Scientific Programme & Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Speakers



Prof. Sven Danckwardt

Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


Prof. Gabriele Ende

Department of Neuroimaging, Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim

Talk: Translational MR Research in Psychiatry


Prof. Jan-Bernd Hövener

Molecular Imaging North Competence Center, Kiel University

Talk: The hyperpolarization of nuclear spins - a new dawn for MRI?

Magnetic resonance is a powerful technique, but many applications are limited by a low signal-to-noise. An approach to address this problem is to increase the nuclear polarization. Typically, less than 0.01 % of all spins in a given sample contribute effectively to the MR signal. Thus, more than 99.99 % of all spins are “invisible” - a huge potential.
Various methods were devised to increase the polarization up to the order of unity. The resulting signal enhancement has enabled new spectroscopic or diagnostic applications like the imaging of metabolism in real time. In humans, this unique information was used to diagnose cancer at early stages, to show the efficacy of therapy and to monitor the metabolism of the heart.
In this talk, the main hyperpolarization methods will be introduced and the most recent applications of this technique will be shown. Some recent results of parahydrogen-based hyperpolarization methods will be presented as well.


PD Dr. Stephan Nekolla

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Technical University Munich

Talk: Small scanner, large scanner, one question, many answers?


Prof. Volker Rasche

Department of Internal Medicine II, Ulm University Medical Center

Talk: From Patient to Mouse cardiac MRI: Translational challenges


Prof. Laura Schreiber

Chair of Cellular and Molecular Imaging, Comprehensive Heart Failure Center, University Hospital Würzburg

Talk: Translational Cardiovascular Imaging: Infrastructure, Structure, and Applications


Prof. Thomas Schultz

Visualization and Medical Image Analysis Group, University of Bonn

Talk: Computing imaging biomarkers: To model, to learn, or to meld

Traditionally, algorithms for quantifying imaging biomarkers have been hand-crafted for specific applications, often based on careful mathematical modeling. Recently, deep learning has introduced generic approaches that achieve impressive results on a wide variety of modalities and tasks. Based on specific examples from Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography, I will discuss general advantages of these two strategies, and perspectives of combining them.


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