ESMRMB - Newsletter Volume 20, December 2015
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 In this issue you will find:
  » Welcome by President
 » Call for Membership Application & Renewal 2016
 » ESMRMB Congress 2015 - Review & Picture Gallery
 » ESMRMB Congress 2016 - Vienna awaits you!
 » ESMRMB educational activities
 » ESMRMB MAGMA - Journal news
 » ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence
 » ESMRMB Event Calendar
 » Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
 » News from EIBIR
 » MR Enterprise Section: Bruker
 » MR Enterprise section: Siemens
 » Joyful festive days!
 Welcome by President
Dear friends,
Another year, another ESMRMB Newsletter! I would like to hereby convey my best wishes for 2016. After a very successful ESMRMB meeting in Edinburgh, organised by Marion Smits from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, we are in the process of preparing a meeting closer to the Office’s home, and further to mine, in Vienna from 29 September to 1 October 2016. For the second (and last) year, I will have the pleasure to preside this meeting, and to go back to Vienna at a more clement time than usual... So, please mark your calendar, as the very talented and hard working team led by my compatriot Roland Kreis from Bern in Switzerland is putting together an amazing scientific programme, as always aiming at presenting the best in MR research in a modern and friendly atmosphere.
But our yearly meeting is by all means not the only feat to rejoice to in 2016, our many educational programmes will continue to provide excellence in MR clinical education (School of MRI), advanced MR physics (Lectures on MR) or dedicated hands-on practice workshops (Hands-on MRI).  Please make sure to register well in advance to ensure your place in your course of interest, as places are, as always, limited.
Finally, let me remind you to look at the high-quality publications in our field in our journal MAGMA, led by Patrick Cozzone, which for the first time reached an impact factor of over 2.8, making it on par with the best publications in the field: A certain way to make sure to be read and recognised for your cutting edge research in MRI!
And as always, for any update on your society’s newest and best offers, continue to like us on Facebook (@ESMRMB) and follow us on Twitter (@ESMRMB).
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a very MR-Happy New Year!
Xavier (@ProfXGolay)
ESMRMB President
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 Call for Membership Application & Renewal 2016
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!

Take advantage from the benefits:
Special member fees at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society
Special member fees at the Educational courses of ESMRMB
Free subscription to the online Society journal ‚MAGMA‘
• Access to the MyUser Area, providing contact information on all Society members & Society documents
• Continuous information about the Society and MR in Europe

For further details on 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 Congress 2015 - Review & Picture Gallery
The ESMRMB Congress was once again a huge success! Participants from 41 countries attended the past Annual Scientific Meeting in Edinburgh/UK and contributed to this inspiring experience.

Visit the picture gallery and download some memories from the past meeting in Edinburgh until December 25!
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 ESMRMB Congress 2016 - Vienna awaits you!
Roland Kreis, Chairperson of the Scientific Programme Committee, and Siegfried Trattnig, Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee, invite you to the 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB in Vienna (AT).

Be part of an exciting congress in Vienna, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan as well as green city with its unique charm, vibrancy and flair.

Abstract submission will start in February 2016. Submission deadline is April 6, 2016.

Young Investigator Award Submission Deadline: April 6, 2016.
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 ESMRMB educational activities
The ESMRMB is proud to present its educational programme being offered to different target groups in 2016:

School of MRI - education for physicians and technicians/radiographers.
The School of MRI continues its programme in 2016 with 10 advanced clinical courses. The preliminary programme is already available on our homepage. Pre-register now and secure your place!

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 2016. The programme and the registration are already available on our homepage.

Hands-On MRI - education for MRI technologists, radiographers and interested physicians.
Courses that combine lectures as well as vendor specific hands-on training on the workstation and scanner will be on the agenda in 2016. The preliminary course programme and the   pre-registration are already available. Further courses will be announced soon - find out more here.

Teach-The-Teacher - joint educational programme of the ESMRMB and the ISMRM
ESMRMB/ISMRM´s Teach-the-Teacher fellowship programme continued with successful fellowships in 2015. Our candidates enjoyed their two month fellowship programmes at high class and much appreciated hosting institutes and tutors, who reinforced the mission of the programme: to spread application and research in the field of MRI, aiming to fostering the MR knowledge/skills and the didactical competence to young radiologists from emerging countries. 4 candidates from India and China have been kindly supported by GE Healthcare, 1 fellow from Turkey and 1 candidate from Brasil (partly-)funded their training to gain this exceptional and fruitful experience in the field of their expertise.

