ABOUT MRBalkan.org

Following four successful seminars in Macedonia (2008 and 2011), Turkey (2014), Slovenia (2017), MRBalkan.org continues its mission in Bulgaria (12 - 14 September, 2019), where world-renowned scientists will deliver presentations to a general audience of radiologists, engineers and physicists. The seminar aims to disseminate and promote MRI locally through educational and research sessions, and to create networking opportunities with the invited speakers. During the seminar, the participants will be exposed to:

  • MR pulse sequences used in research and clinical settings,

  • Recent developments in multi-modal MRI,

  • Fundamentals and cutting-edge applications of connectomics

The seminar targets a well-balanced combination of engineering and clinical sessions, and will cover fundamentals of MRI as well as cutting-edge research developments in the field. The invited speakers will give approximately 20 presentations about various aspects of MRI. Researchers from the region will also have the opportunity to present their work.

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Invited Speakers

View the full list of speakers here

David van Essen PhD

Washington University School of Medicine

Steve Smith PhD

University of Oxford

Karla Miller PhD

University of Oxford

Antoine Lutti PhD

Université de Lausanne

Anton Tonchev MD, MSc

Medical University Varna

Bogdan Draganski MD

Université de Lausanne

Christian Langkammer PhD

Medical University of Graz

Mariya Doneva PhD

Philips Research Hamburg

Christian Lambert MD, PhD

St George's, University of London

Meng Law MD, PhD

University of Southern California

Nikola Stikov PhD

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

Camelia Genova MD

National Cardiology Hospital

Jadranka Stojanovska MD, PhD

University of Michigan

Sophie MavrogeniMD, PhD

Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center

Ferath Kherif PhD

Université de Lausanne

Luchezar Traykov MD

Alexandrovska University Hospital

Alex Leff MD, PhD

University College London

Nick Ward MD, PhD

University College London

Organizing Committee

The members of the Organizing Committee are listed below. If you have any questions, please drop us an email at contact@mrbalkan.org.

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Nikola Stikov

Ècole Polytechnique de Montreal (Poly)
Neuroimaging Research Laboratory (NeuroPoly)
Montreal Heart Institute (MHI)

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Tommy Boshkovski
PhD Candidate

Ècole Polytechnique de Montreal (Poly)
Neuroimaging Research Laboratory (NeuroPoly)


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Bogdan Draganski

Laboratoire de recherche en neuroimagerie - Université de Lausanne (LREN )

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Jadranka Stojanovska

Department of Radiology, University of Michigan (Radiology )

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Luchezar Traykov

Alexandrovska University Hospital(Alexandrovska University Hospital)

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Anton Tonchev

Medical University Varna(Medical University - Varna)


12 Sep 2019
08:55 – 09:00

Speakers: Bogdan Draganski, Nikola Stikov

09:00 – 09:45
MRI-based in vivo histology

David van Essen

09:00 – 09:45 David van Essen: TBA
09:45 – 10:00
Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:05
MRI physics

Speakers: Antoine Lutti, Mariya Doneva

10:00 - 10:40 Antoine Lutti: MRI physics & prospective motion correction
10:40 - 11:20 Mariya Doneva: MR fingerprinting
11:10 – 12:15
Ex vivo meets in vivo - focus on hippocampus

Speakers: Anton Tonchev, Bogdan Draganski

11:10 - 11:40 Anton Tonchev: Ex vivo histology of the hippocampus
11:45 - 12:15 Bogdan Draganski: Computational anatomy
12:20 – 13:15
Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:30
Ex vivo meets in vivo - brain tissue property quantification

Speakers: Karla Miller, Nikola Stikov

13:15 - 14:00 Karla Miller: TBA
14:00 - 14:30 Nikola Stikov: Microstructural imaging in the brain and the spinal cord
14:30 – 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:40
Ex vivo meets in vivo -

Speakers: Christian Langkammer, Christian Lambert, Meng Law

15:00 - 15:30 Christian Langkammer: Iron Imaging TBA
15:35 - 16:05 Christian Lambert: Laminar and tract-specific assessment
16:10 - 16:40 Meng Law: Ultrahigh field MRI and Augmented Intelligence in Imaging
16:45 – 18:00
Aperitif & Speed-Dating
13 September 2019
09:00 – 10:10
Cardiac MRI

Speakers: Camelia Guenova, Jadranka Stojanovska, Sophie Mavrogeni

09:00 - 09:30 Camelia Genova: Cardiac MRI - clinical applications
09:35 - 10:05 Jadranka Stojanovska: Evaluating Myocardium with Cardiac MR - state-of-the-art
10:05 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00 Sophie Mavrogeni: CMR in autoimmune rheumatic disease
11:10 - 11:40 Jadranka Stojanovska: MR Imaging of Brain-Heart Axis: Neurodegenerative Diseases
11:45 – 13:00
Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:30
Big Data in Computational anatomy - window to preclinical diagnostic

Speakers: Steve Smith, Ferath Kherif

13:00 - 13:45 Steve Smith: UK Biobank
14:00 - 14:30 Ferath Kherif: medical intelligence platform for brain diseases
14:30 – 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:50
Clinical applications - beyond the standard

Speakers: Luchezar Traykov, Alex Leff, Nick Ward

15:00 - 15:30 Luchezar Traykov: Advances in genetics of neurodegeneration
15:40 - 16:10 Alex Leff: Nature or structure - MRI for studies in post-stroke aphasia
16:10 - 16:50 Nick Ward: MRI for investigating motor recovery after stroke
14:30 – 15:00
Closing remarks
14 September 2019
10:00 – 12:00
Parallel Sessions

MRBulgaria - satelite meeting, Cardiac MRI, Medical intelligence platforms & open science

10:00 – 12:00 MRBulgaria - satelite meeting: B Draganski & K Gaberova & A Tonev & D Stoyanov
10:00 – 12:00 Cardiac MRI: J Stojanovska and Hector Medina hands on and clinical cases
10:00 – 12:00 Medical intelligence platforms & open science - B Draganski & F Kherif & N Stikov

Contact us

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