  Also, please note registration and housing are now open!  Plan early! We hope to see you in Salt Lake City.  And please note, the abstract deadline is 7 November 2012, 23:59 Eastern.  New items go up on this website weekly, so monitor and stay up to date on the ISMRM premier event!  Oh, and by the way, start looking for those old ISMRM bags. . .BYOB2  rules & regulations will be posted soon!

To read more about this program
, to register, to reserve. .  .

If you miss a virtual journal club, workshop, or annual meeting, remember, we record almost everything at the ISMRM, making them available immediately to event participants, and then to ISMRM members on 1 January following.

 It pays to renew early!  Pay your dues today online – just click here.

Vol. 1, Issue 2, 23 Oct 2012

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Top Resources

Upcoming ISMRM Events

·        SCMR-ISMRM Jointly Sponsored Workshop on New Horizons in Highfield Cardiovascular MR:  Promise & Progress
30-31 January 2013

·        Workshop on Data Sampling
3-6 February 2013

·        Workshop on MR of Cancer Gone Multimodal
19-22 February 2013

·        Workshop on Ultra High Field MRI: What is in Full Bloom & What is Sprouting?
2-5 March 2013

·        Workshop on Diffusion as a Probe of Tissue Microstructure
15-18 October 2013

Future Issues of MRPulse will include workshop summaries, journal highlights from our editors, as well as important updates about your ISMRM.  If you have something you would like to share with your colleagues, please just let us know.  

Upcoming SMRT Events

Be sure to calendar and encourage your technologists and radiographers to attend one or all of the following SMRT programs:

Northwest Chapter Regional Seminar
27 October 2012; Everett, WA, USA

New England Chapter President’s Regional Seminar
3-4 Nov 2012; Salem, MA, USA

SMRT 6th Annual BeNeLux Chapter Educational Seminar
12 April 2013; Amsterdam, The Netherlands

SMRT 22nd Annual Meeting
20-21 April 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA

To read more about these as well as the home study program and other SMRT activities, just
click here.

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