UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing


Prof. Itamar Ronen - CMIC/WEISS Joint Seminar Series

14 September 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Prof. Itamar Ronen, Brighton and Sussex Medical School - an invited talk as part of CMIC/WEISS Joint Seminar Series

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UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing and Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences

Invited Speaker:  Prof. Itamar Ronen, Chair in Medical Physics and Academic Director of CISC (Neuroscience and Imaging) - Brighton and Sussex Medical School


Title "Unusual" Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Experiments at 7T and 0.05T  



The first part of the talk will be dedicated to work predominantly carried out at the Gorter Centrer for MRI at the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden (The Netherlands), and will center on diffusion weighted (DW)-MRS. I’ll give some examples of how DW-MRS harnesses the compartmental and cell-type specificity of neuro-metabolites to provide a view of tissue microstructure that is complementary to that provided by DW-MRI. I’ll briefly survey some of the salient clinical applications of DW-MRS, and its potential to provide alongside microstrcutural information also ffunctional and metabolic information. The second part will briefly describe work done on acquisition of spectroscopic data at low field MRI (0.05T) and provides a link to the plans for the newly acquired low field MRI scanner, planned to arrive to the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC) at the Brighton and Sussex Medical Centre. I'll conclude with a brief description of current research endeavours at CISC, in the hope of fostering new and exciting collaborations with researchers at CMIC.



Itamar obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the School of Chemistry in Tel Aviv University, where he worked with Prof. Gil Navon on developing a method for indirect NMR detection of 17O. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Seong-Gi Kim and Dr. Dae-Shik Kim, he obtained his first academic position at the Boston University School of Medicine, and there, together with Dr. Dae-Shik Kim, he co-founded the Center for Biomedical Imaging and a Master’s degree in Bioimaging. In 2009 Itamar moved to the Netherlands, where he joined the C. J. Gorter Center for MRI at the Leiden University Medical Center as PI and Associate Professor, focusing mostly on developing methods for diffusion of intracellular metabolites in humans at ultrahigh field, and recently on developing spectroscopic techniques suitable for low field MR (0.05T). Since October 2021 he holds the positions of Academic Director of the Clinical Imaging Science Centre and Chair in Medical Physics at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton, UK. 



Chair: Danny Alexander