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Here you will find all the latest news about DRCMR and the researchers and students working at the centre.

DTU Electrical Engineering invites applications for a PhD position in Magnetic Resonance. The project concerns a novel MR contrast agent for angiography and perfusion: Hyperpolarized Water.
Course title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques and Analysis Content and format: The course covers introductory MRI acquisition and image processing methods. The first half of the course until December 21st 2012 is mainly lectures on MR basics, acquisition methods and parameters. Analysis of functional and structural imaging data will be covered during the second half of the course starting around February 2013. The course starts at a level requiring little or no MR experience. A technical background is not required. The target audience is employees and students at the MR department but the course is open and free for external participants. DRCMR employees, students, new-comers and co-workers are given priority if we (against expectations) have to limit the number of participants due to space limitations. The main aim of the course is to provide a basis for understanding MRI measurements, pitfalls and literature. The acquisition part of the course covers…
This year's DRCMR Ph.D. course (given October, 2012) is on statistical parametic mapping (SPM) used for analysis of all kinds of imaging data, e.g. functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, fMRI). The course contains lectures and pratical exercices. The course material is available to participants and is accesible via http://www.drcmr.dk/phd2012/ (ask course organizers for login). The 2013 Ph.D. course will be given October 7th-12th and will be on multimodal brain imaging. This and other courses given regularly are announced on the DRCMR webpage (subsribe to news mails/feeds via the frontpage).
In september 2012, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) held is hitherto most attended workshop with more than 200 participants from all over the world. The ISMRM workshops are scientific meetings with a specific focus and they often have an educational component. The current workshop focusing on MRI safety aspects was held at the Lund University Hospital in Sweden, which also contributed very significantly to the organization of this successful meeting. A session was devoted to the EU directive on work in electromagnetic fields. Though this directive was meant to protect people working with electromagnetic fields from adverse health effects, it also prevents patients from receiving proper healthcare. Simultaneously, it increases the cost with no significant benefit for staff working with MRI, whom the directive was aimed at protecting. Extensive and adequate safety measures are already enforced via the IEC Standard for MRI equipment (IEC 60601-2-33). The…
Kandidatstuderende ved DTU Fysik Anders Filsøe Pedersen har modtaget et legat fra Oticon på 100.000 kr. til udførelse af sit kandidatspeciale om forbedret MR-skanning. Anders Filsøe Pedersen arbejder i sit kandidatspeciale på at forbedre og udvide anvendelsesmulighederne af MR-skanningsteknologien, som bruges til at diagnosticere forskellige sygdomme. Han anvender blandt andet ultra-svage magnetfelter som kræver superledende magnetfeltssensorer. Sikker og tidlig detektion af kræft, bl.a. prostatakræft og brystkræft, er et langsigtet perpektiv for projektet, samt nye muligheder for diagnosticering af hjernelidelser. Mere om projektet er på DTU Fysik hjemmesiden. Specialearbejdet udføres i samarbejde med University of California Berkeley og Lars G. Hanson, som er tilknyttet DRCMR og Biomedical Engineering gruppen på DTU Elektro. For yderligere oplysninger kontakt: Anders Filsøe Pedersen, kandidatstuderende på DTU Telefon: +1 510 529 6605 eller mobil: 25 87 55 97 Mail: andersfp#gmail.com
Det uafhængige netmedie Videnskab.dk har publiceret en artikel om den spændende udvikling indenfor hyperpolariseret MR-skanning i forbindelse med diagnostik af kræft. Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen, der er professor på DTU Elektro, og leder af DRCMR's hyperpolarisationsgruppe, er ophavsmand til teknikken, der i specielle tilfælde giver en forbedring af MR-signalet på 10 til 100 tusinde gange. Dette har stort potentiale bl.a. til umiddelbar vurdering af behandlingsrespons for tumorer. I dag skal man ofte vente i uger for at vurdere om en given behandling virker - og gør den det ikke, kan løbet i mellemtiden være kørt for patienten. Jan blev for opfindelsen i 2012 belønnet med den prestigefyldte Günther Laukien pris der gives for banebrydende NMR forskning. Med baggrund i udviklingen af teknikken grundlagt af Jan og daværende kolleger, er der i Danmark en intens aktivitet vedr. hyperpolariseret MR-skanning. Det udmøntes snart i en international konference om hyperpolarisation, der vil finde sted…
