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Message from the President
Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB

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

ISMRM and ESMRMB are looking forward to inviting delegates to the meeting in Milan.  We had a record number of abstract submissions this year, totaling 6480, which augurs well for a successful Annual Meeting.  Annual Meeting Program Chair, Derek Jones, has worked tirelessly over the past year to ensure that the best possible scientific interactions can occur during the meeting.  A particularly noteworthy new initiative is the "Newbies Reception" to which all first time attendees will be invited and will be able to network with more established members of the Society.  This initiative has resulted from a "Trainee Working Advisory Group" that Derek set up at the Salt Lake City meeting and that enabled the ISMRM leadership to gain valuable face-to-face feedback from a spectrum of trainee members (including several who had never attended an ISMRM Annual Meeting before).  The feedback that we got was that. . .read more

Bill Edelstein in Aberdeen

Many of you will already be aware of the sad death of Bill Edelstein in February 2014.  Bill was a pioneer in our field and was also a Gold Medal winner of the Society.  Here, Jim Hutchison, Tom Redpath and Glyn Johnson, co-authors on Bill's seminal 1980 spin-warp paper, provide some reminiscences of their time together in Aberdeen:

Recollections of Jim Hutchison, Tom Redpath and Glyn Johnson

Bill, recently married to Fiona, arrived in Aberdeen in September 1977 to begin a post-doctoral position with Jim Hutchison in the Department of Biomedical Physics, University of Aberdeen. Following a BS in Physics from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from Harvard (coincidentally under the supervision of Robert Pound) Bill had spent three years as a post-doc at the University of Glasgow searching in vain for gravity waves. NMR imaging (Bill hated what he considered the nonsensical neologism, MRI) was another long shot but John Mallard had recently persuaded the UK Medical Research Council to give the Department £30,000 (a derisory £150,000 at current prices) to build a whole body scanner.

Bill was absolutely the right person to join Jim on the project as he loved the . . .read more

Governance News

We are pleased to announce the recent election results for Vice President-Elect as well as four Board members, who will be installed at our upcoming business meeting on Wednesday, 14 May 2014, in Milan, Italy, during the Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB.  We extend our sincere thank you to all the candidates for their participation in this important process and our warm congratulations to our new Vice President-Elect and four Board of Trustees members

And the winners are
. . .read more

Rising Stars

This issue we are pleased to showcase four of our 2013-14 Junior Fellows, awarded last April in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, at the ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Olivier Girard
CRMBM, Aix-Marseille Universit
Marseille, France
Read more about Olivier. . .

Peiying Liu

Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, USA
Read more about Peiying. . .

Prachi Pandit
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA, USA
(currently at UCSF)
Read more about Prachi. . .

Noam Shemesh
Weizmann Institute of Science
(Currently at Champalimaud Center)
Read more about Noam. . .

Spotlight on two upcoming ISMRM Workshops!

         ISMRM Workshop on Functional MRI
22-25 June 2014
Charleston, SC, USA
ISMRM Workshop on Motion Correction
11-14 July 2014
Tromsø, Norway
     An ISMRM Workshop on Functional MRI will be held 22-25 June 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The purpose of the workshop is to inform researchers and clinicians interested in brain imaging about the latest advances in the development and application of MR techniques to probe brain function. Major topics of the workshop include electrophysiology & neurovascular coupling, fMRI signal mechanism & biophysics, fMRI imaging technologies, fast-imaging methods, oxygen extraction fraction & cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen, personalized fMRI interpretation, and clinical & neuroscience prospects of fMRI.
     The workshop will feature invited scientific presentations, proffered papers, and poster sessions. A Young Investigator Award for which students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible will be awarded based on the quality of the presented work and presentation. The interdisciplinary faculty and broad audience will ensure that technologies and methodologies are communicated and shared between radiologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, neurosurgeons, neuroscientists, physicists, engineers, physiologists, trainees, and technologists.

Abstract Deadline:  3 April 2014!
    This summer it is time for the second workshop on Motion Correction in MRI!  Three years ago it was held in Kitzbühel, Austria, close to the ski slopes.  This time we will be in another mountainous area - in Tromsø, located in northern Norway.
     The workshop will be held between 11-14 July, a time of the year when the sun never sets.  For the morning of the first day, an overview from a clinical and physicist's perspectives will be given, followed by the vendors' views of the status of motion correction today.  In the afternoon it is time to open your laptop (with Matlab installed, if you have it, otherwise we'll share) for some hands-on learning of the basic principles of motion correction.  We believe this is a great opportunity, not the least for students with little programming experience on the topic, but also for clinical people who wonder how it's done!  The following days will cover a wide selection of retrospective a prospective correction methods, including many exciting MR navigators.  Hope to see you there!  Bring a sweater for the midnight walk(s)!

Abstract Deadline:  16 April 2014!

Spotlight on Diffusion in Podstrana, Croatia

The ISMRM workshop on Diffusion as a Probe of Neural Tissue Microstructure was held 14 - 18 October in the beautiful coastal Adriatic setting of Podstrana, Croatia. It was the third ISMRM workshop organized by the Diffusion Study Group in this century after the meetings in Saint-Malo (2002) and Lake Louise (2005). The meeting focussed on the nervous system due to the growing amount of experimental and analytical methods developed on this topic since the previous meeting 8 years earlier. The workshop was structured around 24 invited talks, which were excellent, and 96 proffered poster presentations covering a wide span of diffusion MRI, from methodology to clinical application. The workshop was well attended with 175 attendees from around the globe. The secluded location of the workshop hotel facilitated mingling and long informal discussions.   . . .Read more

The Latest from Global Outreach
(generously supported by Philips and Siemens)
ISMRM Global Outreach
Agra, India
23-26 January 2014

Regional Coordinator: 
Rakesh Gupta

Read all about it!
ISMRM Global Outreach
Cape Town, S. Africa

21-23 February 2014

Regional Coordinator: 
Leon Janse van Rensburg

Read all about it!
Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB
10-16 May 2014
Did you know. . .
  • You can still register (avoid long lines!)

  • You can still reserve a room (be prepared!)

  • You can still find a roommate (be frugal!)

  • You can compete in the Great Italian Art & Food Challenge (be creative!)

  • You can participate in the Passport Game in the technical exhibition, sponsored by Tourism Toronto (win great prizes for 2015!)

  • You can advance your skills and earn up to 52.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM or up to 5 crediti ECM per partecipanti Italiani or up to 41 CPD credit points per EFOMP (be smart!)

  • You can share your questions, your thoughts and your work with 6,000 of your closest colleagues (be a star!)

Register today!

Vol. 3, Issue 1, March 2014

Of Special Note. . .

Top Resources

Upcoming ISMRM Events

·       Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB
10-16 May 2014

·       Workshop on Functional MRI: Emerging Techniques & New Interpretations
22-25 June 2014

·       Workshop on Motion Correction in MRI
11-14 July 2014

·       Workshop on Safety in MRI: Guidelines, Rationale & Challenges
5-7 September 2014
More Info Coming Soon

·       Workshop on MR in Cancer: Challenges & Unmet Needs
6-9 November 2014
More Info Coming Soon

·       Workshop on MRI in the Management of Breast Disease: Past, Present & Future
12-15 February 2015
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.

And don't forget the upcoming

SMRT 23rd Annual Meeting
10-11 May 2014
Milan, Italy

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