2019 | Nov. 18-19





A conference organized by the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research


The continued development and availability of ultrahigh field MRI systems along with recent FDA approval of 7T for head and knee imaging, creates the timely opportunity for a discussion among imaging centers about how this technology can positively impact clinical care. Identifying key clinical applications and developing workflows to integrate sometimes complex methods into the mainstream, require a dedicated focus of leading imaging centers currently involved in high field imaging and those individuals interested in exploring and demonstrating its potential to improve patient outcomes.

With leadership from the University of Minnesota Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, and support from the University of Minnesota’s CTSA hub, the UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute, this meeting endeavors to bring together clinicians and scientists from within the national CTSA network to discuss these topics. The goals of the meeting are three-fold:

  1. Identify the promise of ultrahigh field MRI at addressing unmet clinical needs.
  2. Highlight the current and future technologies required to fully exploit 7T in addressing these applications.
  3. Begin to discuss the cost-benefit question, “Will the availability of 7T improve clinical outcomes?”.

This meeting will appeal to clinical investigators who currently use or anticipate using ultra-high field imaging in their clinical practice, individuals with interests in clinical application of ultra-high field imaging, and early career investigators with a dual interest in ultra-high field imaging and the management of a particular clinical problem.


Registration for this free 1.5-day conference includes two breakfasts, one lunch and a reception with hors d'oeuvres. Registration is limited; please register by Nov. 1, 2019. For more information, contact us at ctsi@umn.edu.

Preliminary Program

November 18-19, 2019

Monday, November 18 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Session 1: Opening Remarks and Keynote Lectures

Michael Knopp, MD, PhD, The Ohio State University

Srinivasan Mukundan, PhD, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Kamil Ugurbil, PhD, University of Minnesota

Session 2: Clinical Neurology at UHF

Amit Anand, MD and Mark Lowe, PhD, Cleveland Clinic

Noam Harel, PhD and Jerrold Vitek, MD, University of Minnesota

Tom Henry, MD and Pierre-Francoise van de Moortele, PhD, University of Minnesota

Bharathi Jagadeesan, MD and Pierre-Francois Van de Moortele, PhD, University of Minnesota

Gulin Oz, PhD and Betsy Seaquist, MD, University of Minnesota

Session 3: Clinical MSK & Body

Kimberly Amrami, MD, Mayo Clinic

Jutta Ellerman, MD and Stefan Zybn, PhD, University of Minnesota

Greg Metzger, PhD and Benjamin Spilseth, MD, University of Minnesota

Ravinder Reddy Regatte, PhD, New York University

Session 4: Other Nuclei & Contrasts

Clark Chen, MD, PhD and Wei Chen, PhD, University of Minnesota

Anke Henning, PhD, UT Southwestern

Peder E. Z. Larson, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Malgorzata Marjanska, PhD and John (Riley) McCarten, MD, University of Minnesota

Peter Van Zijl, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Reception, Lab Tours, and Demonstrations at CMRR

Tuesday, November 19, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session 5: Safety and Technology

Gregor Adriany, PhD, University of Minnesota

Jeramy Kulesa, University of Minnesota

Xiaoping Wu, PhD, University of Minnesota

Session 6: Problems and Solutions

Speakers to be announced

Session 7: Community Forum: Establishing a Path Forward

Panelists to be announced

Adjourn (approximately 12:30 p.m.)


The conference and reception on Monday, November 18 will be held at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), University of Minnesota, 2021 6th Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. CMRR is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota campus.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees from Nov. 17-19, 2019 at the Graduate Minneapolis located on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus, just a short walk from the CMRR.

Book a room now.

**Rooms must be booked by 10/18/2019 to receive a discounted room rate.

This conference is organized by University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute is supported by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, grant UL1TR002494.

**Header image: modified; "Siemens MAGNETOM Amira | MRI Scanner" by Alexandre Avranches, Florian Hilbig is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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