ESMRMB - Newsletter Volume 12, December 2011
 Our ESMRMB e-newsletter will provide you with a brief overview of the most important activities and updates of the society. Please just click on the item of interest below and you will be guided directly to the article! Further information on all activities can also be found on our website at!
 In this issue you will find:
  » Welcome by our President
 » Call for Membership Application & Renewal 2012
 » ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence
 » ESMRMB Congress 2011 – Review & Picture Gallery
 » ESMRMB Congress 2012 – Lisbon awaits you!
 » ESMRMB educational activities
 » ESMRMB Journal News
 » Update from the Alliance for MRI
 » Enjoy EIBIR’s privileged services
 » ENCITE workshop January 2012
 » Become a fan of ESMRMB on facebook!
 » Happy New Year!
 Welcome by our President
Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends of the ESMRMB,

As president of our society I am very happy to report that the society is in a healthy state and steadily growing with over 1200 active members. Our 28th Annual Scientific Meeting 2011 in Leipzig has been a successful and memorable event with great science, discussions and interaction thanks to our scientific programme committee chair, Prof. Ch. Segebarth, our local organising committee chair, Prof. Th. Kahn and the industry support, in particular the MR Enterprise members. We are already progressing towards the final preparation of our next Meeting 2012 in and look forward to meeting all of you in this attractive and vibrant city of Lisbon. Prof. Sunaert as head of our scientific programme committee together with Prof. Forjaz Secca, the head of the local organising committee, are extremely active to ensure another high quality meeting. Prof. Trattnig, together with the education and workshop committee, also compiled a very attractive educational programme ranging from MR basics to practical clinical applications.

I am proud and happy to report that the society’s journal MAGMA has continuously improved over the last years now reaching an impact factor of 2.37. The society particularly thanks Prof. Cozzone, the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief. We invite you to consider MAGMA for the publication of your next study results.

Many of you may be aware of the ongoing debate regarding safety regulations for workers’ exposition to electromagnetic fields. The current development is very disturbing and poses a serious threat to our field. Please read more in the article 'Update from the Alliance for MRI" or visit the Alliance for MRI webpage and support their case!

With my kindest regards,
Oliver Speck
ESMRMB President

 Call for Membership Application & Renewal 2012
Renew your membership or become a new member of ESMRMB now!
Login with your existing login data (last name and PersonaliD) to your MyUser Area to renew your membership or enter our online membership application tool MyMembership and start a new application!

For all details on the ESMRMB membership types, benefits and fees, please click here.

If you need your login data for the MyMembership section, please contact the ESMRMB Office at

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 ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence
The ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence shall honour physicians and scientists, being active members of the ESMRMB, who have made a significant contribution to the field of MR.

Make sure to apply for the ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence now to prove your excellence in the field of MR! The application deadline is April 1, 2012!

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 ESMRMB Congress 2011 – Review & Picture Gallery
A record high number of 793 proffered papers were received resulting in 748 presentations on-site. Over 1100 participants from 43 countries attended the past Annual Scientific Meeting and contributed to its success!

Click here and proceed to "awards" in order to have a look at outstanding contributions of the winning poster presenations including the Young Investigator Award winner.

Also visit the picture gallery and download some memories from the past meeting in Leipzig!

 ESMRMB Congress 2012 – Lisbon awaits you!
ESMRMB cordially invites you to its 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of ESMRMB to be held on October 4-6, 2012 in the beautiful city of Lisbon/Portugal. The ESMRMB Meetings are the prime European forum for the interaction between basic scientists and application oriented clinical researchers in the field of biomedical MR.
The Scientific Programme Committee, lead by Prof. Stefan Sunaert, and the Local Organising Committee, lead by Prof. Mario Forjaz Secca, have already been working intensely to prepare an exciting scientific, educational and social programme.

The abstract submission will be open end of January. Abstracts can be submitted until the deadline: May 27, 2012 (24:00, CET).

Please click here to order a copy of the preliminary programme (to be sent to you in February 2012).

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 ESMRMB educational activities
The ESMRMB is proud of its educational activities being offered to different target groups - in 2012 the following programmes are offered:

School of MRI - education for physicians and technicians
13 courses will be offered in 2012 and the preliminary course programme is already available: Find out more here.

Lectures on MR - education for MR physicists and other basic or clinical scientists
Educational courses, exercises, and practical demonstrations on MR Physics, Spectroscopy and Engineering; 8 courses are planned in 2012 - click here to see the perliminary course programme!

