Frontiers in Preclinical MRI

September 30, 2020

Frontiers in Preclinical MRI

Living up to the 3R Principle

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.

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 feature 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 meeting will address the 3R topic by an introductory lecture on animal welfare regulations and requirements in Europe, and be closed by an interactive discussion of contributed presentations.

Call for contributions to the 3R discussion session

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. We are looking for contributions that highlight applications of MRI in preclinical studies, which actually reduced the number of animals or provided substantial added value by employing refined methods of animal experimentation. If you have such examples please submit a short (250 word) abstract by August 31, 2020 (send a 1-page pdf document to We plan to summarise this session in a joint publication of all contributors in our society journal, MAGMA.

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 meeting you online!

Cornelius Faber

Chair of the Organising Committee

Preliminary Programme

Imaging Brain Function & Microstructure

10:30 – 11:30

Bridging the Translational Gap in Stroke Research: A Preclinical Perspective
Marina Radmilovic, Croatian institute for Brain Research, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia

Title tba
Valerio Zerbi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Combining fMRI with electrical recording and stimulation in anesthetized and awake rats
Olli Gröhn, A.I.Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

Progress in Cardiac Imaging

11:30 – 12:30

Radial 4D Phase-contrast Acquisition Strategies to Quantify and Visualize Blood Flow Hemodynamics in Vivo
Verena Hoerr, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Medical Physics Group, Jena, Germany

Title tba
Jurgen Schneider, University of Leeds, School of Medicine

Lunch Break & Poster Viewing Time

12:30 – 14:30

Frontiers in Cancer Imaging

14:30 – 15:10

Multimodal Imaging of the Tumour Microenvironment
Michal Neeman, Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot/IL

Title tba
Amnon Bar-Shir, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot/IL

Molecular MR Imaging

15:10 – 16:00

Coffee Break & Poster Viewing Time

16:00 – 16:30

Preclinical MRI - Submitted Abstracts

16:30 – 17:30

Details tba

Coffee Break & Poster Viewing Time

17:30 – 17:45

3Rs Discussion & Abstracts

19:00 – 20:00

19:00 – 19:20 Introduction to the 3R Principle
Armand Mensen, Swiss 3R Competence Centre

19:20 – 20:00 Open Discussion


Registration will be available soon. Registration will only be available as a full congress ticket to ESMRMB 2020, i.e. including Oct. 1 and 2, 2020. Registration fees can be viewed here.

This Event is kindly supported by

Bronze Sponsor


Rapid Biomed