4th Annual Trondheim MRI Seminar and ISMRM Nordic Chapter Meeting

Joint meeting:

4th Annual Trondheim MRI Seminar and ISMRM Nordic Chapter Meeting


NTNU hereby welcomes clinicians, scientists, researchers and others with interest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging to join the 4th Annual Trondheim MRI Seminar co-organised with the annual meeting of the ISMRM Nordic Chapter. The seminar will be held at the integrated university hospital campus. This is a site with a well-equipped MR infrastructure which includes plans for a clinical 7T MRI scanner to be installed in late 2019, and a long tradition for pre-clinical, translational and clinical MRI research and innovation.

The aim of the seminar is to mark and celebrate the event of Clinical 7T arriving Trondheim by providing a state-of-the art overview on opportunities and challenges related to clinical 7T MRI (Clinical 7T – From brain to body). In addition, the seminar will also cover current MRI research in the Nordic countries in a broader sense (Nordic MRI Research – in a changing world). We proudly present a team of international speakers from the US, UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Norway to cover this. We also invite all attendees to submit abstracts for posters and/or oral presentations.

This seminar will be an important arena for cross-disciplinary exchange and discussion of current MRI research, and further to increase the collaboration and research networks among the Nordic countries. We especially encourage young researchers to take an active role in this.

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Abstract submission closed

Abstract submission closed

The Nordic ISMRM Chapter Board will evaluate the abstracts, and all accepted abstracts will be announced prior to the registration deadline.

The best abstract will be awarded with a prize announced during the seminar.

24. October: Clinical 7T – From brain to body

24. October: Clinical 7T – From brain to body

Speakers 24 October

The Swedish National 7T facility: status after three years

Photo of Karin Markenroth BlochAfter a PhD in experimental nuclear physics at Chalmers University of Technology, Dr. Markenroth Bloch started working with MR at the Danish center for MR (DRCMR) in 2003, establishing the new 3T system in clinical use. During 2004-2016, she worked with research support as a clinical scientist in the MR-physics group in Lund, employed by Philips Healthcare. 

Dr. Markenroth Bloch was heavily involved in the startup of the National 7T facility, and in the spring of 2016 she took over as site manager for the facility. 

Dr. Markenroth Blochs research focus is velocity measurements with phase contrast MR, previously at 3T and now at 7T. In addition, she is interested in developing technical aspects and clinical applications of high-field MR.

fMRI and grid cells

Photo of Christian DöllerProf Dr Christian Doeller is Acting Director of the The Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits and Professor of Medicine and Neuroscience at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU and St Olavs University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway and Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He was the Speaker of the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (2012-2015) and actively supports the careers of next-generation scientists. 

Christian received his undergraduate training at several German Universities (Würzburg, HU Berlin, and Bonn), including research and clinical visits at two Max-Planck Institutes (Munich and Leipzig) and the Department of Epileptology at University Hospital Bonn. 

After finishing his PhD with Prof Axel Mecklinger in Saarbrücken, he worked for several years as a Research Fellow and a Senior Research Fellow at University College London, UK with Prof Neil Burgess at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience/Institute of Neurology and in close collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (FIL) and Prof John O’Keefe‘s electrophysiology group at the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology.

Sequences for human neuroimaging at 7T and beyond

Photo of Benedikt A. PoserDr. Benedikt Poser (PhD) received his PhD in MR Physics from the University Nijmegen in 2009. He gained early hands-on experience with 7T while working as a postdoc at the Erwin L Hahn Institute in Essen (2006-2010) where his work focused on sequence development for UHF fMRI. Later he received a DFG fellowship grant for an extended research project at the University of Hawaii (2010-2013) get into parallel RF transmission and where he was able to make several contributions in the field of fast imaging, including in particular simultaneous multi-slice and non-Cartesian spiral acquisition for fast functional neuroimaging. 

In 2013 he returned for a faculty appointment at Maastricht University, where he now heads the Section MR Methods in the Cognitive Neuroscience department. Since then his central focus has been on the development of acquisition technology for neuroimaging at 7T and 9.4T, with special emphasis on fMRI pulse sequences based on echo-planar imaging for the detection of BOLD, perfusion (ASL) and blood volume signal changes using highly accelerated 2D and 3D acquisitions, structural imaging and the integration with parallel and transmit approaches to tackle the issues of B1+ inhomogeneity.

