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

Vol. 2, Issue 1, 3 Feb 2013

2012-2013 Junior Fellow

David O. Brunner
University & ETH Zurich

I grew up most of the time in Rapperswil, a little town close to Zurich. I studied then solid state physics at the ETH Zurich but wanted a switch in topic after my master thesis. Since I had injured my knee right in that time I came thereby in contact with MRI. After investigating a bit about the technology behind it I found that exceptionally many aspects and knowledge of physics, mathematics, engineering and physiology come together to form these images a fact which fascinates me still most about the field. I think even that this is the reason for the open mindedness and the collaborative spirit of the society. Therefore it was also no surprise that I found such people in Zurich in the group of Klaas Pruessmann to start my PhD thesis on the new 7T scanner that was just being installed back then.

Currently I am mostly involved in the development of MR methods and hardware concerning magnetic field measurement and control, excitation and detection of ultra-short T2 samples, ultra-high field systems and their RF equipment and spectrometers for specialty applications.

For me, the junior fellowship award is a very important recognition from the society showing that the thesis a young scientist has been writing the years before is not just stocked in a dark archive of his university but that there is some real interest for it out there in the world. I do also think that the award is important for the society itself because it helps young investigators in developing themselves in the society and helping to form a lively society also in the future.