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

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.
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!
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.
In March 2014  Mette Hauge Lauritzen successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Imaging Cardiac Metabolism using Hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate MRS. Congratulations to Mette!
On March 24th, 2014, Ross Cunnington (Queensland Brain Institute, Australia) and Toshiyuki Fujiwara (Keio University, Japan) will present recent work.
  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.
Together with an international organizing comitee, Lars G. Hanson from the DRCMR co-organized the ESMRMB course "MRI simulation for sequence development, protocol optimization, and education"  in December 2013 at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Bonn, Germany (main organizer: Tony Stöcker). The course addressed uses of MRI simulators such as the advanced JEMRIS simulator, and the locally developed Bloch Simulator targeted at MRI education. The 40 participants appear on the picture below. 
Page update: The application deadline for the PhD position mentioned below has been passed, but related projects may still be available.
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 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 !
Two major scientific events took place in Copehagen in August 2013, co-organized by the DRCMR.
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