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MRI lecture notes written by Lars G. Hanson were only available in Danish until now. They have now been translated into English by Theis Groth. The notes offer a thorough introduction to basic MRI concepts and imaging techniques. They are meant to supplement lectures aimed at new students of MRI, whether these are trained in physics or not. Important concepts are explained rigorously without the use of math. Supplementary sofware and animations are available at http://www.drcmr.dk/MR The notes are avaiable in two PDF versions for printing on the paper formats A4 or Letter: Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques. 
  The DRCMR annual report 2008 is now available in PDF files optimised for screen an printing. The report provides an overview of the research and clinical activities. 
Professor Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR has together with researcher from Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany, explored how sexual preference is revealed in functional MRI using erotic visual stimuli. The group found fMRI to be at least as sensitive as phallometry, which is used as evidence in trials, but which is criticized. Also, the brain response of homosexuals was found to be similar to that of heterosexuals, confirming that the brains of homosexuals are normal, only tuned to different stimuli. The paper was published in Journal of Sexual Medicine: Assessment of sexual orientation using the hemodynamic brain response to visual sexual stimuli'; doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01233.x An article in Danish summarizing the study was published by Thomas Hoffmann at Videnskab.dk: Hjerneskanninger afslører din sex-fantasi  
A concensus paper written by 31 recognized international experts has just been published with Professor Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR as first author. The paper serves as an important reference for future work in this rapidly evolving research field.  The paper is available at the Brain Stimulation website, and it is entitled Concensus paper: Combining transcranial stimulation with neuroimaging. Authors:  Hartwig R. Siebner, MD, Til O. Bergmann, MD, Sven Bestmann, MD, Marcello Massimini, MD, Heidi Johansen-Berg, MD, Hitoshi Mochizuki, MD, Daryl E. Bohning, MD, Erie D. Boorman, MD, Sergiu Groppa, MD, Carlo Miniussi, MD, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, Reto Huber, MD, Paul C.J. Taylor, MD, Risto J. Ilmoniemi, MD, Luigi De Gennaro, MD, Antonio P. Strafella, MD, Seppo Kähkönen, MD, Stefan Klöppel, MD, Giovanni B. Frisoni, MD, Mark S. George, MD, Mark Hallett, MD, Stephan A. Brandt, MD, Matthew F. Rushworth, MD, Ulf Ziemann, MD, John C. Rothwell, MD, Nick Ward, MD, Leonardo G. Cohen, MD, Jürgen Baudewig, MD, Tomáš Paus, MD, Yoshikazu Ugawa, MD, Paolo M. Rossini, MD
The annual report of the Center for Integrated Molecular Imaging, Cimbi, is available for download at the Cimbi homepage. The focus of Cimbi is nothing less than the neural basis of personality,  and the report contains enlightning articles on this subject of research. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is an important tool in this context and important contributions from DRCMR researchers are consequently found in most Cimbi subprojecs.
An article involving significant contributions from the DRCMR has just appeared in the prestigious journal The Lancet Neurology.The article evaluates the efficacy of a new combination treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. The described international multi-center study was partially based on MR images aquired at the DRCMR at Hvidovre Hospital. The data analysis was developed and conducted in the DRCMR Reader Centre, which is an evaluation center for international drug trials involving MRI. Co-author Lise Vejby Søgaard represents the Reader Centre. The paper can be found on the The Lancet's homepage and it is entitled NORdic trial of oral Methylprednisolone as add-on therapy to Interferon beta-1a for treatment of relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (NORMIMS study): a randomised, placebo-controlled trial. 
Hartwig R. Siebner has been appointed professor at the DRCMR, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre. Congratulations!Inauguration speech"Watching the brain at work: insights into human brain function with magnetic resonance imaging"Monday 15th of June 2009 13.00-14.00Auditorium 3+4, section 154Hvidovre HospitalAfter the talk, the board of the hospital hosts a reception in "Det Grønne Rum", Vandrehallen 1st floor (14.00-16.00)
On March 31st 2009, MD Annette Sidaros succesfully defended  her Ph.D. thesis entitledMRI in severe traumatic brain injury: Micro- and macrostructural changes The work was performed at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance and at the Department of Neurohabilitation, both at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre. Follow the link above to download thesis. The comitee:Professor John Whyte, Philadelphia, USAProfessor Jens Christian H. Sørensen, ÅrhusProfessor Carsten Thomsen, København.Supervisors: DMSc Olaf B. Paulson, DMSc Aase W. Engberg, DMSc Egill Rostrup. PhD Terry L. Jernigan, DMSc Palle Petersen.Abstract in English:  The principal aim of the present PhD project was to study quantitatively the long-term microand macrostructural brain changes in survivors from severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). A total of 31 patients admitted for early rehabilitation following severe TBI were included and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), at mean 8 weeks post-injury. Follow-up MRI at mean 12 months post-injury…
