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

On August 13 2010, the 70th birthday of Professor Olaf B. Paulson will be celebrated at an anniversary symposium held at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. We are proud to present several international as well as Danish speakers at the anniversary symposium. The symposium takes place at auditorium 2 at Rigshospitalet and it starts at 8:30. To see the symposium programme, click here.
A PhD course on Statistical parametric mapping of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data of the human brain is offered at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen, September 2010. The course is organized in collaboration with the Functional Imaging Unit at Glostrup Hospital, and DTU Informatics at the Technical University of Denmark. Registration: http://phdkursus.sund.ku.dk/frontPlanner/DetailKursus.aspx?id=95500 This PhD course will provide a theoretical and practical introduction to the pre-processing and statistical analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data sets of the human brain. Participants will learn to use one of the most widely used neuroimaging analysis software packages (SPM - Statistical Parametric Mapping, http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/) which provides powerful means to analyse functional and structural MRI data. Specific aims: The course participants’ should at the end of the course have learnt - the basic pre-processing steps of MRI data analysis, - to set-up an appropriate first-level (subject level) statistical model that optimally captures the…
In spring 2010, 85 MR scientists and clinicians gathered in Copenhagen for a 1½ day symposium on scientific and clinical applications of MR in humans at magnetic fields of 7 tesla and above.We were proud to feature presentations from outstanding experts in the field of ultra-high field imaging applications: Marta Bianciardi, NIH, USA: Spontaneous signal fluctuations in human fMRI at high magnetic fields. Fernando E. Boada, University of Pittsburg, USA: Monitoring Ion Homeostasis with Sodium MRI (sMRI). Jeff Duyn, NIH, USA: Anatomical MRI based on magnetic susceptibility contrast. Rolf Gruetter, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In vivo metabolism studies at ultra-high field. Mark Ladd, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Advances in Ultra-High Field Body Imaging Sarah J. Nelson, University of California, San Francisco, USA: Clinical applications at ultra-high field. Oliver Speck, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany: Towards fMRI of subcortical structures at high field. Siegfried Trattnig, Medical University of Vienna, Austria: High resolution morphological, compositional…
April 20th 2010,  "Basse" delivered two new scanners for the DRCMR at Hvidovre Hospital.
Mette Hauge Lauritzen received a poster award at the ISMRM.At the Joint Annual Meeting of the ISMRM and ESMRMB in Stockholm last week Mette Lauritzen received a poster award for her poster entitled "Visualizing Regional Changes in Metabolism in a Rat Model of Acute Myocardial Infarction Using Hyperpolarized 13C MR". The work was presented as an e-poster and got a third prize in the category "Spec, Hype and the Like: The 1000 Club".
Does a conflict between inborn preferences and educational standards during childhood impact the structure of the adult brain? In a new study published in Journal of Neuroscience, Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR , and co-workers demonstrated that left-handed people being forced to use their right hand acquire structural brain changes. The results are in accordance with a more general recent finding: The brain changes shape depending on its use. Full reference:J Neurosci. 2010 Mar 3;30(9):3271-5.Nurture versus nature: Long-term impact of forced right-handedness on structure of pericentral cortex and basal ganglia. Klöppel S, Mangin JF, Vongerichten A, Frackowiak RS, Siebner HR. 
An international multi-center study with DRCMR involvement was just published in the renowned journal PNAS. Anne-Marie Dogonowski and Kristoffer H. Madsen are co-authors of this resting state fMRI study on functional connectivity together with other experts in the field of brain connectivity measurements.Full reference:Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Mar 9;107(10):4734-9.Toward discovery science of human brain function.Biswal BB, Mennes M, Zuo XN, Gohel S, Kelly C, Smith SM, Beckmann CF, Adelstein JS, Buckner RL, Colcombe S, Dogonowski AM, Ernst M, Fair D, Hampson M, Hoptman MJ, Hyde JS, Kiviniemi VJ, Kötter R, Li SJ, Lin CP, Lowe MJ, Mackay C, Madden DJ, Madsen KH, Margulies DS, Mayberg HS, McMahon K, Monk CS, Mostofsky SH, Nagel BJ, Pekar JJ, Peltier SJ, Petersen SE, Riedl V, Rombouts SA, Rypma B, Schlaggar BL, Schmidt S, Seidler RD, Siegle GJ, Sorg C, Teng GJ, Veijola J, Villringer A, Walter M, Wang L,…
 A number of PhD-stipends are announced for enrollment at the Copenhagen Graduate School of Health Sciences at The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Several of the projects have DRCMR involvement. 
Kristoffer Hougaard Madsen from the DRCMR recently received "Direktør Gorm-Petersens Mindelegat" given in recognition of his PhD thesis entitled "Modelling Strategies for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging" . Further details are given in Danish on the DTU homepage .
