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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


Ethics in Medicine
The disaster of scientific papers —
Publish to perish
Sophia Antipolis, France; late summer 2022
The 11th Meeting in the Series

myriad of "scientific" papers that are in­essen­tial and truly point­less were and still are written and published every year.

Hardly anybody is interested in decreasing quantity and increasing quality of such papers. The problem is not particularly new, has been discussed often, and everybody is against it — in theory. However, the financial incentives are too high for everybody involved.

The publishing houses — and, by and large, the journal editors — count among the main culprits of the decay and decline of scientific publications. Sloppy science is dumped by an ever increasing number of journals and websites, while journalists, politicians, and the general public are, sometimes inadvertently, relying on fraudulent and flawed research to guide major science and health-political decisions, and even veteran researchers have a hard time to ascertain which publications were indisputable. What can be done?

By invitation only.

Final dates to be announced in due time. 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

ome inter­natio­nally 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.

Presentations by young researchers about their development and career choices in academia as well as in industry will complement the lectures.

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
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Conference webpage

Conference Committee
University Medical Center Freiburg; Dept. of Radiology, Medical Physics.
E-mail: Laurence Haller (Conference Secretary).

Conference Organization
University Medical Center Freiburg; Breisacher Str. 153; DE-79110 Freiburg; Germany.
E-mail: Elke Bührer (Event Management).

Meeting Freiburg

Preliminary Program

spaceholder 960   Friday, 1 July 2022

Registration and Opening.

Tom Grist:* Transformation in Radiology.
Jim Pipe: Taking the Path Less Travelled by.
Larry Wald:The Benefit of Biological Inspiration and Guidance for MR Hardware.
Jürgen Hennig: My Favorite Great Ideas which Never Worked out.

Lunch break

Peter A. Rinck: Forty Years of MRI — a Personal Review and Preview.
Gerhard Laub: The Art of Technology Development and Research Collaborations.
Michael Markl: Blood Flow in the Human Circulatory System: Exploring the 4th and 5th Dimensions.
Klaas Prüssmann: MRI beyond SENSE.

Coffee break

Oliver Speck: Ultra High Field MRI from 2T to 7T.
Klaus Scheffler: Balanced or Non-Balanced: All in Steady State?
Nicole Seiberlich: MR-Fingerprinting

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HO Peitgen: Is AI in Medicine a Curse or Blessing?
Miki Lustig: The Never Ending Adventures in Computational MRI.
Mike Garwood: Fun in the Field — From Magnets to Tractors.

Coffee break

Roberta Kravitz*: The Other Side of Science — Running ISMRM.
Greg Hurst: Nine Stories — MRI Myths and Miscues in Science, Medicine, and/or Commerce.
Rebecca Ramb: Career Choices — From Science to Industry.
Daisy Chien: A Magnetic Journey.

Lunch break

Chris Boesch: From Structural Biology to MRI/MRS and back.
Thomas Ernst: MRI/MRS in Clinical Studies.
Linda Chang: MRI in Neurology.

Coffee break

David Feinberg: Mesoscale fMRI — Ancient, Current, Science Fictional.
Peter Börnert: Visions in MR.

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Preliminary Program as of 22 November 2021.

Sponsored by EMRF and TRTF:


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Round Table Colloquium


Ethics in Medicine
Real and Artificial Intelligence in Bio-Medicine
Sophia Antipolis, France; winter 2021/2022
The 10th Meeting in the Series • A Virtual Round Table

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

By invitation only.

Final dates to be announced in due time. Contact the TRTF office for further information.

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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.

An accompanying column "Magnetic Resonance Imaging • The 50th anniversary" was pub­lished on Rinckside and Aunt Minnie Europe.

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


Ethics in Medicine
The De­per­sona­li­zation of Medical Imaging
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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