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Contrast-Enhanced Biomedical Imaging
The 16th Meeting in the Series

Standing at the Crossroads:
40 Years of MR Contrast Agents

Mons, Belgium • 9-10 May 2019


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OrganizerLogos

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Contrast Social spaceholder 960   This two-day meeting will be de­vot­ed to new de­ve­lop­ments in mag­ne­tic re­so­nan­ce con­trast agents – and a re­view of the past 40 years. It will feature in­vit­ed and prof­fer­ed pa­pers and pos­ters.

spaceholder 960   Since 1988, the European Magnetic Resonance Forum (EMRF) has arranged a series of biennial conferences focused on recent developments in image contrast enhancement by agents or tracers. The purpose of these meetings is to allow those interested in the field to get together to present their research in a setting that fosters discussion, collaboration, and advancement in the field. From the beginning, this group has been comprised of both university scientists and representatives from industry.

The conference is organized on the principle of formal scientific exchange during the academic sessions and informal interaction during the rest of the day. Over the years, this has led to the development of new projects and products, often collaborative ones, between industry and academics or between universities. As always, also in Mons the traditional mood of friendly and open exchange between the industrial and academic communities will be preserved.

EMRF's conferences are ongoing projects. Their continuity and success not only depend on intellectual interest, contribution and support of academics and commercial researchers in the field, as well as on financial support of the research branches of industry, but they also require the attention and input of scientists, physicians, trainees, and other researchers who use, and improve, contrast agents of all kinds.

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Mons Monkey Conference Chairmen

Robert N. Muller and Peter A. Rinck

Scientific Advisory Board

spaceholder 960   Silvio Aime, Turin, Italy;
spaceholder 960   Per Åkeson, Kristianstad, Sweden;
spaceholder 960   Sylvie Begin, Strasbourg, France;
spaceholder 960   Françoise Chuburu, Reims, France;
spaceholder 960   Carlos Geraldes, Coimbra, Portugal;
spaceholder 960   Sophie Laurent, Mons, Belgium;
spaceholder 960   Robert N. Muller, Mons, Belgium;
spaceholder 960   Peter A. Rinck, EMRF;
spaceholder 960   Eva Toth, Orléans, France.

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Keywords

State of the art in contrast-enhancing compounds in MR imaging – molecular imaging, hyperpolarized molecules, magnetic nanoparticles, contrast/field in MR contrast, supramolecular assemblies, new developments in the field of vectors, reporters – new dimension of diagnosis: pancreas, heart, metastases – scientific and medical ethics.

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Submission of Scientific Presentations

Abstracts should be attached to the conference registration.

Posters should be vertical and not bigger than A0. Electronic posters will not be accepted.

Questions concerning the scientific contents of the program should be addressed directly to the Organizing Committee.

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Preliminary Program

Speakers covering the following topics have been approached:

spaceholder 960   Clinical MRI: Quo vadis?
spaceholder 960   Clinical MRI: Which contrast agents are used in contemporary daily practice?
spaceholder 960   Gadolinium-based contrast agents: 30 years of studies.
spaceholder 960   Approaches to characterize stability and inertness of MRI contrast agents.
spaceholder 960   Responsive MRI probes based on lanthanides.
spaceholder 960   Manganese-based contrast agents.
spaceholder 960   Nanomaterials as MR contrast agents.
spaceholder 960   MRI and CEST: from paraCEST to diaCEST.
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spaceholder 960   AGuIX theragnostic nanoparticles: from the concept to first in-man evaluation.

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Access Maps

By car. Mons is situated between Paris and Brussels on the E19 motorway, exit 24.
By train. There are two direct trains linking Brussels to Mons every hour. (Attention: "Mons" is written in Dutch: "Bergen") From Brussels South Airport, there is a shuttle from the airport to the Charleroi train station. By foot, Mons city center is just an easy 15 minutes from the station. Information: www.belgianrail.be.
By plane. Brussels Airport, the country’s main international airport, is only 50 minutes from Mons. It serves 163 short-flight destinations as well as 41 long-haul destinations. More information: www.brusselsairport.be. Brussels South Airport, located in Charleroi is 30 minutes from Mons by car. It serves some 100 international destinations. Ryanair, Jetairfly, Wizzair, Pegasus and Thomas Cook all offer direct flights. More information: www.charleroi-airport.com.
Airport shuttles to Mons.: Brussels airport – Mons: ± 1h ± 90€ (1 à 4 pers.); Charleroi airport – Mons: ± 40 min ± 65€ (1 à 4 pers.)

Additional information can be found on the Registration Website.

Mons map overview

Map of Mons. The Campus of the Sciences and Medicine is just outside the ring road (Bou­le­vard Masson/Boulevard Kennedy, etc.), best reached from the autoroute exiting at Sortie 23/23bis. Please note that north is to the right of this map.


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Campus of the Scien­ces and Me­di­cine of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mons. This map shows an en­large­ment of the map above, the Cam­pus of the Scien­ces and Me­di­cine. The con­fe­ren­ce will take place at the Centre Vésale at Avenue du Champ de Mars. It is walk­ing dist­ance from the hotels in down­town Mons.
Internet access for participants (WiFi): UMONS-EVENT | welcome-to-umons


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Coach Registration Details and Fees


Student fee: €150
Academic fee: €185

Gala Dinner on Thursday: €30

Registration deadline: 1 May 2019

Go to the Registration Form.

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Accomodation in Mons and Access Map

The University of Mons and EMRF have blocked a number of rooms in several hotel in Mons and its vicinity. A list is given on the Registration Webpage. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel of your choice.

The earlier you make your room reservation, the more likely you are (a) to get a good price within the conference quota, and (b) to get a room at all.


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