This application is to enable mutual transfer of knowledge and experience by enhancing mutual scientific interest, augmenting research projects and exchanging new ideas. We envision that the collaboration will bring joint publications and new discoveries in the area of Magnetic Resonance (MR). The project aims at the improvement of current diagnostic capabilities of MR in the areas of spinal cord injury, cancer and Alzheimer disease as well as the development of new MR imaging methods. These tasks can only be accomplished with the support from the NRC facilities and researchers. The combination of Canadian expertise and the experience of Polish and Czech partners in these areas is a perfect match that will allow further advancements of science. The participating institutions are: Dept. of MRI, Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (INP), Krakow, Poland; Dept. of MR and Bioinformatics, Ustav Pristrojove Techniky, Czech Academy of Sciences (UPT), Brno, Czech Republic and National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Institute for Biodiagnostics, MR Technology, Winnipeg and Calgary, Canada. Both European participants have been collaborating for over 20 years with NRC. Canadian equipment and expertise is crucial for the success of the projects. Polish and Czech researchers will be working with their Canadians colleagues to enable gaining of the knowledge of technology and expertise already established in Canada, but still under development in European labs. The Canadian partner will benefit from expertise in animal models of diseases and MR techniques developed in Polish and Czech labs. There will be 25 senior scientists from three institutions involved in the projects over a 48 months. For the effective transfer and exchange of the knowledge we intend to organize two workshops. The gained knowledge will be utilized during the years following the exchange as the related projects will continue in the home institutions.
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