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Ultra-High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Objective

The High field Magnetic Resonance (HiMR) Initial Training Network aims to train the future leaders of academic and industrial research in the fundamental science and novel applications of ultra-high field (UHF) in vivo magnetic resonance (MR), in order to address an increasing and currently unmet demand from academia and industry for such specialists. The highly complex and multi-faceted nature of UHF MR means that excellent training can only be provided by immersing ESRs in an environment that integrates different research areas, sectors and groups. The HiMR ITN is centred on a cutting edge, multidisciplinary research program that exploits the complementarities of the participants. This research programme is organised into four themes each focused on a crucial area of development of UHF. The first focuses on improved structural imaging, advancing our understanding of the origins of contrast in MRI scans and developing non-invasive biomarkers for multiple sclerosis. The second theme is centred upon exploiting UHF to develop ultra-high resolution functional MRI (fMRI) which will be very important in basic neuroscience research. It also aims to make fMRI more quantitative, thus encouraging its uptake in the clinic. The third theme aims to exploit the enhanced sensitivity of MR spectroscopy (MRS) at UHF in developing highly specific biomarkers. The final theme will develop novel hardware for both research and in the clinic, and methods of monitoring and correcting motion which limits in-vivo MR resolution. Finally the HiMR ITN will provide a unique opportunity to measure safety outcomes over a large group of workers. The proposed interdisciplinary and intersectoral training program, embedded in this research program, will provide a platform for training ESRs to become specialists in UHF MR, whilst also furnishing them with experience of a broad range of work environments, experimental techniques and theoretical knowledge relevant to the full range of in vivo MR.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/radiology/medical imaging/magnetic resonance imaging
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/neurology/multiple sclerosis
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology/neuroscience

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 842 909,98
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 238 018,88
Address
Hufelandstrasse 55
45147 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Beate Frass (Dr.)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 252 811,46
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arthur Willemsen (Mr.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 462 837,76
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Schmude (Mrs.)
OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 462 837,76
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
39106 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Oliver Speck (Prof.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 588 813,28
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 256 787,96
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donatella Rossi (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 492 422,92
Address
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marieke Krispijn (Mrs.)