7T MRI in neuroradiology,  present practices and future potential

Photo of Thomas P. NaidichDr. Thomas P Naidich, MD, is a Diagnostic Radiology specialist in Huntington, New York. He attended and graduated from New York University School Of Medicine in 1969, having over 49 years of diverse experience, especially in Diagnostic Radiology. He is affiliated with many hospitals including Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Thomas P Naidich also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including North Shore Medical Group Of The Mount Sinai School Of Medicine. 

Positions PROFESSOR | Radiology PROFESSOR | Neurosurgery PROFESSOR | Pediatrics
Specialties Neuroradiology Pediatric Radiology

7T 31P MRS to study metabolism

Photo of Chris RodgersI am the Head of 7T MRI Physics at the University of Cambridge. I lead a group there developing advanced MRI and MRS methods on Cambridge’s new 7T Terra MRI scanner. Our aim is to push the boundaries of MRI techniques, and to translate the latest methods ready for use in clinical studies in collaboration with colleagues in Clinical Neurosciences and elsewhere. My work in Cambridge has a particular focus on applications in the human brain.

I also hold a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. This supports my group at OCMR, University of Oxford, where we develop and translate advanced 7T MRS methods to probe metabolism in the human heart and liver. We are using a new whole-body 7T 31P transmit coil built in collaboration with Prof Klomp (UMC Utrecht) and MR Coils (Netherlands) to study cardiac metabolism in volunteers and in patients with cardiomyopathy.

The University of Oxford awarded me the title “Associate Professor of Biomedical Imaging” in 2016.

Ultra-high field MR in body-oncology

Photo of Tom CheenenDr. Tom WJ Scheenen is Associate Professor in the Biomedical MR research group. He studied Molecular Sciences at Wageningen University (cum laude), where he also got his PhD degree in plant sciences in September 2001. By joining the Biomedical MR Group in Nijmegen, he moved into Medical Sciences, where he has established his own group as a grantee of the European Research Council (2009). His prime interest is in the development of functional in vivo magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy methodology for oncological applications, with current emphasis on prostate cancer. He has received funding from public and industrial bodies, he is assistant editor of Investigative Radiology, initiator of several multi-center trials and board member of the Erwin L. Hahn institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Essen, at which he and his team develop pelvic MR imaging and spectroscopy at 7T.

From sounds to words: Examining the dynamic in effective connectivity during speech perception

Photo of Karsten SpechtKarsten Specht is a cognitive neuroscientist. He received an M.Sc. ("Diplom") in Physics from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He worked for several years at the Research Centre Jülich, Germany, before he received his Ph.D. at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany, in Cognitive Neuroscience, where he also did his habilitation in General and Biological Psychology. He got a professorship at the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway, where he also became the head of the Bergen fMRI group, and he holds a guest professorship at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, Norway. His main research focus is on clinical multimodal neuroimaging, auditory perception of speech and music, connectivity and plasticity of the language network, and rehabilitation from speech and language disorders.

Towards clinical metabolic imaging at 7 Tesla

Photo of Jannie WijnenThe mission of my research is to use metabolic imaging in the diagnosis and treatment planning of metabolic disorders and cancer. I believe that direct measurement of tissue metabolism in the patient will lead to better understanding of the disease in the individual patient and can therefore faster translate to a change in diagnosis and consequently treatment, to better help the patient. I strive to invent and make available advanced metabolic imaging methods to aid diagnosis and treatment of the most vulnerable group of patients; children with metabolic diseases and solid tumours, who may greatly benefit from non-invasive metabolic characterisation of their disease.

I have a background in Biomedical Engineering and obtained my PhD in biomedicine on the topic of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) of human brain tumours at the Radboud University Nijmegen-Medical Centre. After a short post-doc position at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU), I obtained a fellowship which enabled me to work as a postdoc to learn about pre-clinical research in oncology in the In-vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Center (ICMIC) from the department of radiology in the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, (Baltimore, USA) in 2011. I continued my post-doctoral research on advanced metabolic imaging methods at high magnetic field for human applications in the brain and body in the Leiden University Medical Centre and UMCU in 2012, and since 2014 as assistant professor in the high field MR research group in the UCMU. Being part of this group, I have access to a large multidisciplinary team of experts on MRI and unique MRI equipment (7 Tesla MR system, MetaScanner). I guide and supervise master and PhD students in projects that make use of this equipment to study neurological diseases, metabolic diseases and cancer both in adults and children.

