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One of the strongest MR research scanners worldwide is now inaugurated at the Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) located at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Denmark.
One of the first four Novo Nordisk Foundation Interdisciplinary Synergy Grants was in January 2015 awarded to Professor Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR, and external collaborators at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
On the 19th of January 2015 Martin Vestergaard Gøtzsche succesfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Neural and endocrinological correlates of previous glucocorticoid treatment in children and adolescents treated for non-cerebral diseases". Well done!
On January 9th 2015, David Meder defended his PhD entitled "Mapping neural correlates of value-based sequential decision-making with fMRI". It wen't very well, and congratulations are most appropriate.
Postdoc and MaP group member Henrik Lundell has been honoured with a Sapere Aude reasearch talent award from the Danish Research Council for Independent Research. With this award follows 500.000 DKK, which will be used to expand his current project on ultra high field MRI of brain microstructure in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Congratulations!
Parking is currently challenging at Hvidovre Hospital (February 2015) due to construction at parking lot P2. There is parking elsewhere, and almost always at parking lot P4, which is five minutes walk from the DRCMR.
On October 28th 2014, Nina Linde Reislev succesfully defended her PhD entitled The Wiring of the Blind Brain. Congratulations!
Course title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Basics Content and format: The aim of the course is to provide a basis for understanding MRI measurements, pitfalls and literature. The course covers introductory MRI acquisition in a series of ~7 weekly interactive lectures starting October 28th, 2014. These cover MR basics, acquisition methods and parameters with a focus on understanding. Active participation is required. The course starts at a level requiring little or no MR experience, and 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 and co-workers are given priority if the number of participants is limited due to space limitations. The course covers the basics needed to later follow the independent and more technical spring course Medical Magnetic Resonance Imaging offered as part of the Medicine&Technology program at the Technical…
The following announcement of open position was revised September 24, 2014. The latest version is here: The Center for Healthy Aging will appoint two full-time research assistants to contribute to a project on life course, aging and brain imaging. In collaboration between the Unit of Medical Psychology at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen and the Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) based at Hvidovre Hospital the project will focus on associations between life course exposures and adversities, personality, cognition, and brain structure and function in late midlife.Both positions are open from 1 November 2014 or later. The period of employment is limited to 1 year. Research environmentThe Center for Healthy Aging primarily focuses on multi-disciplinary aging research and offers opportunities for interaction with leading aging researchers in a broad range of fields from molecular biology to the humanities. The Unit of Medical Psychology is the psychology…
Christian Thode Larsen, DRCMR and DTU, won best paper award for a paper entitled "N3 Bias Field Correction Explained as a Bayesian Modeling Method" at the workshop "Bayesian and Graphical Models for Biomedical Imaging (BAMBI)" held in connection with the MICCAI conference in Boston, 2014. Congratulations to Christian and co-authors Eugenio Iglesias and Koen van Leemput!
The Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance was in August 2014 awarded the Global Excellence in Health Award by the Capital Region of Denmark. This award is given to recognize and promote research, education, innovation and healthcare provisioning living up the highest international standards. The nomination committee put special emphasis on outstanding contributions to research and disease management regarding neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and parkinsonism. Insight into the treatment of these are obtained using combinations of Magnetic Resonance (MR) and other techniques. Further information in English and  Danish, and a video presenting the department and the award, is available.
  A PhD position on RF design for hyperpolarization is open at Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. The deadline is August 31st, 2014.
In June 2014, Helle Ruff Laursen succesfully defended her thesis on empathic accuracy and emotional face processing and associations with variation in the oxytocin receptor and serotonin transporter genes and long-term ecstasy use. Congratulations! Assessment Committee: - Dr. Troels Wesenberg Kjær (chairperson) - Prof. Andreas Roepstorff - Prof. Birgit Derntl Supervisor: Hartwig R. Siebner Department: Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Copenhagen. During the study, Helle has been attached to the DRCMR.  
 In June 2014, Damian Herz (MD) very convincingly defended his PhD thesis entitled Neural Mechanisms Underlying Motor Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease. It includes challenging and revealing functional MRI studies performed during initiation of levodopa treatment. Congratulations! Academic supervisor: Professor Hartwig Roman SiebnerClinical supervisor: MD Annemette Løkkegaard, Bispebjerg Hospital. Assessment Committee: Dr. Antonio P. Strafella Dr. Mark Hallett Dr. Steen Hasselbalch (Chairperson) Damian was enrolled at the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen. The study was conducted at the DRCMR, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre.
April and May 2014 Sofie V. Gelskov and Kasper Winther Andersen succesfully defended their PhD thesis on different aspects of neuroscience and brain imaging. The dissertations were based on their work at the DRCMR. Sofie's thesis is entitled The neural mechanisms of loss aversion during decision-making, and Kaspers's Brain Network Modelling. They were enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Copenhagen and at DTU Compute at the Technical University of Denmark.  Well done. Congratulations!  
In March 2014  Mette Hauge Lauritzen successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Imaging Cardiac Metabolism using Hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate MRS. Congratulations to Mette! Assessment committee: (Chairperson) Associate professor Jens Dahlgaard Hove Professor Hans Stødkilde-Jørgensen Professor Damian Tyler Supervisor: Professor Olaf B. Paulson Institution: Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen. The studies were conducted at the DRCMR, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Denmark.  
On March 24th, 2014, Ross Cunnington (Queensland Brain Institute, Australia) and Toshiyuki Fujiwara (Keio University, Japan) will present recent work. Ross Cunnington is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Australia. His research focus is on the brain processes involved in the planning and preparation for action and in the perception and imitation of others' actions, using fMRI and EEG. His talk is entitled: "Brain processes underlying the planning and perception of actions” Toshiyuki Fujiwara is a MD, PHD from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Keio University in Japan. He is a skilled researcher in the fields of neurostimulation, electrophysiology and brain stimulation. His talk is entitled: “New therapeutic approach for paretic upper extremity of patients with stroke; HANDS therapy and Brain Machine Interface (BMI)” The symposium will take place in the DRCMR conference room.
The magnet for the upcoming national 7T scanner has successfully arrived at the DRCMR, Hvidovre Hospital. It was a spectacular view as two large cranes delivered the new 42 ton magnet. A series of photos from the installation March 1st, 2014 are below. The scanner is scheduled to be operational late 2014. The pictures are taken by Karam Sidaros, DRCMR. Use by permission.
Our very dear friend and colleague Lise Vejby Søgaard passed away unexpectedly due to sudden and acute illness during her winter holidays in Norway, February 2014. It came as a complete shock to everyone. Lise was exceptionally thoughtful, helpful and always prioritized higher goals over own benefit. Subtle humor, excellent collaboration skills, and a clear mind made her both popular and busy. She was very considerate, and many enjoyed her warmth and kind friendship. At a professional level, Lise was the senior scientist heading the preclinical group. She made important contributions to countless projects over the years, e.g. working with hyperpolarisation and diffusion MR imaging. Lise was an important part of many people's life, and she will live in our memories. Our warmest thoughts go to her family who suffers the greatest loss of all.