MRI innovations for biomedical research are unveiled

Nottingham BRC Symposium
19 June 2018

Over recent decades, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) has revolutionised healthcare by providing the ability to look inside the human body non-invasively and without any adverse effects on patients’ health.

As the birthplace of MRI, thanks to its pioneer and joint Nobel Prize Winner the late Sir Peter Mansfield, Nottingham has played a major role in its evolution.

The Symposium covered some of the latest innovations in MRI and their potential to further advance healthcare through advanced precision medicine.

The ‘Innovations in MRI for biomedical research’ workshop was the first of two the topic of MRI at the Symposium. It was hosted by Dr Galina Pavlovskaya, an expert in -MRI and Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, Professor Thomas Meersmann, also an MRI expert, and MRI researcher Dr William Cottam.

Professor Meersmann discussed recent developments in MRI with hyperpolarised species and its translation to the clinic. Dr Pavlovskaya also touched on basis of -MRI (MRI histology), 23Na MRI and their fusion to demonstrate its potential in clinical cases of diabetes, pre-eclampsia and the brain.

The researchers also gave an overview of similar facilities outside the UK (21T -MRI, NHMFL, Tallahassee, FL, USA) and discussed opportunities for collaboration. Dr William Cottam also updated workshop delegates on on-going innovative clinical MRI developments in Nottingham.

The workshop concluded with an interactive panel discussion addressing questions on the topics covered in the session.