ABOUT MRBalkan.org

Following four successful conferences 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 conference 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 conference 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

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David van Essen PhD

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA

Steve Smith PhD

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Karla Miller PhD

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Antoine Lutti PhD

Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Anton Tonchev MD, MSc

Medical University Varna, Varna Bulgaria

Bogdan Draganski MD

Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Christian Langkammer PhD

Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Mariya Doneva PhD

Philips Research Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Christian Lambert MD, PhD

University of London, London, UK

Meng Law MD, PhD

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Nikola Stikov PhD

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Kamelia Genova MD

National Cardiology Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria

Jadranka Stojanovska MD, MS

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

El-Sayed Ibrahim PhD

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Sophie MavrogeniMD, PhD

Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Kallithea, Greece

Ferath Kherif PhD

Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Christian Rummel MD

University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Hector Manuel Medina Zuluaga MD

Fundación Cardioinfantil - Instituto de Cardiología, Bogota, Columbia

Conference Chair



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Bogdan Draganski
MD

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

Scientific Organizing Committee

The members of the Scientific 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
PhD

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
MD

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

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Jadranka Stojanovska
MD, MS

Department of Radiology, University of Michigan (Radiology )

Local Organizing Committee

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



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Luchezar Traykov
MD, PhD

Alexandrovska University Hospital(Alexandrovska University Hospital)

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Anton Tonchev
MD, MSc

Medical University Varna(Medical University - Varna)

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Ivan Dimitrov
MD, PhD

Medical University of Varna (Medical University - Varna)

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Radoslav Georgiev
MD, PhD

Medical University of Varna (Medical University - Varna)

 

Program

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12 Sep 2019
08:55 – 09:00
Welcome

Speakers: Bogdan Draganski, Nikola Stikov

09:00 – 09:45
Imaging neuroscience - quo vadis?

David van Essen

09:00 – 09:45 David van Essen: Brain structure and connectivity in humans and non-human primates
09:50 – 10:20
Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:30
New developments in MRI physics

Speakers: Antoine Lutti, Mariya Doneva

10:20 - 10:50 Antoine Lutti: Head motion and the analysis of quantitative MRI data
10:55 - 11:30 Mariya Doneva: MR fingerprinting
11:30 – 12:50
MRI in vivo histology

Speakers: Karla Miller, Nikola Stikov

11:30 - 12:15 Karla Miller: Linking MRI to microscopy to investigate microstructure in the brain
12:20 - 12:50 Nikola Stikov: Microstructural imaging in the brain and the spinal cord
12:50 – 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:35
MRI applications for clinic & research

Speakers: Meng Law, Bogdan Draganski

13:30 - 14:00 Meng Law: Ultra-high field MRI and Augmented Intelligence in Imaging
14:05 - 14:35 Bogdan Draganski: Computational anatomy study of the brain
14:40 – 15:10
Coffee Break
15:10 – 17:00
Beyond the clinical standard

Speakers: Christian Rummel, Christian Lambert, Meng Law

15:10 - 15:40 Christian Rummel: MRI in epileptic disorders
15:45 - 16:15 Christian Lambert: MRI in neurodegeneration
16:20 - 17:00 Meng Law: Cardiovascular Health and Risk Factors in Neurodegeneration and Dementia
17:00 – 18:30
Cocktail & speed-dating
13 September 2019
09:00 – 11:55
Cardiac MRI

Speakers: Jadranka Stojanovska, El-Sayed Ibrahim, Kamelia Genova, Sophie Mavrogeni

09:00 - 09:05 Jadranka Stojanovska: Introduction/Moderator
09:05 - 09:45 Jadranka Stojanovska Evaluating Myocardium with Cardiac MR - state-of-the-art
09:45 - 10:10 El-Sayed Ibrahim: Heart Mechanics: MRI - Imaging
10:10 - 10:20 Q&A
10:20 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 10:55 Kamelia Genova: Cardiac MRI - where high-tech meets clinical routine
10:55 - 11:20 Sophie Mavrogeni: CMR in autoimmune rheumatic disease
11:20 - 11:45 El-Sayed Ibrahim: MR imaging of cardiotoxicity
11:45 - 11:55 Q&A
11:55 – 13:00
Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:50
Imaging neuroscience meets neurobiology

Speakers: Bogdan Draganski, Anton Tonchev, Christian Langkammer

13:00 - 13:30 Bogdan Draganski: In vivo investigation of hippocampus plasticity
13:35 - 14:10 Anton Tonchev: Neuroplasticity in the post-ischemic hippocampus
14:15 - 14:50 Christian Langkammer: Postmortem validation of MRI-based iron mapping
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:45
Big Data in imaging neuroscience - window to pre-clinical diagnosis

Speakers: Ferath Kherif, Nick Ward

15:30 - 16:00 Ferath Kherif: Medical intelligence platform for brain diseases
16:00 - 16:45 Steven Smith: Population brain imaging - UK Biobank
17:00
Closing remarks
14 September 2019
10:00 – 14:00
Parallel Sessions

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

10:00 – 12:00 MRBulgaria - satelite meeting: B Draganski & K Gaberova & A Tonchev & 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 - F Kherif & N Stikov

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