Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance 2016
Message from the Organizers


Dear colleagues and friends,

the field of Magnetic Resonance (MR) has evolved rapidly over the past quarter of a century, allowing for an ever growing number of applications across a broad spectrum of basic, translational and clinical research. One important development which is in the spotlight of MR research is Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance (UHF-MR). The pace of discovery is heartening and a powerful motivator to transfer the lessons learned at ultrahigh fields from basic research into the clinical scenario. These efforts are fueled by the unmet clinical needs and the quest for advancing the capabilities of diagnostic MR imaging – today.

The novel technology tailored for UHF-MR together with the eye opening quality of the anatomical and functional images created excitement among the imaging community and are the driving force for broader clinical studies. Already, recognition of the benefits and performance of UHF-MR technology results in a migration to 3 Tesla, where many of the issues surfacing at 7.0 T, though somewhat reduced, remain significant. This migration is a game changer and has earned UHF-MR the moniker of being a steam engine for innovation and for translational research. Admittedly, the clinical reports eloquently forwarded by numerous pioneers and early clinical adopters are somewhat anecdotal yet. It is a fractal pattern though. Droplets coming down as abstracts and papers trickle into numerous rivulets that funnel into brooks forming a steady stream that tells a consistent story. A story worth following since its clinical implications feed into a broad spectrum of Neurology, Neuroscience, Neuroradiology, Radiology, Nephrology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Molecular Medicine and other fields of clinical research. With this in mind the collaborative efforts at the Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility (B.U.F.F.) at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine are devoted to foster imaging science.

Realizing these opportunities, we are very much delighted to announce the 7th Annual Scientific Symposium on Clinical Needs, Research Promises and Technical Solutions in ultrahigh field MR. The symposium is designed to provide an overview of state-of-the-art (pre)clinical 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 peers and colleagues. The symposium is tailored to attract basic scientists, engineers, hardware professionals, translational researchers, 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.

The scientific program comprises 4 sessions, all balancing technical developments and clinical applications. We are very much honored to present extraordinary 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. The scientific program will be paralleled by a poster session. We are looking forward to your poster contributions which will be all considered for the symposium’s poster price contest. We wish to encourage those of you who are courageous to walk the extra mileage. Thanks to your valuable feedback we have also included nine slots of 3 min speedy poster power presentations into the program. This will give a large number of poster presenters the opportunity to be in the spotlight of the audience. The symposium will be supplemented by a technical exhibition, by an open day of B.U.F.F. as well as by a social event.

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. The Max Delbrück Center is devoted to offset this challenge and has received the "work and family" award in 2013. To this end we are very pleased to offer professional child care for the course of the symposium thanks to the generous support provided the "Freundeskreis of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine". Please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can provide further details.

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.

Thoralf Niendorf
MDC & Charite
Jeanette Schulz-Menger
Charite & Helios Klinikum
Bernd Ittermann
Sonia Waiczies
Andreas Pohlmann

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Rosita Knispel
phone: +49 30 9406 4505

Michaela Langer
phone: +49 30 9406 3720

email: MRsymposium@mdc-berlin.de
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