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I am very happy to announce the Call for Abstracts for the 28th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ESMRMB) to be held in Leipzig (Germany), October 6-8, 2011! The Scientific Programme offerings of the Leipzig Meeting should be most attractive to clinicians, basic scientists and MR engineers alike. The Deadline for abstract submission is May 26, 2011. I refer you to the ESMRMB website (http://www.esmrmb.org) for details on how to submit abstracts of proferred communications via the OASIS™ abstract submission system.
Professor Richard Ernst, 1991 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (for his contributions to the development of methodology of high-resolution NMR spectroscopy), will deliver the inaugural Sir Peter Mansfield Lecture. Title of his talk will be “Reminiscences of MRI’s Pioneering Phase: Mansfield, Lauterbur, and Others”. Leading experts will provide the Plenary Talks. Plenary Sessions will deal with Gender Differences in Health (focus on multiparametric MRI of prostate, on MRI of breast, and on insights provided by MRI into male/female differences in the developing brain), with MRI Beyond the Proton (focus on non-proton MRI/MRS for cardiac explorations, on clinical and experimental aspects of 23Na MRI as well as on the use of 13C MRS to decipher human metabolism) and with the issue of Whether – or To What Extent – In-vivo “Histology” May Be Performed with MRI (focus on in vivo parcelling of the human cerebral cortex and on visualizing cortical myelination patterns with MRI).
Further highlights of the Annual Meeting will be the Round Table Discussion and the Hot Topic Debate. The Round Table Discussion will address the question why DTI is not enough in MR tractography. Diffusion MRI approaches performing far better than DTI (crossing fibres!) have been described – why aren’t they widely used in the clinic? The Hot Topic Debate should yield an answer to the question whether ASL is ready for routine clinical use in tissue perfusion imaging. The format of this debate consists of a brief introduction by the Moderator followed by 15 minute presentations by a Proponent and by an Opponent, all three of them being top-rated scientists and/or clinicians with excellent communication abilities and with esprit. Attendees will then be given plenty of time to express personal opinions before they will be asked to provide a final vote – pro or contra. As has been repeatedly observed since its introduction at the Annual Meetings of the ESMRMB, the Hot Topic Debate provides a unique opportunity to gain deep insight into controversial aspects related to a “hot” topic – while having a lot of fun!
One of the strengths of the ESMRMB lies in the quality of its educational programmes. Attendees will be presented a wide range of offerings meeting the educational demands of clinicians, basic scientists, technologists and engineers alike. Educational programmes will be offered in the form of Mini-categorical Courses and of Teaching Sessions.
Mini-categorical Courses will be organized in five parallel sessions, scheduled in the morning, prior to the regular Scientific Sessions. Each course will count three sessions (one per day), with two speakers per session. General topics that will be covered are Image Clustering and Segmentation, “Imaging More with Less”, MRI of Sports Injuries, MRI of Obesity & Diabetes, and Cellular Labelling. The course on the latter topic will be organized by ENCITE, the European Network for Cell Imaging and Tracking Expertise.
Eight Teaching Sessions (three speakers each) have been set up by the Education and Workshop Committee of the ESMRMB, under the expert guidance of Prof.Dr. Ewald Moser. Teaching sessions will be held in sequence so as to allow attending all of them in case of interest. Sessions will be focussed on Basics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Advanced MRI Artefact Reduction, RF Coil Design, Resting-state Functional MRI, MRI of Joints, Added Value of MRI in Cardiac Imaging, Advanced Neuroimaging and MRI Contrast Manipulation.
Following the success of the Joint EFOMP / ESMRMB Session at the Antalya 2009 Annual Meeting, this experience will be repeated in Leipzig. The session will focus on “Hybrid Systems”, with coverage of MRI-PET, MRI-Linac and MRI-HIFU. Undoubtedly, this session will be of major interest to MRI and Medical Physics communities alike!
The Annual Meeting will further feature industry-funded Lunch Symposia and an extensive Technical Exhibition with the latest products on display from all major industrial and pharmaceutical companies involved in MRI.
The Scientific Programme will count numerous parallel Scientific Sessions for oral presentation of the proffered communications. Three broad categories of proffered communications will be considered – versus two during previous Meetings. Besides regular Scientific Session communications – referring to original studies dealing with clinical applications, with preclinical topics or with basic science – and Software Exhibit communications (formerly entitled Info-RESO communications) – referring to non-commercial software packages managing MR data and that are to be presented at a dedicated Exhibit Room - a new category of communications has been introduced. Within this category of Clinical Review Poster Session communications, case reports and small clinical series, clinical and pictorial reviews and illustrations of novel MR solutions to clinical challenges will be presented. Thus extending the scope of the proffered communications, the Annual Meeting should appeal even more to young clinicians.
Space and time slots will further be provided for viewing of traditional (paper) and electronic (“EPOS”) posters, as well as for allowing attendance of the Software Exhibit. The Technical Exhibition will be open to attendees all over the Meeting, from early morning till late afternoon.
I want to encourage clinicians and scientists under 35 years of age (as per January 1, 2011) to participate in the Young Investigator Award (YIA) competition. Beyond considerable prize money, the prestigious Young Investigator Award may present significant career benefits! Details for participation can be found here. Suffice it to mention here that participation will require submission to MAGMA (“Magn Reson Mater Phy”, the official journal of the ESMRMB) of a full paper corresponding to a first-authored abstract of a Scientific Session communication. Deadline for manuscript submission to MAGMA will be May 26, 2011, as is the case with the regular abstracts. Young Investigator Awards – as well as Poster Awards - will be awarded by the President of the ESMRMB during the Closing Ceremony of the Annual Congress.
On behalf of the Scientific Programme Committee, I warmly invite you to submit abstracts of your work, to participate in the Young Investigator Award if you qualify for it, and eventually to join us in Leipzig during the Annual Meeting to share information on state-of-the-art developments in MRI and to enjoy in good company the numerous attractions of the city!
Prof.Dr. Christoph Segebarth Chairperson of the Scientific Programme Committee