past event

ICEMED
Mid-Term Evaluation
Nov. 17-18
2015

ICEMED Mid-Term Evaluation, Nov. 17-18, 2015

Location:
Technische Universität München, Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS), Garching Forschungszentrum

Result of the ICEMED Mid-Term Evaluation, Nov 18, 2015

The ICEMED Mid-Term Evaluation took place on Nov, 18, 2015 at the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technische Universität München (TUM-IAS) in Garching Forschungszentrum (next to Munich). All ICEMED partners presented their results in talks or poster presentations. The Review panel – consisting of international experts in the respective research fields and Helmholtz Association leadership representatives – congratulated all ICEMED partners to an outstanding international level of science and collaborations established in the ICEMED Alliance over the last 3 years. They were impressed by the remarkable quality of research, the outstanding productivity, and high degree of international visibility achieved by the ICEMED Alliance.

7th Scientific Symposium on Clinical Needs, Research Promises and Technical Solutions in Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance

7th Scientific Symposium on Clinical Needs, Research Promises and Technical Solutions in Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance

Further to our first announcement we are very much delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 7th Scientific Symposium on Clinical Needs, Research Promises and Technical Solutions in Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance, which will be held on Friday, June 24th 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Registration
To register for the UHF-MR symposium and the social event please visit:
https://www.uhf-mr.de/2016/default.asp?id=6

Goals and Objectives

The symposium is from the community for the community. It is designed to provide an overview of state-of-the-art (pre)clinical ultrahigh field (UHF) MR, to discuss the clinical relevance of UHF MR, to explore future directions of UHF MR, to foster explorations into ultrahigh field MR and to initiate local, regional, national and international collaboration and last but not least to provide plenty of time to engage into fruitful exchange with your peers and colleagues.
The symposium is tailored to attract basic scientists, engineers, hardware professionals, translational researchers, clinical scientists, applied scientists 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.

Scientific Program

The scientific program comprises 4 sessions, all balancing technical developments and clinical applications. We are very much honored to present extraordinary (inter)national speakers including MR technology leaders and distinguished clinical experts, all bridging disciplinary boundaries and stimulating the imaging community to throw further weight behind the solution of unsolved problems and unmet clinical needs. Further details about the scientific program are provided under: https://www.uhf-mr.de/2016/default.asp?id=12.

Poster Session and Poster Power Presentations

The scientific program will be paralleled by a poster session. We wish to encourage those of you who are prepared to walk the extra mileage. The best posters will be rewarded with a poster award. Thanks to the communities valuable feedback we have also included 12 slots of 3 min poster power presentations in the program. This will give a large number of poster presenters the opportunity to be in the enlightening spotlight of the audience. We are eagerly looking forward to your poster contributions. To submit a poster abstract please visit: https://www.uhf-mr.de/2016/default.asp?id=11.

Technical Exhibition and Social Event

The symposium will be supplemented by a technical exhibition as well by a social event. For registration for the social event please visit: https://www.uhf-mr.de/2016/default.asp?id=6

Tour to the Glass Dome (cupola) of the Reichstags building

The symposium will be supplemented by a tour to the Glass Dome (cupola) of the Reichstags building on Saturday June 25th. The Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament (the Bundestag). The Glass Dome is one of Berlin’s famous attractions offering a 360-degree panoramic and amazing view of the surrounding cityscape. This modern structure symbolizes the reunification of Germany, evokes the transparency of the government and that the people are above it. The tour provides plenty of opportunities to engage into thoughtful scientific discussions and into fruitful international exchange with peers and colleagues to support and foster collaboration in research and beyond. For registration please go to: https://www.uhf-mr.de/2016/default.asp?id=6

Professional Child Care

On a special note; many of us know first-hand how challenging it can be to balance the needs of our families with the mission to advance science. To this end we are very pleased to offer professional child care for the course of the symposium and the social event. Please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can provide further help. More details are provide under: https://www.uhf-mr.de/2016/default.asp?id=6.
We warmly invite you to join us for the 7th Annual Scientific Symposium on Ultrahigh Field MR in Berlin. Please save the date. A visit to Berlin is always worth it. Alongside MR science, Berlin has numerous historical landmarks, cultural highlights and sport events to offer. Be Berlin.

