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Leaders in MRI come to Cardiff

08 September 2009

First Minister Rhodri Morgan welcomes world-leaders in MRI research to WalesFirst Minister Rhodri Morgan welcomes world-leaders in MRI research to Wales

Some of the world’s leading authorities in magnetic resonance in medicine and biology have gathered at the University to take part in a two-day conference to exchange ideas and present latest work in the field.

Held for the first time in Wales, the 15th annual British Chapter of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine conference was opened by the First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan AM. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Blood introduced the Minister who went on to address more than 125 delegates from around the world about Wales’ standing on the international stage in neuroscience and mental health research.

Bringing together physicists, engineers, biochemists, clinicians and technologists, the two-day conference is the biggest of its kind for researchers in this field and was hosted by the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) in the School of Psychology.

Among the prestigious line up of speakers were the Chairman of the British Chapter, Professor Martin Leach, Professor John Gore from Vanderbilt University who gave the opening Bill Moore Lecture, Dr Yaniv Assaf from Tel Aviv, Israel and Dr Peter Bandettini from the NIH, Marlyand, USA who lectured on diffusion and functional MRI respectively, and Dr Raymond Damadian, one of the pioneers of the application of magnetic resonance in medicine, delivered the closing lecture. Invited lectures covered topics such as PET/MR agents; Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Diffusion MRI and Cardiovascular MRI.

Professor Peter Blood and Professor Derek Jones greet the First MinisterProfessor Peter Blood and Professor Derek Jones greet the First Minister

The Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre was launched in 2006 and was one of the first facilities in the UK to combine Structural and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI/fMRI) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG). Devoted to pioneering advanced brain scanning techniques (fMRI/MEG) it is capable of mapping the structure and function of the healthy and impaired brain.

Professor Derek Jones, Director of CUBRIC said: "Hosting such an event at Cardiff is an important development for imaging science in Wales, not least as it provides an important forum for specialists of the future - junior scientists, students and Fellows - to present their work.

"The event also builds on the investments already made by the Welsh Assembly Government in brain research and imaging - the latest being the £5M investment in the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and of course, the realisation of Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre."

The "AstraZeneca Prize for In Vivo MRI and MRS" was awarded during the Meeting for outstanding research in preclinical MRI submitted to the British Chapter ISMRM Annual Scientific Meeting to Andrew Fagan from St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

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