Dr. Oliver Hulme from the DRCMR was in summer 2012 awarded one of the competitive research grants from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. The project is entitled The Homeostatic Functions of Pleasure and their Dysfunction in Major Depressive Disorder and it will be investigated how the brain generates the experience of sensory pleasure and how this can go wrong. The experience of pleasure is a central part in our lives. Anhedonia, a reduced ability to experience pleasure, is one of the most problematic symptoms of mental illness such as depression, schizophrenia and drug abuse. Many theories claim that pleasure plays an important role in regulating the body's physiological state, and thus helps maintain homeostasis. Excessive volatility can result in death. The feeling of pleasure is one of the mechanisms that keep people motivated to take care of themselves and ensure a balanced state. Despite the importance, little…
A truly grand old man of Danish Neuroscience (except for age), and former head of the DRCMR, professor Olaf B. Paulson, has decided to end his position at the DRCMR from July 2012. Two years ago, he decided to stop as head of the department, but continued contributing in several ways, and offering his invaluable experience. He continues as professor and consultant at the Neurobiological Research Unit and at the Neuroscience Center at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. Olaf B. Paulson is largely responsible for the success of not only the DRCMR, but of Danish Neuroscience as a whole. He is behind many initiatives over the years, including the national ultrahigh field MRI project that is centered around a whole-body MRI 7 tesla MRI scanner to be installed at Hvidovre Hospital early 2013. Olaf will continue in steering groups of the 7T project and is still involved in a number of DRCMR…
The workshop on Motivation and Action funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF) was a great success. Please visit the homepage of the ContAct group in order to obtain the final program and pdf's of single talks.
The renowned scientfic journal NeuroImage is publishing a special 20th anniversary issue in June 2012, entitled  "Neuroimaging: Then, Now and The Future". James Rowe and Hartwig Siebner have the honour of contributing with a review on movement disorders and the brain-mind interaction in general. James is a former DRCMR employee, now heading a research group at Cambridge University, England, whereas Hartwig is professor and head of research at the DRCMR. The review is entitled The motor system and its disorders and has the following highlights: Establishing organisational principles of the motor system. Motor learning, inhibition, mirror neuron systems and action selection. Understanding human movement disorders, stroke and plasticity. Innovations in integrated multimodal imaging and new brain-behaviour models. Currrently, an ambitious research project, ContAct, addressing the mind&body interaction is being conducted at the DRCMR and associated sites. The study became possible after a major Lundbeck grant was awarded to Hartwig Siebner. The…
Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen, who is heading the DRCMR hyperpolarization group, was in April 2012 awarded the Günther Laukien Prize which is the most prestigious prize given for advances in NMR spectroscopy. Jan receives the prize together with Klaes Golman for their seminal work on the hyperpolarization technique, which in certain situations can improve the MR signal by a factor of 10000. The technique is uses at the DRCMR and elsewhere, e.g. for studies of cancer development and treatment response. Further information: Homepage of Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen who is employed by GE Healthcare, and is also heading the hyperpolarization lab in the Biomedical Engineering group at DTU Details about the event and the reasons for awarding Jan The DRCMR hyperpolarization group Introduction of the prize by Nobel laureate Richard Ernst Introduction to the hyperpolarization technique in Danish Congratulations to Klaes and Jan!
