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

Thomas Z. Ramsøy who is affiliated with the Copenhagen Business School and with the DRCMR has written a popular article in Danish on recent results on the role of emotions in economical decision making. The work was conducted by him and his group, and it will be presented at the upcoming Society for NeuroScience conference. Thomas is regularly commenting on neuroscience in his blog on Videnskab.dk.Over the summer, Thomas can also be heard on the Danish National Radio, P1,  in  a series of programs focusing on memory (in Danish).   
Can the performance of a person solving a task be improved by specific brain lesions? In certain cases that is indeed the case, e.g. when the lesion suppress an impulse that would normally make it difficult to solve the task. This was the focus of a study that has just been published in Journal of Neuroscience with contributions from the DRCMR research leader Hartwig R. Siebner. Real brain lesions caused by blood clots, for example, differ a lot, and they are not optimal for studying this aspect of brain function. The neuro scientists at Hvidovre Hospital and elsewhere, however, have an amazing tool called rTMS available for inducing temporary virtual lesions in healthy persons: By applying strong magnetic pulses to a particular part of the brain, the neurons there can be triggered repeatedly and be gradually exhausted, so they no longer respond to normal inputs. The effect only lasts for…
Daniela Balslev won the Young Investigator Award of the Magstim Summer School June 2010 in Oxford for her research combining transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) to understand the interplay between visual attention and eye position. Well done! Daniela recently moved for a position in Tuebingen, Germany, and she has announced a PhD-position in Cognitive Neuroscience.  
The annual course in MRI basic acquisition and analysis starts September 21st 2010 and runs weekly thereafter. Click for details and registration. The acquisition part of the course focuses on MRI basics using locally developed and internationally acclaimed material. The hands-on analysis part of the course is mainly based on the software SPM used widely in neuroscience communities.Please also note that a dedicated SPM course covering advanced topics is given mid september 2010.
We are hapy to learn that the MRI educational material on the DRCMR web pages is gaining popularity internationally:Introductory MR lecture notes aimed at a broad audience has recently been positively referenced in two Italian blogs (blog1, blog2, thanks!)A critical article adressing the basic understanding of Magnetic Resonance is getting considerable positive attention. It has also appeared as the first reference on the German Wikipedia entry on MRI for a year now. The subjects adressed in the article are topics of an invited tutorial at the MMCE Symposium in March 2011. This unsual meeting offers lectures that should be more didactic, even of philosophical nature, rather than being very technical. The aim of these lectures is to offer a kind of distilled wisdom that can potentially be far more attractive and beneficial to the audience than "regular" ones (quote from the Magnetic Moments in Central Europe website).A related classical introduction…
On August 13 2010, the 70th birthday of Professor Olaf B. Paulson will be celebrated at an anniversary symposium held at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. We are proud to present several international as well as Danish speakers at the anniversary symposium. The symposium takes place at auditorium 2 at Rigshospitalet and it starts at 8:30. To see the symposium programme, click here.
A PhD course on Statistical parametric mapping of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data of the human brain is offered at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen, September 2010. The course is organized in collaboration with the Functional Imaging Unit at Glostrup Hospital, and DTU Informatics at the Technical University of Denmark. Registration: http://phdkursus.sund.ku.dk/frontPlanner/DetailKursus.aspx?id=95500 This PhD course will provide a theoretical and practical introduction to the pre-processing and statistical analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data sets of the human brain. Participants will learn to use one of the most widely used neuroimaging analysis software packages (SPM - Statistical Parametric Mapping, http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/) which provides powerful means to analyse functional and structural MRI data. Specific aims: The course participants’ should at the end of the course have learnt - the basic pre-processing steps of MRI data analysis, - to set-up an appropriate first-level (subject level) statistical model that optimally captures the…
In spring 2010, 85 MR scientists and clinicians gathered in Copenhagen for a 1½ day symposium on scientific and clinical applications of MR in humans at magnetic fields of 7 tesla and above.We were proud to feature presentations from outstanding experts in the field of ultra-high field imaging applications: Marta Bianciardi, NIH, USA: Spontaneous signal fluctuations in human fMRI at high magnetic fields. Fernando E. Boada, University of Pittsburg, USA: Monitoring Ion Homeostasis with Sodium MRI (sMRI). Jeff Duyn, NIH, USA: Anatomical MRI based on magnetic susceptibility contrast. Rolf Gruetter, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In vivo metabolism studies at ultra-high field. Mark Ladd, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Advances in Ultra-High Field Body Imaging Sarah J. Nelson, University of California, San Francisco, USA: Clinical applications at ultra-high field. Oliver Speck, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany: Towards fMRI of subcortical structures at high field. Siegfried Trattnig, Medical University of Vienna, Austria: High resolution morphological, compositional…
April 20th 2010,  "Basse" delivered two new scanners for the DRCMR at Hvidovre Hospital.