Workshop on Diffusion weighted MRI Time: Monday March 16, 14:30 – 17:00Location: Auditorium 3+4 placed at the ground floor near the main entrance at Hvidovre HospitalHomepage: www.drcmr.dkAttendance is free of chargeRegistration, please send a mail with name to timd (at) drcmr.dkWe hereby invite everybody who has an interest - or is just curious - to join this workshop at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR). The workshop will cover cutting-edge methods within the field of diffusion weighted MRI.Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) is a technique that measures the restricted diffusion of water molecules within brain tissue. Although measurements are obtained at the macroscopic level (cubic millimetre range), DWI provides information about the microstructure of the tissue and enables the visualization of fibre tracts. The program covers a wide range of topics. Martin Vestergaard Hansen (DRCMR) will demonstrate how diffusion MRI can be used to study brain maturation in children.…
Note: The course plan here was updated March 8, 2009. Course title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques and Analysis The course will cover introductory MRI acquisition and image processing methods. Analysis of functional imaging data will be covered in detail. The first half of the course is mainly lectures on MR-basics. It also includes data-acquisition for the remaining part of the course that is focused on hands-on data analysis. 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. The course is given Wednesdays 14:00-16:00 in the conference room of the MR-department at Hvidovre Hospital (dept. 340). No pre-registration is necessary. DRCMR employees, students, new-comers and co-workers are given priority if we (against expectations) have to limit the number of participants due…
En udvidet og revideret version af bredt anvendte MR-undervisningsnoter er nu udgivet. Intentionen er at gøre Magnetisk Resonans skanning forståeligt for en bred læserskare uden at sætte præcisionen over styr. Stil og fokus er bevaret  i forhold til 2004-udgaven af  "Introduktion til teknikken bag MR-skanning", men nye emner er tilføjet, og det eksisterende væsentligt omarbejdet. Noterne kan downloades på http://www.drcmr.dk/Intro.pdf Teksten er omfattet af copyright. Den må ikke-kommercielt videredistribueres uforandret og med kildeangivelse. Kontakt venligst forfatteren angående andre anvendelser.  
Today Mark Schram Christensen received The Lundbeck Foundation's talent price 2008. Read more on the Foundation's homepage. 
On November 12th 2008,  M.Sc. Eng. Kristoffer Hougaard Madsen succesfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled" Processing Strategies for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging"The work was performed at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance and at DTU Informatics at the Danish Technical University.The thesis is available at http://www.brain-fmri.com/PhD/phdthesis_full.pdf The comitee consisted ofProfessor Tülay Adali (Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UMBC, University of Maryland, USA) Chief physician PhD Troels W. Kjær (Clinical Neurophysiology, Rigshospitalet)Dr. Jan Larsen, DTU Informatics from the DanishTechnical University in Lyngby (chairman).The main supervisor was Professor Lars Kai Hansen.
Five projects are announced for students at the Medicine and Technology education at the Danish Technical University. The projects are open to other interested students too.A presentation was prepared to give an overview. More detailed project descriptions can be found along with other interesting projects at the  Medicine and Technology project homepage. 
An advanced course in clinical MRI is offered January 26th-29th 2009 at Hvidovre Hospital close to the Center of Copenhagen. The course is organized by Chief MD, DMSc Per Åkeson and MSc PhD Karam Sidaros in collaboration with the Danish Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (DSMMR) . The course is given in Scandinavian (mostly Danish) as reflected in the announcement below available in PDF . Detailed program Dansk Selskab for Medicinsk Magnetisk Resonans, DSMMR ,  har fornøjelsen af at annoncere følgende kursus DSMMR Klinisk MR kursus (avanceret) Hvidovre Hospital 26–29. januar 2009  Målgruppe: Læger, radiografer og fysikere Sted: Hvidovre Hospital , Uddannelsesbygningen, Auditorium 1Detaljeret program Kurset har følgende indhold: MR-fysik og -teknik Hjerteskanning MR mamma Mandligt bækken Avanceret abdomen og kvindeligt bækken Øre, næse, hals Diffusion, perfusion MRS hjerne (spektroskopi) fMRI (funktionel MRI) Føtal MR Neonatal og pediatrisk MR cerebrum EpilepsiBruskSafety update Ud over den foredragsbaserede MR undervisning indeholder…
On October 22nd 2008,  M.Sc. Eng. Tim Dyrby succesfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled"Modelling Brain Tissue Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging" The work was performed at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance and at DTU Informatics at the Danish Technical University. The comitee consisted ofDr. Jean-Baptiste Poline from the Neurospin Imaging Centre in Paris. Dr. Hans Stødkilde-Jørgensen from the MR Research Centre, Skejby Hospital in Århus.Dr. Ole Winther, DTU Informatics from the DanishTechnical University in Lyngby (chairman).The main supervisor was Proressor Lars Kai Hansen .
A new article entitled "Is Quantum Mechanics necessary for understanding Magnetic Resonance?" is published in Concepts in Magnetic Resonance part A. It concludes that many popular presentations of the magnetic resonance phenomenon are rooted in misinterpretations of Quantum Mechanics. In particular, there is little basis for the typical non-intuitive claim that spins align parallel or anti-parallel to an applied magnetic field.
Det er muligt at aftjene sin værnepligt på MR-afdelingen, som er opført på Militærnægteradministrationens (MAs) liste over udstationeringssteder. Derved har du mulighed for at få spændende og nyttige erfaringer ud af din værnepligtstid.
   DRCMR annual report 2007 is now available in PDF files optimised for screen an printing. The report provides an overview of the research and clinical activities. 
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