  On April 11th 2012, Peter Mondrup Rasmussen succesfully defended his PhD entitled Mathematical modeling and visualization of functional neuroimages. The work received much praise. Congratulations to Peter! The work was performed in collaboration between DTU Informatics (Lyngby, DK), the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (Hvidovre, DK), and the Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (Aarhus, DK). Supervisor: Lars Kai Hansen, Technical University of Denmark Co-supervisors: Kristoffer H. Madsen, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonace,Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre. Torben E. Lund, Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University Hospital Abstract: This dissertation presents research results regarding mathematicalmodeling in the context of the analysis of functional neuroimages.Specifically, the research focuses on pattern-based analysis methodsthat recently have become popular within the neuroimaging community.Such methods attempt to predict or decode experimentally definedcognitive states based on brain scans. The topics covered in thedissertation are divided into two broad parts: The first partinvestigates the relative…
We are happy to introduce and welcome Axel Thielscher, who will start at the DRCMR April 1st, 2012. Axel was trained as electrical engineer at the University of Ulm (south of Germany) where he also acquired a PhD in Human Biology (research topic: Biophysics of transcranial magnetic stimulation) and further a PhD in Electrical Engineering (research topic: Computational modeling of early visual processes). Axel then moved on to Brown University (Providence, RI) to join the lab of Luiz Pessoa (http://emotioncognition.org) in order to deepen his knowledge on fMRI, in particular on advanced analysis methods such as ROC and logistic regression analysis of fMRI data. After that time, he joined the MPI for Biological Cybernetics (Tübingen, Germany), initially as PostDoc, and later as Project Group leader for multimodal TMS. After establishing a TMS lab (including the online combinations of TMS with fMRI and EEG, respectively), he conducted research on visual perception…
This years Cimbi PhD course is entitled The emotional brain: Functional and structural dimensions of emotional processing and emotional disorders. It is organized by Gitte Moos Knudsen, Patrick Fisher (both Rigshospitalet) and Kathrine Skak Madsen from the DRCMR. The course is held by University of Copenhagen and runs between September 17th and 21st, 2012. For more information, see http://phdkursus.sund.ku.dk/frontPlanner/DetailKursus.aspx?id=95959
A concensus paper on how to do Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been published in Journal of Physiology with Professor Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR as the last author. TMS is an import tool in neuroscience and clinical work, used to stimulate the brain and temporarily switch off selected brain areas. It is used to probe the function and interaction of brain regions. Title: A practical guide to diagnostic transcranial magnetic stimulation: Report of an IFCN committee.by Groppa S, Oliviero A, Eisen A, Quartarone A, Cohen LG, Mall V, Kaelin-Lang A, Mima T, Rossi S, Thickbroom GW, Rossini PM, Ziemann U, Valls-Solé J, Siebner HR.
Hartwig R. Siebner who is heading research at the DRCMR is now appointed as editor at two esteemed journals publishing in the field of neuroimaging and neurophysiology. A position as Handling Editor at NeuroImage is now supplemented with a position as Reviewing Editor at the Journal of Physiology from April 2012. Congratulations to Hartwig for these impressive recognitions.
A PhD course on Statistical parametric mapping of functional and structural MRI data of the human brain is offered at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen, October 2012. Registration via the the University of Copenhagen website. The program will follow. You may get a feel of it from the SPM course given in 2010.
Course title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques and Analysis Content and format: The course covers introductory MRI acquisition and image processing methods. The first half of the course is mainly lectures on MR basics, acquisition methods and parameters. Analysis of functional and structural imaging data will be covered in detail during the second half of the course. The course starts at a level requiring little or no MR experience. A technical background is not required. The target audience is employees and students at the MR department but the course is open and free for external participants. DRCMR employees, students, new-comers and co-workers are given priority if we (against expectations) have to limit the number of participants due to space limitations. The main aim of the course is to provide a basis for understanding MRI measurements, pitfalls and literature. The acquisition part of the course covers the basics  needed to follow the…
On October 14th 2011, Astrid Rosenstand Lou succesfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled Plasticity of the visual system throughout life – lessons from changes in monocular vision. Astrid receives the degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Copenhagen. Congratulations to Astrid!
ContAct is a research group funded by a grant of excellence from the Lundbeck-Foundation, given to Prof. Hartwig R. Siebner for the period of 2011-2015. ContAct addresses the ability of the human brain to flexibly integrate relevant contextual dimensions into actions. A better understanding of the neural mechanisms mediating such a flexible control is of central relevance to neuroscience. It is a pleasure to announce the new ContAct homepage designed by Steffen Angstmann. A very nice inauguration sympososium  was held in May 2011.
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