Authors:

  • Thoralf Niendorf
    MDC & Charité
    Berlin
  • Jeanette Schulz-Menger
    Charité
    Berlin
  • Bernd Ittermann
    PTB
    Berlin
  • Sonia Waiczies
    MDC
    Berlin
  • Andreas Pohlmann
    MDC
    Berlin

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine (MAGMA) – extended submission deadline

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine (MAGMA)
extended submission deadline

Special Issue on Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance
Ultrahigh Field MR: Cutting Edge Technologies Meet Clinical Practice

The tremendous progress of ultrahigh field magnetic resonance (UHF-MR) is a powerful motivator to transfer the lessons learned from basic research into the clinic. These efforts are fueled by the quest for advancing the capabilities of biomedical and diagnostic MRI, today. With this in mind momentum is gathering for broader clinical studies and applications. Realizing these opportunities, MAGMA – a first class journal and catalyst of novel imaging methodology and its (bio)medical application – is planning a special issue on human UHF-MR to be published in its 2nd volume of 2016. The 2014 impact factor of MAGMA is 2.87 which ranks the MAGMA among the top 30 journals in the field of radiology.
The special issue is designed to balance clinical needs, clinical applications and research promises together with novel technologies and technical solutions of UHF-MR. It is meant to provide an overview of state-of-the-art UHF-MR, to discuss the clinical relevance of UHF MR and to explore new concepts, emerging applications, safety topics and future directions. The special issue is aiming at highlighting the clinical benefits of UHF-MR. For this purpose we wish to encourage studies which benchmark UHF-MR innovations versus today’s clinical standards. The special issue welcomes studies exploring new clinical territory including in vivo application of parallel transmission and other cutting edge technologies. The special issue offers unique space for new concepts and applications which might be, for the moment, merely visions, but continue to motivate new research. Of course, new concepts and applications presented therein must be scientifically sound (no wild speculations please!) but can be of preliminary nature. It is our goal that these topics will bridge disciplinary boundaries and will stimulate the imaging communities to throw further weight behind the solution of unsolved technical problems and unmet clinical needs. A story worth following since the implications feed into a broad spectrum of MR physics, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, neurology, radiology, cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, nephrology, ophthalmology and other related fields of basic research and clinical science.
We feel that it is essential to make these communities aware of this productive ferment, so as to engage the interest of clinical adopters, forward-thinking scientists, engineers, hardware professionals, translational researchers, applied scientists and new entrants into the field. We wish to invite manuscripts (short communications as well as full-length manuscripts) on topics pertinent to the scope of the Special Issue. In order to meet the time line, papers should be submitted not later than December 1, 2015 (and preferably sooner). Papers should be submitted through the normal submission procedures on the web (http://www.editorialmanager.com/mrmp). Authors should indicate in their cover letter that the manuscript is submitted “For inclusion in the Special Issue on UHF-MR”.
MAGMA special issues are widely read and heavily referenced. This is your chance to think outside of the box and to get your latest and best results published in a timely manner. We are looking forward to receiving your manuscripts.

Authors

Patrick J. Cozzone
MAGMA Editor-in-Chief

Markus Barth, Brisbane
Frank Kober, Marseille
Thoralf Niendorf, Berlin
Siegfried Trattnig, Vienna
Guest Editors of the Special Issue

Writing & Publication Series

Writing & Publication Series

In order to promote young researchers, enhance productivity and to support an excellent cooperation culture within the alliance the „ICEMED Writing & Publication Series“ was initiated by Program Management following several requests raised by junior scientists at the first annual meeting. Program Management of the Alliance supports the Series by offering administrative as well as financial support for all PhD candidates and postdoctoral scientists. To support the publication output of the ICEMED network, Dr. Iain Patten has been providing several professional development opportunities beginning in 2013.

1st Workshop – “Residential Writing Retreat” (5 days off site)

2nd Workshop – “Intensive Writing for Publication Program” (5+3 days off site)

3rd Workshop – “Residential Writing Retreat on Narrative Reviews and Opinion Articles” (5 days off site)

Firstly, a “Residential Writing Retreat” was held in Berlin where young researchers could discuss their writing in detail as part of a group facilitated by the experienced writing consultant Dr. Patten. Themes were chosen to reflect the yearly progression of the ICEMED network and provide an ongoing opportunity for participants to develop their skills in writing manuscripts and the publication process. Due to its huge success the Series continued with the “Intensive Writing for Publication Program” in the same year, which provided a rare opportunity for young researchers to prepare their own research articles for publication with the dedicated support of a professional writing consultant. Together, these options were designed to help ICEMED researchers to develop their skills and making an active contribution to the ongoing success of the network. To date all participating scientists of the Series provided overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Last year, a third workshop with the experienced scientific writing coach Dr. Iain Patten took place upon request of the participants of the two previous workshops with the following topic: 3rd Workshop – “Residential Writing Retreat on Narrative Reviews and Opinion Articles”. Although review articles are a valuable opportunity for early career researchers to make a contribution to their field and demonstrate their critical thinking, many find the task challenging. To make an impact, review articles must do more than simply provide an overview of the information available in the literature. They must provide critical insights and advance the thinking in the field. The challenge of this type of writing is therefore to develop and structure meaningful arguments that will engage readers and stimulate their own thinking about the field. In this writing retreat as part of the ICEMED alliance, 8 young ICEMED scientists explored creative ways of approaching this writing challenge and developed their capacity to write convincingly and engagingly.

All costs of the Series were covered through the Backbone Fund of the Alliance in order to support all junior scientists.


