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 development of UHF-MR is moving forward at an amazing speed that is breaking through technical barriers almost as fast as they appear. UHF-MR has become an engine for innovation in experimental and clinical research. With almost 40,000 MR examinations already performed at 7.0 Tesla, the reasons for moving UHF-MR into clinical applications are more compelling than ever. Images from these instruments have revealed new aspects of the anatomy, functions and physio-metabolic characteristics of the brain, heart, joints, kidneys, liver, eye, and other organs/tissues, at an unparalleled quality. UHF-MR has a staggering number of potential uses in neuroscience, neurology, radiology, neuroradiology, cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, nephrology, ophthalmology and other related clinical fields. As they are developed, we will push the boundaries of MR physics, biomedical engineering and biomedical sciences in many other ways. 40,000 sounds like a large number, but in fact we have barely cracked open the door and have yet to truly assess what lies on the other side. Those of us who work in UHF-MR can see a clear route forward for resolving technological issues and can outline some of the new opportunities that will accompany even higher field strengths. The future of high field CMR has obviously not ended at 7.0 T and is moving higher. Physicists, engineers, and pioneers from related disciplines have already taken an even further step into the future, in their minds, with something they are calling Extreme Field MR (EF-MR). This envisions human MR at 20 Tesla and it is an important leap of the imagination.
Realizing these opportunities, we are very much delighted to announce the 9th 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 numerous 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. Please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can provide further details.
We warmly invite you to join us for the 9th 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.