Frontiers in Preclinical MRI
September 30, 2020

Frontiers in Preclinical MRI

Living up to the 3R Principle

Date: September 30, 2020
Venue: Fira Barcelona, Montjuic Venue, Palau de Congressos (Congress Centre)

It is my pleasure to invite you to the second ESMRMB Preclinical MRI Event “Frontiers in Preclinical MRI: Living up to the 3R Principle – Contribution of Preclinical MRI”, to be held on September 30, 2020, one day before the ESMRMB Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 (October 1-3).

The meeting is designed to provide an overview of state-of-the-art preclinical MR, to explore future directions of preclinical MR and to initiate collaboration. As last year, the meeting will provide plenty of time to engage in fruitful exchanges with peers and colleagues. This year, a special focus will be on the contribution of preclinical MRI to the 3R efforts in the life sciences, in particular on refining animal experiments as well as reducing numbers.

The meeting is tailored to attract basic scientists, engineers, hardware professionals, translational researchers, applied scientists, veterinarians and clinicians with all levels of experience and expertise ranging from undergraduate and graduate students interested in imaging to trainees, advanced users and applications experts with the goal to strengthen interdisciplinary bonds and to foster translational work.

The scientific program will start with four scientific sessions on the latest developments in the major fields of preclinical MRI, presented by extraordinary speakers including leading preclinical experts in the respective MRI disciplines. The afternoon will address the 3R topic by an introductory lecture on animal welfare regulations and requirements in Europe, followed by an interactive discussion of contributed presentations. The afternoon will continue with a final scientific session “Exotica”, presenting curious preclinical MRI topics, which are not usually in the focus and rarely presented at MR meetings. The day will close with the second interactive element of this years’ event, the round table discussion on “Standardization in preclinical MRI – is there a reproducibility crisis?”.

To provide a representative view of the contribution of preclinical MR to refine and reduce numbers in animal experiments in the life sciences, we call for short abstracts for contributed presentations during the 3R session – see the Call for Abstracts below.

With this highly interactive and interdisciplinary event, we would like to engage the preclinical and clinical community, and encourage established scholars as well as young researchers and students to discuss the present and future of preclinical MRI research.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and meet colleagues from across Europe and beyond. We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

Cornelius Faber
Chair of the Organising Committee

Call for Abstracts

The Organising Committee for the ESMRMB Preclinical MRI invites you to submit short abstracts for poster presentations during the 3R afternoon session.

We are looking for contributions that highlight applications of MRI in preclinical studies that

  • actually reduced the number of animals
  • provided substantial added value by employing refined methods of animal experimentation

If you have such examples please submit your short abstract (max. 250 words, plus one optional figure) as one-page pdf document to the ESMRMB office via email, clearly indicating that you are submitting an abstract for the Preclinical Event 2020.

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020

The presenter of the poster has to be registered for the 2020 Preclinical MRI Event. Selected contributors will be invited to contribute to a status report on the role of preclinical MRI for 3R, to be published in MAGMA (ESMRMB Society Journal).

Note: This call for abstracts is solely valid for the Preclinical MRI event, Sept. 30, 2020. If you would like to submit an abstract to the ESMRMB 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, please click here and follow the instructions for online submission!

Preliminary Programme

Imaging Brain Function and Microstructure

09:00 – 10:00

Progress in Cardiac Imaging

10:00 – 10:40

Coffee Break

10:40 – 11:10

Frontiers in Cancer Imaging

11:10 – 11:50

Molecular MR Imaging

11:50 – 12:30

Industry Lunch Symposium
Details tbc
3Rs Introduction

13:30 – 14:00

Poster Session 3Rs

14:00 – 15:30

Details tba

Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:10


16:10 – 16:50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Standardization in Preclinical MR – Is There a Reproducibility Crisis?





Cornelius Faber

This Event is kindly supported by

Gold Sponsor

Bruker Logo


Silver Sponsor

MR Solutions


Bronze Sponsors

Rapid Biomed