25. October: Nordic MRI research - in a changing world

25. October: Nordic MRI research - in a changing world

Main sessions:

  • Personalized medicine
  • Big Data/Deep Learning
  • New contrast mechanisms in MRI

Day 2 speakers

Precise and individualized stimulation medicine – the role of magnetic resonance imaging to guide therapeutic brain stimulation

Photo of Hartwig SiebnerHartwig Siebner is heading the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre and full clincial professor with focus on Precision Medicine at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. He combines functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with interventional protocols such as non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation (NTBS), pharmacological challenges, or training. He uses this combined intervention-mapping approach to infer causal brain dynamics in functional brain networks and to gain insights into brain plasticity as well as the pathophysiology of brain diseases. The long-term goal is to use MRI to render NTBS more precise by personalizing NTBS to the individual brain network and its dysfunction.

Multimodal brain characterization: the key for precision medicine in aging and dementia

My research interest is centered around maintaining and enhancing brain function in relation to brain aging, including motor and cognitive skills. I use neuroimaging techniques such as structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion weighted MRI, and positron emission tomography, to trace plastic changes in the adult brain. Combing these brain mapping methods with extensive behavioral testing of cognitive and motor functions, we provide insights into life-long brain plasticity and neuro-enhancement in the aging population following for example exercise, diet, memory training or motor training.

From unstructured (MRI) data to medically relevant information

Portrait of Simon KohlSimon holds a Masters in Physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and is a second year PhD in Computer Science at the German Cancer Research Center. Simon’s research is currently focused on methods that can account for ambiguities inherent to medical images and their labels. He recently completed an internship at DeepMind where he worked on an approach for the semantic segmentation of medical images.


Radka StoyanovaRadka Stoyanova, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Sylvester Cancer Center, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami. She is also Director of Imaging and Biomarkers Research at the Department. Dr. Stoyanova received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in pattern recognition at the Imperial College, London.

Dr. Stoyanova has extensive background in developing approaches to best utilize imaging techniques in cancer research, diagnosis and treatment, as well as in developing approaches for the analysis, mining, and interpretation of “big data” generated by high-throughput approaches such as genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and radiomics.

New contrast mechanisms in MRI for quantitative imaging of articular cartilage

I received my Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Kuopio, Finland, in 2008, focusing on quantitative MR imaging of articular cartilage. After the Ph.D. I worked shortly at the Kuopio University hospital as an assistant physicist, gaining further knowledge in clinical imaging. During my post-doc period, which started 2009 at the University of Kuopio, later the University of Eastern Finland, I worked on multiple new MRI contrasts and utilizing them in quantitative imaging of cartilage. After the post-doc period, I worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota from 2011 to 2014, continuing with musculoskeletal imaging, but extending efforts further into short echo time (SWIFT) imaging and started research into quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). 

In 2015, after one year at the University of Oulu, I received the Academy of Finland Research Fellowship grant, which allowed me to establish my own research group at the Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland. My current research focus is on developing contrast and imaging methodology primarily for musculoskeletal MRI. Generally, the emphasis of my research is on rotating and laboratory frame relaxation methods, image acquisition methods including ultrashort/SWIFT sequences and susceptibility mapping.

Cerebral perfusion and oxygen consumption during hypoxic exposure in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and freedivers

Photo of Mark B. VestergaardWe have completed several studies on the effect of acute hypoxic exposure on cerebral perfusion, oxygen consumption and lactate concentration. We have developed a setup where the subject is exposed to hypoxic air while lying in the MR-scanner and global cerebral blood flow, global cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen consumption and lactate concentration are acquired using phase contrast MR techniques and MR spectroscopy.

We have used this setup to examine healthy control subjects, freedivers (who can hold their breath for more than 4 minutes), and patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Furthermore, we have obtained measurements of global cerebral blood flow and global cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen consumption during extraordinary long breath-holds (> 5 minutes) performed by experienced freedivers using an MR-sequence combining phase contrast mapping and susceptibility based oximetry.  

Practical information

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Norwegian PhDs and PostDocs: Apply for travel grant

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