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Round Table Meetings and Colloquia

spaceholder 960   Registration for Special Topic Meetings is open to all inter­ested per­sons.

spaceholder 960   Participation in the Round Table Colloquia is by in­vi­ta­tion only although expenses (travel, lodging, and meals) will not be covered by the Foundation. Commonly no pro­ceed­ings are published; however, the acting Chair­man can decide otherwise.

Round Table Colloquium


Real and Artificial Intelligence in Bio-Medicine
Ethics in Medicine
Sophia Antipolis, France; late summer 2022
The 10th Meeting in the Series

he symposium's focus will be on the dif­feren­tia­tion of human intel­lect and computer-based "ersatz"-acumen in bio-medical appli­ca­tions, first and foremost in the eval­u­ation of medi­cal imaging data and in image process­ing.

By invitation only.

Contact the TRTF office for further information.

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Special Topic Meeting

Magnetic Resonance Imaging — Yesterday • Today • Tomorrow
Freiburg, Germany; postponed to 1-2 July 2022

Meeting Freiburg

nternationally leading scientists in the field will present the development of MRI over the last decades and give their very personal view of where we are coming from and where we are heading. Presentations will not only cover key areas of research but also take a look behind science, how science is made and how it is changing.

There will also be presentations by young scientists about their development and career choices in academia as well as in industry.

Organizing Committee

This two-day meeting is being organized and chaired by Jürgen Hennig, Freiburg, Germany.

spaceholder 960   Jürgen Hennig (chair)
spaceholder 960   Martin Büchert
spaceholder 960   Dominik von Elverfeldt
spaceholder 960   Ute Ludwig
spaceholder 960   Maxim Zaitsev

More information and registration at the
University of Freiburg webpage.

Conference Secretary: Laurence Haller

Meeting Freiburg

Preliminary Faculty

spaceholder 960   Peter Börnert
spaceholder 960   Chris Boesch
spaceholder 960   Linda Chang
spaceholder 960   Daisy Chien
spaceholder 960   Thomas M. Ernst
spaceholder 960   David Feinberg
spaceholder 960   Mike Garwood
spaceholder 960   Thomas M. Grist
spaceholder 960   Jürgen Hennig
spaceholder 960   Gregory C. Hurst
spaceholder 960   Roberta Kravitz*
spaceholder 960   Gerhard Laub
spaceholder 960   Miki Lustig
spaceholder 960   Michael Markl
spaceholder 960   Chuck Mistretta
spaceholder 960   Heinz-Otto Peitgen
spaceholder 960   James G. Pipe
spaceholder 960   Klaas Prüssmann
spaceholder 960   Rebecca Ramb
spaceholder 960   Peter A. Rinck
spaceholder 960   Klaus Scheffler
spaceholder 960   Nicole Seiberlich
spaceholder 960   Oliver Speck
spaceholder 960   Larry Wald
spaceholder 960   * = to be confirmed.

Sponsored by EMRF and TRTF:


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Round Table Colloquium


As time goes by:
The 50th Anniversary of MR Imaging
Sophia Antipolis, France; 3-4 September 2021

n medical imaging, the times of plain x-rays ended in September 1971 when the world's first axial x-ray com­puter as­sist­ed tomo­graph (CT or CAT) was in­stall­ed in Eng­land.

In the same month, on 2 September 1971, Paul C. Lauterbur, a professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, recorded in his laboratory notebook the idea of ap­ply­ing mag­ne­tic field gradients in all three di­men­sions to create nuc­lear magne­tic re­so­nan­ce (NMR) images — and had his in­ven­tion cer­ti­fied; yet, he was never able to patent it because the uni­ver­sity op­pos­ed it ("The technique has no future").

All NMR experiments before Lauterbur's invention of 1971 had been one-dimensional and lacked spatial information. Nobody could determine exactly where the NMR signal originated within the sample.


Lauterbur's idea changed this. He called his imaging method zeugmatography, combining the Greek words "zeugma" (ζεγμα = the bridge or the yoke that holds two animals together in front of a carriage) and "graphein" (γράφειν= to write, to depict) to describe the joining of chemical and spatial information. This term was later replaced by (N)MR imaging.

This made it possible to create three- and two-dimensional images and metabolic representations of structures of the human body that could not be visualized with other methods. MR imaging replaced previously used invasive examinations and thereby reduced the suffering for many patients. Lauterbur received the Nobel Prize in 2003 for his discovery to create a two-dimensional picture by introducing gradients in the magnetic field.

spaceholder 960   The symposium will be an exchange of fond — and perhaps some not so pleasant — memories of the first years and the early decades putting into practice a challenging idea. The scientific and research excitement is long gone, so this meeting will be a remembrance of days past.

spaceholder 960   By invitation only.

This two-day meeting is being organized and chaired by Robert N. Muller, Mons, Belgium, and Peter A. Rinck, Sophia-Antipolis, France.

Further reading: "An Excursion into the History of Magnetic Resonance Imaging" — for a free (per­so­nal) off­print of the hi­story of MR imag­ing click here to download.

Contact the TRTF office for additional information.

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Special Topic Meeting

Magnetic Resonance Imaging — Yesterday • Today • Tomorrow
Freiburg, Germany; postponed to 1-2 July 2022

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Special Topic Meeting

Book of Abstracts

Standing at the Crossroads: 40 Years of MR Contrast Agents
Contrast-Enhanced Biomedical Imaging
Mons, Belgium; 9-10 May 2019
The 16th Meeting in the Series

he thirty anniversary conference on MR contrast agents was de­vot­ed to new de­ve­lop­ments in mag­ne­tic re­so­nan­ce con­trast agents – and a re­view of the past 40 years. The two-day meeting turned into an exceptional platform to present and follow-up developments and results in the field since the introduction of such agents.

The conference was organized alternating review lectures of the developments, improvements, challenges, and fail­ures of the last thirty years given by leading experts in the field and presentations of novel theoretical tools, new ideas, and new compounds by young scientists.

The Book of Abstracts of the conference can be down­loaded here.

The Opening Lecture "MR imaging: Quo vadis" was pub­lished on Rinckside and Aunt Minnie Europe.

A Review of the Conference can also be found on Rinck­side and Aunt Minnie Europe.

Book of Abstracts     Group picture 2019

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Round Table Colloquium


The Depersonalization of Medical Imaging
Ethics in Medicine
Sophia Antipolis, France; 11-12 July 2019
The 9th Meeting in the Series

he symposium's focus was on human beings' right to empathic and personal treatment by physicians, also in the ancillary medical disciplines.

By invitation only. A summary of the meeting was published in Rinckside as part of the discussion of the Covid crisis.

Contact the TRTF office for further information.

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