3RD HELMHOLTZ-NATURE MEDICINE DIABETES CONFERENCE

Sept. 19-21, 2015: 3RD HELMHOLTZ-NATURE MEDICINE DIABETES CONFERENCE

Our third, high impact conference brings together international top leaders in the field of diabetes to facilitate the identification of, and potential solutions to, the preeminent scientific challenges facing the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. The conference will feature a focus on the brain in control of metabolism, and two award presentations: the Helmholtz Diabetes Lecture, in recognition of the lifetime achievements of a senior leader in the field, and the Novo Nordisk – Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes (HeIDi) Award, in recognition of a rising star.

Image above: Dr. Chun-Xia Yi, Institute for Diabetes and
 Obesity HMGU, “Neurons”

Date
September 19-21, 2015

Location
Lenbach Palais
Ottostraße 6
80333 Munich
Germany

Program
hmgu2015_program
(PDF)

http://www.nature.com/natureconferences/hmgu2015/index.html

Focus Group DIO mouse models

Focus Group DIO mouse models

Several meetings of the Focus Group “DIO mouse models” took place during 2013 and 2014 with the most recent one during the Nature Medicine Conference in Munich, on September 20th, 2015. The Focus group members discussed the protocoll and endpoints of the planned mice study on DIO models as well as organisational aspects such as study sites and partner platform for data exchange at the ICEMED website.

6TH SYMPOSIUM ON ULTRAHIGH FIELD MR

6th Symposium on ultrahigh field MR

We are very much delighted to announce the 6th Scientific Symposium on Clinical Needs, Research Promises and Technical Solutions in Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance, which will be held on Friday, June 26th 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Please save the date.

Goals and Objectives
The symposium is designed to provide an overview of state-of-the-art (pre)clinical ultrahigh field (UHF) MR, to discuss the clinical relevance of UHF MR, to explore future directions of UHF MR, to foster explorations into ultrahigh field MR and to initiate local, regional, national and international collaboration and last but not least to provide plenty of time to engage into fruitful exchange with your peers and colleagues.

The symposium is tailored to attract basic scientists, engineers, hardware professionals, translational researchers, clinical scientists, applied scientists 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.

Scientific Program
The scientific program comprises 4 sessions, all balancing technical developments and clinical applications. We are very much honored to present extraordinary (inter)national speakers including MR technology leaders and distinguished clinical experts, all bridging disciplinary boundaries and stimulating the imaging community to throw further weight behind the solution of unsolved problems and unmet clinical needs.

Poster Session
The scientific program will be paralleled by a poster session. We wish to encourage those of you who are prepared to walk the extra mileage. The best posters will be rewarded with a poster award. We are eagerly looking forward to your poster contributions.

Technical Exhibition and Social Event
The symposium will be supplemented by a technical exhibition, by an open day of the Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility (B.U.F.F.) as well as a social event.

Pre-Symposium Workshop on RF Coil Design
The 2015 symposium will be preceded by a workshop on RF coils: design, build and characterize your own. This workshop runs from June 23rd-25th and is part of the Lectures of MRI series of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB). The RF coil workshop provides an overview of designing, constructing and testing RF coils for both animal and human scanners. Practical sessions will cover approximately ~50% of the course, in which participants will learn to build and characterize surface coils and volume resonators of their particular interests. The hands-on course is designed for basic scientists and engineers but also invites clinicians, radiographers, applications specialists and other MR users interested in gaining a better insight into RF coil technology.

Professional Child Care
On a special note; many of us know first-hand how challenging it can be to balance the needs of our families with the mission to advance science. To this end we are very pleased to offer professional child care for the course of the symposium and the social event. Please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can provide further details.

We warmly invite you to join us for the 6th Annual Scientific Symposium on Ultrahigh Field MR in Berlin. Please save the date. A visit to Berlin is always worth it. Alongside MR science, Berlin has numerous historical landmarks, cultural highlights and sport events to offer. Be Berlin.

Senior Annual ICEMED Meeting 2014, Berlin, September, 17-18, 2014

Senior Annual ICEMED Meeting 2014, Berlin, September, 17-18, 2014

At the Senior Annual ICEMED Meeting 2014 in Berlin, September 2014, all work package leaders, senior scientists, and scientific coordinators of the Alliance came together. The objective was to discuss progress and future projects of the consortium in preparation of the mid-term review by an independent and international panel in 2015. During this meeting the implementation of the challenges and recommendations given by the scientific advisory board of the alliance at the 1st Annual Meeting in July 2013 were discussed. All 25 work packages were presented by the respective scientists in charge with a special focus on collaboration within the work packages regarding research facilities/ methods and imaging techniques in metabolic disease.

ICEMED Imaging Workshops

The 1st and 2nd ICEMED Imaging Workshops took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich in January and December 2014, respectively, for imaging work package leaders and clinicians in order to identify and discuss future collaboration projects. An ICEMED Imaging Focus Group will be established in 2015.