Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends of the ESMRMB,
It is a great honour and pleasure for me to serve as your new president.
I am a neuroradiologist from Uppsala, Sweden, and I have worked with MR
scientifically since 1984 and clinically since 1986. The mission of ESMRMB to
promote the development and practical application of magnetic resonance in
Europe is becoming increasingly important, since MR is growing scientifically
as well as clinically. It is my personal opinion that our mission can be
accomplished only by close collaboration between physicists, radiologist,
radiographers and all others working in the field. The increasing membership
of ESMRMB including these categories, now also offering a membership
category for radiographers, is therefore close to my heart. This is also a time
of increasing collaboration between different scientific societies with partly
ESMRMB is, as you know, institutional member of the European Society of
Radiology (ESR) , we have a close collaboration with the ISMRM and we have
several partner societies among the European/national MR societies. In 2013,
we celebrate the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB. The first
Annual Meeting was held in Geneva in 1984, and that was also the first MR
meeting I attended as a young resident in radiology, why this year is special
for me as well as for our society. Our 2013 Meeting will take place in Toulouse,
France in October, and I cordially invite all of you to submit abstracts and
attend the meeting. The chair of the Scientific Programme Committee,
Prof. Xavier Golay and his team as well as Prof. Siegfried Trattnig, chairperson
of the Education and Workshop Committee are preparing an exciting scientific
and educational programme for the meeting. We will also continue our
successful educational programmes, including the School of MRI , the Lectures
on MR and Hands-On MRI courses, during the coming year.
Our journal MAGMA is, thanks to your excellent submitted contributions and to
our editor-in-chief Prof. Patrick Cozzone, continuing to convey new scientific
results as well as updates on new MR techniques to us all. Molecular imaging
will play an increasing role in research as well as for clinical diagnosis, and we
will be involved in many ways, e.g. by the emerging PET-MR scanners, where
we are happy to collaborate with PET-experts.
I hope that we will become a growing European MR society and that we will
meet in person at our annual meeting and at teaching activities and also via
social media (we are on Facebook and Twitter).
I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With my kindest regards,