Please just send a short email 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 MAGMA - Journal news
2014 Impact Factor : 2.869 !
(ranked 30 / 125 journals in the category)
Recent MAGMA Special issues
2013 : "MRI and PET together: friends or foes"
with Thomas Beyer and Ewald Moser as Guest-editors
2014 Impact Factor : 9 !
(2 papers have been awarded the "Highly Cited Paper" distinction) 
2014 : “X-nuclei magnetic resonance imaging”
with Simon Konstandin and Lothar Schad as Guest-editors
Forthcoming MAGMA Special issues
2016 (issue 2) 
"Tissue segmentaton in MRI"
with Fritz Schick as Guest-Editor
Nearly complete (most of the papers are already in production, 3 on-line), with a dozen contributions (half original articles / half reviews).
2016 (issue 3)
"Ultrahigh Field MR: Cutting Edge Technologies Meet Clinical Practice"

with Markus Barth, Frank Kober, Thoralf Niendorf, Siegfried Trattnig as Guest-Editors
The leading groups have contributed to this special issue a record number of submissions (over 40 (forty !) papers received).
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 ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence
The ESMRMB received 1 application for the Certificate of MR Excellence in 2015. The applicant fulfilled the criteria and following that, members in good standing may now have the chance to comment on the applicant until January 30, 2016.
Dr. Christian Ziener, Heidelberg/DE
The ESMRMB Members & Services Committee will make the final decision on acceptance / rejection of the applications, which will then be forwarded to the Executive Board for final approval.
In case you are interested in also applying for an ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence, please take note of the upcoming deadline on April 1, 2016.
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 ESMRMB Event Calendar
Make use of our Event Calendar to find courses, workhops and congresses of your interest.  Announce and promote your own meetings free of charge and share it within the community.
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 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Become a fan of ESMRMB on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive regular updates on the society's activities!

We look forward to welcoming you to ESMRMB´s virtual community!
 News from EIBIR
ESMRMB is a co-shareholder of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR), which supports researchers and industry partners in the coordination of biomedical imaging research throughout Europe and beyond.
EIBIR offers expert advice, professional project management and coordination, dissemination and exploitation services for dedicated international collaborative research projects and clinical studies.
In 2015, EIBIR was highly successful under the EU Research and Innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 and is currently involved in four H2020 projects focusing on hybrid PET/MRI in breast cancer, the co-occurrence of stroke and Alzheimer's disease, imaging of neoplastic tumours and novel imaging techniques of thyroid nodules respectively.

Learn more about EIBIR and find out now how you can benefit from EIBIR services.
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 MR Enterprise Section: Bruker
BioSpec 3T: Extending the Range of Multi-Purpose MRI and MRS Systems to 3 Teslas

The new BioSpec 3T features breakthrough cryogen-free magnet technology, overcoming the reliability limitations of previous cryogen-free magnets that quench within minutes after power outages or cooling water failures. The BioSpec 3T will remain at field 25x-100x longer after a disruption. Cryo-cooler maintenance can be done at field by Bruker service engineers.
The BioSpec 3T features an 18 cm magnet bore, and is upgradable to PET/MRI. By adding Bruker’s proprietary MRI CyroProbe™ for mice and rats, MRI sensitivity and spatial resolution can be increased to be comparable to conventional 7T MRI. The new ParaVision 6 software features validated in vivo protocols, and an easy-to-use preclinical user interface that simplifies workflows, and perfectly integrates into multimodality lab environments.
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 MR Enterprise section: Siemens
Simultaneous Multi-Slice: A paradigm shift in MRI acquisition
The new Simultaneous Multi-Slice1 technology from Siemens dramatically speeds up MRI by
acquiring slices simultaneously rather than sequentially – resulting in a reduction in scan time of up to 68%2. We have a dedicated publication on SMS, with articles from its first users around the world. Check these out in the latest MAGNETOM Flash and get technical details on SMS as well as clinical and research experiences with SMS Diffusion and BOLD in neuro, orthopedics, body, cardiology, and pediatric imaging. This issue also presents SMS TSE3 and more advanced diffusion techniques with SMS RESOLVE3.

Download the SMS issue at w

1 510(k) pending for brain MRI
2 MAGNETOM Prisma, Head/Neck 64; for diffusion MRI

3 The sequence is currently under development and not for sale in the U.S. and in other countries. Its future availability cannot be guaranteed.
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 Joyful festive days!
ESMRMB wishes all members, colleagues and friends of the society an enjoyable festive season and a happy and successful year in 2016! We are very much looking forward to be welcoming you again as member or at our educational activities.
If you have any questions, or require further information, please check out our website at and do not hesitate to contact us.
 Please contact the ESMRMB Office in case you have any questions or require further details. All details on the ESMRMB activities can also be found online at!
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