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

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.
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}
A Lundbeck Foundation fellowship has been awarded to Associate Professor Morten Mørup from Informatics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The grant is for a 5 year project where advanced statistics will be used to analyze functional and structural MRI data (fMRI, DWI) to map and understand brain networks. Morten is a close collaborator of the DRCMR, and we congratulate him on his impressive research and the Lundbeck grant. More information can be found on the DTU homepage.
DTU Electrical Engineering invites applications for a PhD position in Magnetic Resonance. The project concerns a novel MR contrast agent for angiography and perfusion: Hyperpolarized Water.
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 21st 2012 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 February 2013. 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 participants due to space limitations. The main aim of the course is to provide a basis for understanding MRI measurements, pitfalls and literature. The acquisition part of the course covers…
This year's DRCMR Ph.D. course (given October, 2012) is on statistical parametic mapping (SPM) used for analysis of all kinds of imaging data, e.g. functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, fMRI). The course contains lectures and pratical exercices. The course material is available to participants and is accesible via http://www.drcmr.dk/phd2012/ (ask course organizers for login). The 2013 Ph.D. course will be given October 7th-12th and will be on multimodal brain imaging. This and other courses given regularly are announced on the DRCMR webpage (subsribe to news mails/feeds via the frontpage).
In september 2012, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) held is hitherto most attended workshop with more than 200 participants from all over the world. The ISMRM workshops are scientific meetings with a specific focus and they often have an educational component. The current workshop focusing on MRI safety aspects was held at the Lund University Hospital in Sweden, which also contributed very significantly to the organization of this successful meeting. A session was devoted to the EU directive on work in electromagnetic fields. Though this directive was meant to protect people working with electromagnetic fields from adverse health effects, it also prevents patients from receiving proper healthcare. Simultaneously, it increases the cost with no significant benefit for staff working with MRI, whom the directive was aimed at protecting. Extensive and adequate safety measures are already enforced via the IEC Standard for MRI equipment (IEC 60601-2-33). The…
Kandidatstuderende ved DTU Fysik Anders Filsøe Pedersen har modtaget et legat fra Oticon på 100.000 kr. til udførelse af sit kandidatspeciale om forbedret MR-skanning. Anders Filsøe Pedersen arbejder i sit kandidatspeciale på at forbedre og udvide anvendelsesmulighederne af MR-skanningsteknologien, som bruges til at diagnosticere forskellige sygdomme. Han anvender blandt andet ultra-svage magnetfelter som kræver superledende magnetfeltssensorer. Sikker og tidlig detektion af kræft, bl.a. prostatakræft og brystkræft, er et langsigtet perpektiv for projektet, samt nye muligheder for diagnosticering af hjernelidelser. Mere om projektet er på DTU Fysik hjemmesiden. Specialearbejdet udføres i samarbejde med University of California Berkeley og Lars G. Hanson, som er tilknyttet DRCMR og Biomedical Engineering gruppen på DTU Elektro. For yderligere oplysninger kontakt: Anders Filsøe Pedersen, kandidatstuderende på DTU Telefon: +1 510 529 6605 eller mobil: 25 87 55 97 Mail: andersfp#gmail.com
Det uafhængige netmedie Videnskab.dk har publiceret en artikel om den spændende udvikling indenfor hyperpolariseret MR-skanning i forbindelse med diagnostik af kræft. Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen, der er professor på DTU Elektro, og leder af DRCMR's hyperpolarisationsgruppe, er ophavsmand til teknikken, der i specielle tilfælde giver en forbedring af MR-signalet på 10 til 100 tusinde gange. Dette har stort potentiale bl.a. til umiddelbar vurdering af behandlingsrespons for tumorer. I dag skal man ofte vente i uger for at vurdere om en given behandling virker - og gør den det ikke, kan løbet i mellemtiden være kørt for patienten. Jan blev for opfindelsen i 2012 belønnet med den prestigefyldte Günther Laukien pris der gives for banebrydende NMR forskning. Med baggrund i udviklingen af teknikken grundlagt af Jan og daværende kolleger, er der i Danmark en intens aktivitet vedr. hyperpolariseret MR-skanning. Det udmøntes snart i en international konference om hyperpolarisation, der vil finde sted…
Dr. Oliver Hulme from the DRCMR was in summer 2012 awarded one of the competitive research grants from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. The project is entitled The Homeostatic Functions of Pleasure and their Dysfunction in Major Depressive Disorder and it will be investigated how the brain generates the experience of sensory pleasure and how this can go wrong. The experience of pleasure is a central part in our lives. Anhedonia, a reduced ability to experience pleasure, is one of the most problematic symptoms of mental illness such as depression, schizophrenia and drug abuse. Many theories claim that pleasure plays an important role in regulating the body's physiological state, and thus helps maintain homeostasis. Excessive volatility can result in death. The feeling of pleasure is one of the mechanisms that keep people motivated to take care of themselves and ensure a balanced state. Despite the importance, little…
A truly grand old man of Danish Neuroscience (except for age), and former head of the DRCMR, professor Olaf B. Paulson, has decided to end his position at the DRCMR from July 2012. Two years ago, he decided to stop as head of the department, but continued contributing in several ways, and offering his invaluable experience. He continues as professor and consultant at the Neurobiological Research Unit and at the Neuroscience Center at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. Olaf B. Paulson is largely responsible for the success of not only the DRCMR, but of Danish Neuroscience as a whole. He is behind many initiatives over the years, including the national ultrahigh field MRI project that is centered around a whole-body MRI 7 tesla MRI scanner to be installed at Hvidovre Hospital early 2013. Olaf will continue in steering groups of the 7T project and is still involved in a number of DRCMR…
The workshop on Motivation and Action funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF) was a great success. Please visit the homepage of the ContAct group in order to obtain the final program and pdf's of single talks.
The renowned scientfic journal NeuroImage is publishing a special 20th anniversary issue in June 2012, entitled  "Neuroimaging: Then, Now and The Future". James Rowe and Hartwig Siebner have the honour of contributing with a review on movement disorders and the brain-mind interaction in general. James is a former DRCMR employee, now heading a research group at Cambridge University, England, whereas Hartwig is professor and head of research at the DRCMR. The review is entitled The motor system and its disorders and has the following highlights: Establishing organisational principles of the motor system. Motor learning, inhibition, mirror neuron systems and action selection. Understanding human movement disorders, stroke and plasticity. Innovations in integrated multimodal imaging and new brain-behaviour models. Currrently, an ambitious research project, ContAct, addressing the mind&body interaction is being conducted at the DRCMR and associated sites. The study became possible after a major Lundbeck grant was awarded to Hartwig Siebner. The…
Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen, who is heading the DRCMR hyperpolarization group, was in April 2012 awarded the Günther Laukien Prize which is the most prestigious prize given for advances in NMR spectroscopy. Jan receives the prize together with Klaes Golman for their seminal work on the hyperpolarization technique, which in certain situations can improve the MR signal by a factor of 10000. The technique is uses at the DRCMR and elsewhere, e.g. for studies of cancer development and treatment response. Further information: Homepage of Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen who is employed by GE Healthcare, and is also heading the hyperpolarization lab in the Biomedical Engineering group at DTU Details about the event and the reasons for awarding Jan The DRCMR hyperpolarization group Introduction of the prize by Nobel laureate Richard Ernst Introduction to the hyperpolarization technique in Danish Congratulations to Klaes and Jan!
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