The special Neuroscience issue on imaging genetics A special issue on imaging genetics is published in the journal Neuroscience. Professor Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR is primary author of the editorial , is co-authoring two articles, and is guest-editing this issue that will be featured in the Elsevier booth at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Special Issue:Linking Genes to Brain Function in Health and DiseaseGuest EditorsJoseph Callicott, MDVenkata Mattay, MDHartwig R. Siebner, MDTobias Sommer, MD
Free educational MR software developed at the DRCMR got the  ESMRMB software award at the society meeting  in Turkey, October 2009. The software includes the Bloch Simulator and a new instructive java applet allowing students to explore the simplest Magnetic Resonance setup possible. Both are available via http://www.drcmr.dk/MR together with explanatory texts, animations and links to extensive MRI course notes in English.
Fremover vil Thomas Z. Ramsøy fra DRCMR og CBS blogge om hjerneforskning på Videnskab.dk. Han lægger ud med en advarsel om hjerneforskning , og en artikel om hvordan fosterets hjerneceller kan finde vej til moderens hjerne. Læse mere i  Hjernebloggen.
 Download course program  Overview: This advanced PhD course will provide an up-to-date overview of the currentlyavailable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study the human brain.Emphasis will be placed on new methodological advances in structural and functional MRI.Aims: to acquire an in-depth understanding of the various neuroscientific MRI tools; to beable to efficiently plan and conduct neuroscientific MRI studies; to select the optimal MRIprotocol and data analysis method for individual research projects; and to be able to criticallyinterpret published MRI studies.Content: Morphometric analyses of high-resolution structural MRI images of the brain (voxeland tensor based morphometry, cortical thickness mapping, shape analysis, classification).Diffusion weighted MRI - assessing anatomical connectivity in vivo (micro- and macrostructural neuroanatomy, diffusion tensor imaging, TBSS, tractrography and connectivity, clinicalapplications). Functional MRI - mapping the brain at rest and at work with a focus on dataprocessing (perfusion MRI and BOLD, paradigm design, meta-analysis, second level analysis,causality and connectivity analysis,…
A number of student projects (BSc/MSc) are available in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Some of those are described in a flyer prepared for students at the DTU Medicine&Technology education. Let us know, if you are interested in these projects, or similar.
MRI lecture notes written by Lars G. Hanson were only available in Danish until now. They have now been translated into English by Theis Groth. The notes offer a thorough introduction to basic MRI concepts and imaging techniques. They are meant to supplement lectures aimed at new students of MRI, whether these are trained in physics or not. Important concepts are explained rigorously without the use of math. Supplementary sofware and animations are available at http://www.drcmr.dk/MR The notes are avaiable in two PDF versions for printing on the paper formats A4 or Letter: Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques. 
  The DRCMR annual report 2008 is now available in PDF files optimised for screen an printing. The report provides an overview of the research and clinical activities. 
Professor Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR has together with researcher from Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany, explored how sexual preference is revealed in functional MRI using erotic visual stimuli. The group found fMRI to be at least as sensitive as phallometry, which is used as evidence in trials, but which is criticized. Also, the brain response of homosexuals was found to be similar to that of heterosexuals, confirming that the brains of homosexuals are normal, only tuned to different stimuli. The paper was published in Journal of Sexual Medicine: Assessment of sexual orientation using the hemodynamic brain response to visual sexual stimuli'; doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01233.x An article in Danish summarizing the study was published by Thomas Hoffmann at Videnskab.dk: Hjerneskanninger afslører din sex-fantasi  
A concensus paper written by 31 recognized international experts has just been published with Professor Hartwig R. Siebner from the DRCMR as first author. The paper serves as an important reference for future work in this rapidly evolving research field.  The paper is available at the Brain Stimulation website, and it is entitled Concensus paper: Combining transcranial stimulation with neuroimaging. Authors:  Hartwig R. Siebner, MD, Til O. Bergmann, MD, Sven Bestmann, MD, Marcello Massimini, MD, Heidi Johansen-Berg, MD, Hitoshi Mochizuki, MD, Daryl E. Bohning, MD, Erie D. Boorman, MD, Sergiu Groppa, MD, Carlo Miniussi, MD, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, Reto Huber, MD, Paul C.J. Taylor, MD, Risto J. Ilmoniemi, MD, Luigi De Gennaro, MD, Antonio P. Strafella, MD, Seppo Kähkönen, MD, Stefan Klöppel, MD, Giovanni B. Frisoni, MD, Mark S. George, MD, Mark Hallett, MD, Stephan A. Brandt, MD, Matthew F. Rushworth, MD, Ulf Ziemann, MD, John C. Rothwell, MD, Nick Ward, MD, Leonardo G. Cohen, MD, Jürgen Baudewig, MD, Tomáš Paus, MD, Yoshikazu Ugawa, MD, Paolo M. Rossini, MD
The annual report of the Center for Integrated Molecular Imaging, Cimbi, is available for download at the Cimbi homepage. The focus of Cimbi is nothing less than the neural basis of personality,  and the report contains enlightning articles on this subject of research. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is an important tool in this context and important contributions from DRCMR researchers are consequently found in most Cimbi subprojecs.
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