2017 Secret Sessions

Shhh! It’s a secret!

Off-program content. Just for you. Only in the Resonarium.

It’s a secret to everybody.


16:15-17:15 – Employers Panel

  • Overview: This session takes the form of a panel discussion to open the conversation on how highly qualified personnel can take the lead on their career development and planning. The session will include an open floor networking session. The conversation focuses on soft skills development and effective career planning at early stages.
  • Organizers: Zahra Hosseini, Chao Ma
  • Panelists (academia): Mark Griswold, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Scott Reeder
  • Panelists (indusry): Gwen Herigault (Philips), Heide Harris (GE), Robert Krieg (Siemens)


09:00-10:00 – Leadership panel

  • Overview: Ever wonder how to get involved in ISMRM beyond an annual poster? Hear from past, present and future chairs of the ISMRM how they got their start in ISMRM leadership roles and how you can have an impact in our Society. From organising Secret Sessions to running for President.
  • Organizers: Phillip Ward
  • Panelists: Mark Griswold, Derek Jones, Linda Knutsson, Karla Miller, Scott Reeder, Daniel Sodickson, Nikola Stikov

14:00-15:00 – Ideas in Retrospect: Hindsight is 20/20

  • Overview: An expert panel of innovators reflect on the transformation of ideas into significant developments in MRI. Join the discussion to hear and ask about their experience on successful and not so successful projects.
  • Organizers: Diego Hernando, Olivia Viessmann, Phillip Ward
  • Panelists: Fernando Calamante, Clarissa Cooley, Peter Jezzard, Kevin Koch

16:15-17:15 – Resonarium Unavailable (private session)


09:00-10:00 – Algorithm Breakdown

  • Overview: This informal session will explore the process, challenges and pitfalls of successful algorithm development. The audience will hear from colleagues experienced in the development, validation and application of formulations and algorithms for MRI. We are aiming for a relaxed and informative discussion that provides deeper insight than is typically available in ISMRM scientific sessions.
  • Organizers: Mark Chiew, Diego Hernando
  • Panelists: Dan Ennis, William Grissom, Justin Haldar

13:45-14:45 – BART Demo

  • Overview: The Berkeley Advanced Reconstruction Toolbox (BART) is a free and open-source image-reconstruction framework for computational MRI. In this session, BART developers we will demonstrate some of its features and answer questions. We would also love to hear about your BART-related projects.
  • Organizers: Martin Uecker, Jonathan Tamir, Frank Ong, Michael Lustig

17:00-18:00 – Machine Learning (ke a’o ‘ana i nā kamepiula)

  • Overview: Why is machine learning a hot topic this year? What can it do and how do I get started? Find out from a panel of experts how they got started and what they learned along the way.
  • Organizers: Maria Eugenia Caligiuri, Doug Kelley, Yi Zhang
  • Panelists: Daniel Alexander, Krzysztof Geras, Kerstin Hammernik, Florian Knoll, Dinggang Shen


09:00-10:00 – Meet and Greet with Women@ISMRM

  • Overview: Meet and Greet with the Women in ISMRM Ad Hoc Committee: The Committee members will present plans for the year, and have an open discussion. Let your feedback, suggestions, and concerns be known!
  • Organizers: Deborah Burstein, Elizabeth Morris
  • Participants: Claudia Hilenbrand, Masako Kataoka, Emily McWalter, Lindy Rae, Tiffany Shih, Nicole Sieberlich

13:30-14:30 – Science Communication Speakeasy

  • Overview: In this panel we will discuss the various communication channels (blogs, magazines, mainstream and social media) through which ISMRM members are recruiting and promoting the next generation of leaders in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. In keeping with the speakeasy vibe of the secret sessions, we will also be distributing drink tickets for the MRM Highlights party at the Sheraton (Rumfire lounge) on Thursday night. Don’t tell your friends!
  • Organizers: Nikola Stikov
  • Panelists: Erika Raven, Mark Griswold, Walter Block, Jeffrey Dunn, Derek Jones

15:00-16:00 – First Impressions Workshop – hosted by Women@ISMRM

  • Overview: Who are you, what do you do, and why should I care? The Women@ISMRM Ad Hoc committee invites all to a workshop on memorable introductions, and delineating the impact of your work with clarity.
  • Organizers: Deborah Burstein, Lauren O’Donnell