History, Mission & Inclusivity

History

On January 1, 1994, the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging merged to form the Society of Magnetic Resonance (now named the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine).  The first annual meeting of the merged Society was held in Dallas, Texas, USA, in March 1994.  The most recent annual meeting was held in Singapore, 07-13 May 2016.

The merged International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is an international, nonprofit, scientific association whose purpose is to promote communication, research, development, and applications in the field of magnetic resonance in medicine and biology and other related topics and to develop and provide channels and facilities for continuing education in the field.  Its multidisciplinary membership of over 6,000 consists of clinicians, physicists, engineers, biochemists, and technologists.

In addition to its large scientific meetings, the Society holds workshops and publishes two journals, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It also sponsors study groups on specific areas of scientific interest and chapters based on geographical location.

Mission

(Extracted from the Society bylaws)
(The complete Bylaws are available to ISMRM/SMRT members only.)

The purposes of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Inc. (ISMRM) (hereinafter in these Bylaws referred to as the “Society”) shall be as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws.  The powers of the Society and of its Board Members, Officers, Committees and Members, and all matters concerning the conduct and regulation of the affairs of the Society and the manner in which and the Officers and agents by whom its purposes may be accomplished shall be governed by such provisions in regard thereto, if any, as are set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws.

The purposes of the Society, as stated in the Articles of Incorporation, are:

(A)

  • (i) To promote communication, research, development, applications, and the availability of information on magnetic resonance in medicine and biology and other related topics internationally;
  • (ii) To develop and provide channels and facilities for continuing education and communication in the field, to publish and assist in the publishing of journals and other publications in the field; and
  • (iii) To provide information and advice on those aspects of public policy which are concerned with magnetic resonance in medicine and biology and other related topics, and otherwise perform charitable, scientific and educational functions with respect to magnetic resonance applications in medicine and biology and other related topics.

(B) To work with or for, and to co-operate with local, regional and national governments and governmental and private agencies, organizations, firms and institutions in efforts to accomplish one or more of the above purposes.

(C) To ensure that scientists and clinicians working in the field have equal and fair opportunities to contribute to it.

Statement on Inclusivity

The ISMRM embraces and values the diversity of all its community regardless of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion and socioeconomic status. It is our mission to ensure that everyone working in our field has equal and fair opportunities to contribute.

Anti‐Harassment and Non‐Discrimination Statement

We stand together against harassment and discrimination. Respectful and professional behavior within the ISMRM is expected at all times. All members are responsible for making the Society a safe, inclusive environment where every individual feels valued, respected and able to do their best work. Every member of our community should feel empowered to speak up without fear if they experience or observe behavior that violates these core values. Any incidents occurring at ISMRM activities should be brought to the attention of the Society’s leadership and will be appropriately addressed.