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Message from the President
ISMRM Virtual Meetings

Peter Jezzard, Ph.D.
2013-14 ISMRM President

Welcome to the first MR Pulse Newsletter of the 2013/2014 year. I am sure that you all are aware of our Annual Scientific Meeting as a venue for scientific networking and for learning about the latest developments in our vibrant field. But are you aware of all the other activities that ISMRM provides over the course of the year? I particularly wanted to focus on two of the newer initiatives that are available to you and that I think will enrich your scientific lives. One is the Virtual Journal Club (VJC) that is already entering its third year. Mark Griswold has provided a superlative service as Master of Ceremonies for the VJC, that has discussed a range of topics spanning compressed sensing to hyperpolarized tracers to the ‘gagetron’ simulation environment.

         ISMRM now has a 500-seat licence with Adobe Connect to offer this service, so you should henceforth never have a problem joining the online conversation, especially if you use the VJC events as a group educational experience, as we do in Oxford. And if you do miss a VJC event then you can find them in the ISMRM archive. These truly are an outstanding opportunity for you to learn about the latest trends in our field by. . .read more

Spotlight on ISMRM Online Education

We are happy to announce a new online learning system, provided free to members for both ISMRM and SMRT Education. This new website, developed and maintained by the ISMRM, offers members the ability to track attendance and evaluate events like the ISMRM and SMRT Annual Meetings, store and save copies of credit certificates issued for Society activities, and engage in new learning opportunities through a Catalog of new online courses.  This is a milestone marking years of development from both organizations and is offered as part of your member benefits through a strategic partnership with Learning Management software developer DigitalIgnite. All users can keep track of their learning history and customize searches for new courses based on content area, Society membership or CE credit offered.

The ISMRM is currently offering five courses free to members, and many more are in development. Members can login and begin learning today.

ISMRM members should visit
SMRT members should visit

CME and SA-CME offerings
The ISMRM is also announcing our first online CME-certified educational course. . .read more

Helium Crisis Averted (at least for now!)

Many members of ISMRM will already be aware of another recent congressional crisis that had the potential to affect our field adversely. But for those who did not follow the story, here is a short summary:

Despite helium being the second most abundant element in the universe, it is a valuable commodity here on earth. It is extracted as a by-product of natural gas production, and of course has found use in NMR and MRI because of its low boiling temperature, making it ideal for use in cooling superconducting wire contained in magnets.

In the 1920s the US Government created a reserve of helium in Amarillo, Texas, anticipating its strategic importance in the new fashion of airship travel. However, that use never took off (so to speak!) and by the 1990s Congress was concerned that the debt accumulated by creating and storing this helium should be paid off. In 1996 it was decided that the Federal Helium Reserve should be sold off until such time as the debts incurred had been paid off.

Earlier in 2013 the costs of the facility were paid off, and so under the original legislation the facility was obliged to cease providing helium to commercial sources on October 7th this year. Since the Government source of helium represents about 30% of the world’s supply at present (and over 40% of the US domestic supply), and since there are . .
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Rising Stars

This month we are pleased to profile 2013 Young Investigator Award Winners, awarded in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, at the ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Chad Tyler Harris

Western University
London, Ontario, Canada
A New Approach to Shimming: The Dynamically Controlled Adaptive Current Network

Kun Qing

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA, United States

Regional Mapping of Gas Uptake by Red Blood Cells and Tissue in the Human Lung Using Hyperpolarized Xenon-129 MRI

Spotlight on ISMRM Workshop on Dynamic MR Imaging & Spectroscopy of Psychiatric Illness

         The ISMRM Dynamic MR Imaging and Spectroscopy of Psychiatric Illness Workshop was held 7-10 September 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.  It was very well received by the psychiatric imaging community, with over 40 participants attending from Europe and the US of which 30% were MD, 60% were PhD and 10% undeclared.  In addition, a quarter of the attendees were trainees/students.  The small size of the workshop allowed for a more intimate setting where attendees could meet, mingle and exchange ideas.  This allowed for several interactive discussions of various hot topics in psychiatric imaging where almost all of the attendees participated in a relaxed, collegial fashion.  When the meeting began, there were speakers and attendees; by the end of the workshop, there were only colleagues and friends.
         The workshop began with lectures from Drs. John Port (Rochester, Minnesota, USA) and Stephen Strakowski (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) who elaborated on the current state of psychiatric imaging, spectroscopy, diagnostic classification schemes and evolution of various psychiatric diseases over time, setting the stage for the remainder of
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Events Showcase

Preparations are underway for the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB to be held in Milan, Italy, 10-16 May 2014.  The meeting site is now open at where you will find the Letter from the Program Chair, Derek K. Jones, as well as Important Dates & Deadlines. . .are you preparing for the 13 November 2013 abstract deadline?  We are only two weeks away!  The Preliminary Program at a Glance, outlining the education which has been carefully constructed by our Vice Program Chair, Christine Chung, and her team of organizers, is also available.  Housing & Registration are also now open.  We encourage you to start planning early. 

There are a lot of new initiatives this year, so please take some time and review the website as well as monitor it as new information is being added regularly.

We look forward to seeing you in Milan!

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Vol. 2, Issue 2, Oct 2013

Of Special Note. . .

Top Resources

Upcoming ISMRM Events

·       Workshop on Diffusion as a Probe of Neural Tissue Microstructure
14-18 October 2013

·       SCMR-ISMRM Jointly Sponsored Workshop on Accelerated CMR
16 January 2014

·       Workshop on Functional MRI: Emerging Techniques & New Interpretations
July 2014
More info coming soon!

·       Workshop on Motion Correction in MRI
July 2014
More info coming soon!

Upcoming SMRT Events

Be sure to calendar and encourage your technologists and radiographers to attend an upcoming SMRT educational seminar For a full listing, just click here.

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