Hands-On MRI - education for MRI technologists, radiographers and interested physicians
2 vendor specific hands-on training courses in 2012 with 50% sessions on the scanner and workstations - find out more here.

Registration for the 2012 courses is not yet availabe, but please just send a short mail to to be included to our mailing list and make sure to inform us which course programme you would like to receive all information on!

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 ESMRMB Journal News

MAGMA ranks 45th out of 111 journals in the "Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging" category.

Forthcoming MAGMA special issues
The MAGMA special issue on "MR Thermometry" with Robert Turner as Guest-Editor is complete and available on-line (7 papers). It will be published in print as the first issue of 2012.

The MAGMA special issue on "Arterial Spin Labeling MRI" with David Alsop as Guest Editor is nearly complete. Six papers are already on-line and additional papers are under way. It will be published in print as the second issue of 2012.

-> See papers already available online on the Springer website: enter via the MyUser Area (access only for active members of ESMRMB with online journal access).

NEW MAGMA Special issue!
A special issue on "PET / MRI" is in preparation with Thomas Beyer and Ewald Moser as Guest-Editors. The Call for papers will be available on-line in early January 2012.
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 Update from the Alliance for MRI
Discussions in European Council put future of MRI at stake
In an effort to protect workers from exposure to electromagnetic fields, the European institutions adopted EU Physical Agents Directive 2004/40/EC (EMF) with an original national implementation date in 2008. If the limit values laid down in the Directive were applied to MRI, it would prohibit interventional procedures, forbid nurses from remaining with patients during a scanning procedure, and thus deny Europe’s patients access to this much needed technology.
The European Commission has heard the concerns of the Alliance for MRI representing Europe’s patients and the scientific community, decided a 4-year postponement of the implementation deadline and unveiled in June a proposal to revise the Directive in order to ensure unimpeded future access to MRI for Europe’s patients.
The proposal is currently under discussion in Council (representing member state governments) and the European Parliament.
If adopted, the proposal would exempt MRI from the exposure limits in the Directive, as MRI workers are already protected by specific safety standards for MRI scanners as well workers’ protection guidelines, which cover all MRI workers from doctors to cleaning and maintenance staff. The exemption would not impair the health and safety of MRI workers, but would allow continued patient access to this life-saving technology.
It is vital that decision-makers understand the importance of supporting the proposal put forward by the Commission which is based on sound scientific evidence and must not be compromised in the interest of Europe’s patients.
The Alliance for MRI – launched by ESR as a coalition of patient groups, scientists, the medical community and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) – raised concerns about the problem as long ago as 2007 and has proved instrumental in developing the proposed changes. The Alliance is now looking for support from the upcoming Danish Presidency.
Unfortunately a number of member states are opposing the Commission proposal for various reasons, mainly because they do not wish to have an exemption for one particular sector. It needs to be ensured that they understand that the derogation for MRI is on the basis of sound evidence and must not be compromised in the interest of Europe’s patients.
The coming year will be crucial in the process, as the European Parliament will have its plenary vote on the Commission proposal in mid February and as the Council will further debate the issue in order to arrive at an opinion and it is much hoped that a solution is found that allows patients across Europe to continue to benefit from this vital technology.
ESMRMB members are encouraged to support the Alliance by arranging high-level meetings at the national ministries of social affairs and health to raise the issue as well as to contact MEPs in the relevant committees. Background documents, template letters and guidance is available from the Alliance Secretariat.

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 Enjoy EIBIR’s privileged services
Would you like to get involved in biomedical imaging research on a European level?

While you focus on your scientific work, we will free your precious time and provide the following services:
• Networking activities
• Project Management
• Research Communication
• Research Training
• Meeting Organisation

Keep up with professionals around Europe and engage with others in biomedical imaging research!

Get actively involved in EIBIR’s working groups and subscribe to one of our service packages!


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 ENCITE workshop January 2012
Secure your last minute place at the workshop “imaging cancer: from models to patients”

Some places are still available!

9 – 13 January 2012
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre/NL


This course aims to provide background and hands-on knowledge on state-of- the-art multi-model imaging of cancer disease, including molecular and immune therapy. The focus is on translational research bridging animal models to patients.

The workshop addresses researchers working in the field of in vivo disease models (Multi Photon Microscopy) and researchers working in translational science.

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 Happy New Year!
We are looking forward to an exciting and successful year 2012 and wish you a Happy New Year!

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