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Page update: The application deadline for the PhD position mentioned below has been passed, but related projects may still be available. PhD position: A 3-year PhD position is available at the Biomedical Engineering section of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU BME) and the Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR). The research topic is within advanced MR imaging (MR electrical impedance tomography, MREIT) in combination with realistic volume conduction modeling of the human head. The project is supervised by Associate Professor Axel Thielscher and is financed by a grant awarded by the Lundbeck foundation. As a part of your work will be carried out at the High-Field Magnetic Resonance Center of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tübingen, Germany), you will have the opportunity to gain international research experience during your PhD. Further information about this vacancy can be found on the homepage of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).…
A study of brain function by DRCMR research leader Hartwig R. Siebner and international co-workers was published in the prestigious journal PNAS, September 2013. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation and functional MRI (TMS & fMRI), the study demonstrated how the right side of the brain actively supports the language function in the left side following virtual brain lesioning similar to left-side stroke. This may well be important for understanding stroke recovery. The significance of the study is summarized in the paper: "The role of the right hemisphere in aphasia recovery is unclear. We demonstrate that a virtual lesion of left inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) decreased activity in the targeted area and increased activity in the contralateral homologous area during pseudoword repetition. This was associated with a stronger facilitatory drive from the right IFG to the left IFG. Importantly, responses became faster with increased influence of the right IFG on the left…
The acquisition part of the course described below has ended, but a repeat is scheduled. Sign up for DRCMR news on the main page to receive notifications of this and other activities. 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 2013 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 January/February 2014. 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…
On October 1st, 2013, Henrik Lund succesfully defended his PhD thesis entitled MR study of normal-appearing brain tissue in MS: Cognitive correlations and blood-brain barrier permeability. Congratulations to Henrik ! The assesment comittee was Professor Ernst Wilhelm Radue (University Hospital Basel, Switzerland) Professor Zsolt Illes (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark) Professor Hanne Krarup Christensen (chair) The University supervisor was Professor Hartwig Siebner, DRCMR.
Two major scientific events took place in Copehagen in August 2013, co-organized by the DRCMR.
The deadline for applications for the position below has passed. You may subscribe at the DRCMR web page to be automatically notified of future news, including job announcements. A 1-year Post Doc position is open at DTU Compute  starting as early as 1 November 2013, with possibility for an extension to two years. The project is financed by the Lundbeck Foundation, and is conducted in collaboration with the DRCMR. Please submit your online application no later than 20 October 2013.
  The position below is no longer open. You can subscribe to DTU and DRCMR news including job openings. A 3-year biologically oriented PhD position at the DRCMR is offered in collaboration with Cluster for Molecular Imaging, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen,  and the Biomedical Engineering Group at DTU Elektro, the Technical University of Denmark. The project concerns Hyperpolarized Metabolic Magnetic Resonance (MR) that is an exciting new method for the non-invasive study of in vivo biochemistry in real time. In this project, the aim is to develop a method for non-invasive imaging of pH and redox potential through two new hyperpolarized substrates, 13C-bicarbonate and 13C-ascorbic acid, and study the relevance of these parameters in tumor progression and treatment. The PhD study will focus on the biological aspects of developing the methods, and will run in parallel with another PhD study that focuses on the technical…
On August 30th 2013, Kristian Steen Frederiksen succesfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Corpus Callosum in aging and dementia.  Congratulations to Kristian. Assessment Committee:Professor Murali DoraiswamyProfessor Leif ØstergaardProfessor Marianne Juhler (Chairperson) Supervisors: Gunhild Waldemar (MD, DMSc, Rigshospitalet), Ellen Garde (MD, PhD, DRCMR), Steen Hasselbalch  (MD, DMSc, Rigshospitalet)
June 2013,  Mark Lyksborg succesfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Determination of magnetic resonance imaging biomarkers for multiple sclerosis treatment effects". Congratulations to Mark. Examiners: Associate Professor Carl-Fredrik Westin, Harvard UniversityProfessor Derek Jones, Cardiff UniversityAssociate Professor Rasmus Paulsen, DTU Compute (chair) Supervisors: Professor Rasmus Larsen, DTU ComputeProfessor Hartwig Siebner, Hvidovre HospitalSenior Scientist Tim Dyrby, Hvidovre Hospital  
Please note that the deadline has passed for the announcement below. We are in need of a good candidate for a PhD study in RF engineering, specifically MRI coil design for 7T human MRI. Early in the study, the applicant will have the opportunity to spend 6-12 months in Leiden/Holland under co-supervision by Professor Andrew Webb, who is very experienced in this field. Apart from that, the study will be conducted under main supervision by Dr. Vitaliy Zhurbenko, DTU, in continued collaboration with Holland and with the Swedish and Danish national 7T projects. Further information about this vacancy can be found on the homepage of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).  