Mette Hauge Lauritzen received a poster award at the ISMRM.At the Joint Annual Meeting of the ISMRM and ESMRMB in Stockholm last week Mette Lauritzen received a poster award for her poster entitled "Visualizing Regional Changes in Metabolism in a Rat Model of Acute Myocardial Infarction Using Hyperpolarized 13C MR". The work was presented as an e-poster and got a third prize in the category "Spec, Hype and the Like: The 1000 Club".
Does a conflict between inborn preferences and educational standards during childhood impact the structure of the adult brain? In a new study published in Journal of Neuroscience, Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR , and co-workers demonstrated that left-handed people being forced to use their right hand acquire structural brain changes. The results are in accordance with a more general recent finding: The brain changes shape depending on its use. Full reference:J Neurosci. 2010 Mar 3;30(9):3271-5.Nurture versus nature: Long-term impact of forced right-handedness on structure of pericentral cortex and basal ganglia. Klöppel S, Mangin JF, Vongerichten A, Frackowiak RS, Siebner HR. 
An international multi-center study with DRCMR involvement was just published in the renowned journal PNAS. Anne-Marie Dogonowski and Kristoffer H. Madsen are co-authors of this resting state fMRI study on functional connectivity together with other experts in the field of brain connectivity measurements.Full reference:Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Mar 9;107(10):4734-9.Toward discovery science of human brain function.Biswal BB, Mennes M, Zuo XN, Gohel S, Kelly C, Smith SM, Beckmann CF, Adelstein JS, Buckner RL, Colcombe S, Dogonowski AM, Ernst M, Fair D, Hampson M, Hoptman MJ, Hyde JS, Kiviniemi VJ, Kötter R, Li SJ, Lin CP, Lowe MJ, Mackay C, Madden DJ, Madsen KH, Margulies DS, Mayberg HS, McMahon K, Monk CS, Mostofsky SH, Nagel BJ, Pekar JJ, Peltier SJ, Petersen SE, Riedl V, Rombouts SA, Rypma B, Schlaggar BL, Schmidt S, Seidler RD, Siegle GJ, Sorg C, Teng GJ, Veijola J, Villringer A, Walter M, Wang L,…
 A number of PhD-stipends are announced for enrollment at the Copenhagen Graduate School of Health Sciences at The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Several of the projects have DRCMR involvement. 
Kristoffer Hougaard Madsen from the DRCMR recently received "Direktør Gorm-Petersens Mindelegat" given in recognition of his PhD thesis entitled "Modelling Strategies for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging" . Further details are given in Danish on the DTU homepage .
The special Neuroscience issue on imaging genetics A special issue on imaging genetics is published in the journal Neuroscience. Professor Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR is primary author of the editorial , is co-authoring two articles, and is guest-editing this issue that will be featured in the Elsevier booth at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Special Issue:Linking Genes to Brain Function in Health and DiseaseGuest EditorsJoseph Callicott, MDVenkata Mattay, MDHartwig R. Siebner, MDTobias Sommer, MD
Free educational MR software developed at the DRCMR got the  ESMRMB software award at the society meeting  in Turkey, October 2009. The software includes the Bloch Simulator and a new instructive java applet allowing students to explore the simplest Magnetic Resonance setup possible. Both are available via http://www.drcmr.dk/MR together with explanatory texts, animations and links to extensive MRI course notes in English.
Fremover vil Thomas Z. Ramsøy fra DRCMR og CBS blogge om hjerneforskning på Videnskab.dk. Han lægger ud med en advarsel om hjerneforskning , og en artikel om hvordan fosterets hjerneceller kan finde vej til moderens hjerne. Læse mere i  Hjernebloggen.
 Download course program  Overview: This advanced PhD course will provide an up-to-date overview of the currentlyavailable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study the human brain.Emphasis will be placed on new methodological advances in structural and functional MRI.Aims: to acquire an in-depth understanding of the various neuroscientific MRI tools; to beable to efficiently plan and conduct neuroscientific MRI studies; to select the optimal MRIprotocol and data analysis method for individual research projects; and to be able to criticallyinterpret published MRI studies.Content: Morphometric analyses of high-resolution structural MRI images of the brain (voxeland tensor based morphometry, cortical thickness mapping, shape analysis, classification).Diffusion weighted MRI - assessing anatomical connectivity in vivo (micro- and macrostructural neuroanatomy, diffusion tensor imaging, TBSS, tractrography and connectivity, clinicalapplications). Functional MRI - mapping the brain at rest and at work with a focus on dataprocessing (perfusion MRI and BOLD, paradigm design, meta-analysis, second level analysis,causality and connectivity analysis,…
A number of student projects (BSc/MSc) are available in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Some of those are described in a flyer prepared for students at the DTU Medicine&Technology education. Let us know, if you are interested in these projects, or similar.
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