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International MRIlab Module II - A Journey From The Basics To Advanced Methodologies of MRI

International MRIlab Module II - A Journey From The Basics To Advanced Methodologies of MRI
  • Neurology
  • Multiple sclerosis
International workshop by Excemed
Tuesday, Jun 7 - Thursday, Jun 9 2022
Barcelona, Spain

Event format

Course
Learning Journey
Lecture
Videoconferencing
Workshop session

Language

English

Registration status

To register for this event, contact

- Module I: Siena, 17-19 Feb 2022

- Module II: Barcelona, 7-9 June 2022

 

All applications will be reviewed by the scientific committee members who will select the best candidates according to their profiles.

Modules I & II are mandatory to the completion of the course and are included in cost of the registration. 

Successful candidates will participate in both Module I & II.

The following requirements are needed to apply:

  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae of the applicant including bibliography of any relevant publication
  • An applicant’s letter of intent
  • A letter of reference from the applicant’s mentor
  • Registration fee to be announced.

The registration fee includes both Modules I & II, as well as : 

  • Online tutorials
  • Live interventions
  • Coffee breaks and lunch
  • Educational materials
  • Certificate of attendance

Target audiences

Young neurologists/ neuroradiologists
Professionals with particular interest in quantitative MRI applied to research in multiple sclerosis.

Introduction

This collaborative EXCEMED multi-format programme, includes a series of international MRILab Workshops designed for young neurologists/ neuroradiologists or other professionals with a particular interest in quantitative MRI applied to research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Overview

In demyelinating and neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) supports diagnostic and therapeutic decisions, assesses prognosis, and improves understanding of the disease. Standardisation and optimisation of MRI acquisition protocols and analysis are therefore critical, both in clinical and research settings. Quantitative methods assessing lesions and atrophy are far less subjective for measuring disease burden in MS, compared with visual inspection, and are moving from research into clinical settings. Structural damage is predictive of motor and cognitive disability and needs to be accurately quantified, also in order to measure response to treatment. Several methods for imaging post-processing have been developed over time with different strengths, limits and scopes. However, whereas quantitative MRI measures have been extensively used in clinical studies and as endpoints in clinical trials, their introduction in the clinical setting has been difficult due to a number of methodological issues.

EXCEMED together with the team of the University of Siena - Experimental Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, Surgery and Neurosciences - and with the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona - Section of Neuroradiology and MRI Unit, Department of Radiology designed the MRILab - have developed an international training period for young neurologists and neuroradiologists particularly interested in quantitative neuroimaging applied to research in demyelinating and neurodegenerative disorders. 

Learning objectives

Through a series of different educational formats - both live and online - the MRI-Lab, facing basic and advanced methodological key aspects related to the use of quantitative measures of lesions and atrophy, aims to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Illustrate the main issues in the standardisation and optimisation of MRI acquisition protocols
  • Describe how to facilitate image post-processing
  • Discuss strengths and limits of currently used software packages for image quantification
  • Deliver full analysis of lesion burden and atrophy in MRI samples.

 

Pre-Event Tutorials

These preparatory tutorials provide an overview of the course for both modules focusing on the main goals that attendees will achieve through their learning journey in the field of quantitative MRI. The video scribing format facilitates the understanding of the entire learning path, translating scientific concepts into graphic maps. The tutorials will: 

  • Define the importance of quantitative imaging in the evaluation of structural damage in MS
  • Explain the main advancements and pitfalls in this field and how to approach quantitative MRI in a critical way

 

Post Event Tutorials

The post-course tutorials aim to summarise the main topics delivered in the modules. It will provide attendees with tips and practical exercises to help them develop original research projects building on the information gathered during the course. The tutorials will:

  • Simplify complex concepts into manageable information
  • Efficiently translate the theory of quantitative MRI into working knowledge

 

Requirements

In order to get a full benefit of attending the course, attendants need to have some knowledge in the analysis of brain and spinal cord MRI studies, and ensure that the basic tools required to perform basic quantitative analysis of brain and spinal cord MRI studies will be available at their host institution (or on a personal laptop). Instructions on how to install the tools will be given on module I, and thy should be installed before the module II. Requirements: MIPAV (https://mipav.cit.nih.gov/), Matlab (basic license), Statistical Parametric Mapping (www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm; free software but needs Matlab to run), FSL (https://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl/fslwiki) and Spinal Cord Toolbox (https://sourceforge.net/projects/spinalcordtoolbox/), which run over a Linux/Unix system (in case you work with PCs, a Virtual Machine should be installed).

Accreditation details

An application for CME accreditation has been made to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) 

Chair(s)

Nicola De Stefano

Department of Medicine, Surgery & Neuroscience
University of Siena
Siena, Italy

Alex Rovira

Department of Radiology
Unit of Magnetic Resonance
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital
Barcelona, Spain

Deborah Pareto

Vall d’Hebron University Hospital
Section of Neuroradiology Department of Radiology
Barcelona, Spain

Marco Battaglini

Department of Neurological and Behavioral Sciences
University of Siena
Siena, Italy
Speakers

Marco Battaglini

Department of Neurological and Behavioral Sciences
University of Siena
Siena, Italy

Nicola De Stefano

Department of Medicine, Surgery & Neuroscience
University of Siena
Siena, Italy

Deborah Pareto

Vall d’Hebron University Hospital
Section of Neuroradiology Department of Radiology
Barcelona, Spain

Alex Rovira

Department of Radiology
Unit of Magnetic Resonance
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital
Barcelona, Spain

Menno Schoonheim

Department of Anatomy & Neurosciences
VU University Medical Center