Remarkable research involving collaborators and an employee of the DRCMR has been published in the very prestigious journal Science. Sid Kouider(1,2), Carsten Stahlhut(2) and Sofie Gelskov(1,3) has in collaboration with French scientists studied the development of consciousness in babies. This is obviously a challenging feat. From studies of blindsight patients, for example, it is known that complex responses to stimuli can happen without the patients being aware of these. Infants exhibit complex behaviour, but at which age do they become consciously aware? This question may not be answerable, but the recent study represents a large step in that direction. Sid Kouider and co-workers used electrodes attached to the skin to record brain activity of 5 to 15 month old infants subject to brief presentation of photos with faces at various levels of (in)visibility. The children were found to have brain activity similar to that of adults although with a significant…
MD Joyce P. M. van der Vegt has together with colleagues and collaborators at the DRCMR, in Holland, and in Germany reported remarkable brain responses in patients with Parkinson's disease during a gambling task. In this study of newly diagnosed and untreated patients, attenuated brain activation compared to normal volunteers, was measured with functional MRI during reward processing. This effect likely influences the behavior of patients, and their well-known tendency to develop gambling addictions. The scientific paper is published in the high-impact journal Brain, February 2013. It was conducted in the context of the ContAct research project. A popular account of the study is available in Danish. Full reference and link to the published article: Attenuated neural response to gamble outcomes in drug-naive patients with Parkinson's disease Joyce P. M. van der Vegt; Oliver J. Hulme; Simone Zittel; Kristoffer H. Madsen; Michael M. Weiss; Carsten Buhmann; Bastiaan R. Bloem; Alexander…
The cover page of the February issue of Journal of Magnetic Resonance features work performed at the preclinical MR scanner at DRCMR.
Ayna Baladi Nejad successfully defended her Ph.D on January 25th, 2013. Details about the work and the assessment are given below.  A neuroimaging minisymposium was held connection with the Ph.D. defense.   Longitudinal MRI study of functional brain connectivity during a working memory task in antipsychotic-naïve, first-episode schizophrenia patients Thesis authored by:   Ayna Baladi Nejad, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Copenhagen University Assessment by: Kerstin von Plessen, Prof, MD, Copenhagen University, Denmark Nick Ramsey, Prof, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands Siegfried Kasper, Prof, MD, Medical University of Vienna, Austria Thesis work has been supervised by: Hartwig R. Siebner, Prof, DMSc, Danish Research Centre of Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital William F.C. Baaré, PhD, Danish Research Centre of Magnetic Resonance; Hvidovre Hospital Birte Y. Glenthøj, Prof, DMSc, Center for Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research & Lundbeck Foundation Center for Clinical Intervention and Neuropsychiatric Schizophrenia Research,…
An attractive position as Assistant or Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering (BME) is open in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Copenhagen, Denmark. The application deadline is January 15th, 2013. Depending on the experience of the appointed person(s), the position may involve elements of MRI to a smaller or larger extent. A strong background in one of mentioned areas is required. MRI development is relatively new and thriving at the department of Electrical Engineering. There is a strong collaboration between the DRCMR and the BME group at DTU, mostly mediated by Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen, Axel Thielscher and Lars G. Hanson who are all senior researchers associated with both institutions to various extent. Students and junior faculty substantiate the collaborations which will be strengthened along with other collaborations in the coming years. DTU and DRCMR collaborations involve many other people, both at the DRCMR and in…
  The Faculty of Health Sciences at Copenhagen University awarded a co-financed PhD stipend to Steffen Angstmann. The grant was awarded for his project "Neural mechanisms of freely chosen actions" and will cover the next three years. We congratulate him on this success.  
Professor Hartwig R. Siebner who is head of research at the DRCMR has been appointed Associate Editor in the Behavioral/Cognitive section of the Journal of Neuroscience. This honorable position in one of the highest ranking journals in the field of Neuroscience, is awarded by the Senior Editors after consulting the Reviewing Editors. Appointments are based on expertise and history of reviews for the journal. Congratulations to Hartwig!
On November 19th 2012, Anne-Marie Dogonowski (MD) successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled Resting-state Functional Connectivity of the Motor System in Multiple Sclerosis (click title to download). The work was performed at the DRCMR, and Anne-Marie was enrolled at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Congratulations to Anne-Marie!Committee: Frederik Barkhof, Professor, MD, PhD, UV Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Holland. Thor Petersen, MD, DMSc, University of Aarhus, Denmark. Messoud Ashina, MD, DMSc, Copenhagen University Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark. Supervisors: Olaf B. Paulson, Hartwig R. Siebner, Kristoffer H. Madsen, Xingchen Wu, Morten Blinkenberg, Copenhagen University Hospitals.
The MRI tutorial at the annual conference of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine in Milan, 2012 was given by Lars G. Hanson from the DRCMR and DTU Elektro. Approaches to teaching MRI were discussed and educational software freely available on the DRCMR homepage was presented. The slides can be seen at SlideBoom and below. Loading the presentation may be slow. Have patience! The included videos are also available on YouTube.   {slideboom}[slideboom id=643581&w=425&h=370&a=center]{/slideboom}