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Young Investigator Award

The prestigious ESMRMB - Young Investigator Award offers young researchers a unique platform to stand out from the crowd and to boost a career!

The ESMRMB announces the competition for the Young Investigator Award for the 2017 Barcelona Meeting. The competition is open to young clinicians and scientists at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels.

Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
•    Be under 35 years of age as per January 1, 2017
•    Member of the ESMRMB
•    Submission of a CV to ESMRMB Office, indicating excellence in
      performed MR research by May 18, 2017.
•    Submit an abstract of a Scientific Session communication as a first
      author via the electronic abstract submission system until the
      extended submission deadline on May 23, 2017, 9:00 CEST.
•    Publication or submission of a full manuscript to MAGMA (“Magn Reson
      Mater Phy”, the official journal of ESMRMB) in the field of the work of
      the submitted abstract from October 2016 onwards until May 18, 2017
      (note that NO extension will be granted for your submission to
Please note that this is a major criterion for eligibility.
      Please also note that the publication or submitted manuscript can
      be a report on original research or a review.

•    Please check that the format of your manuscript conform to the
      instructions to authors of the journal at
      submitting your paper via the web-based submission system:

The major criteria for the selection of finalists are the overall achievements of the candidates in MR as documented in the CV (incl. a publication list) and the quality of the published or submitted paper in MAGMA.

The winner will receive € 1,000, and the two other finalists € 300 each. Tthe winner will be selected by a jury after presenting their work at the annual congress. Each price may be awarded to a clinical, a preclinical or a basic science study. If you have any questions, please contact the ESMRMB Office at

The YIA finalists will be notified during the abstract notification process in July 2017.

Submission of a manuscript to MAGMA:

MAGMA is a multidisciplinary international journal devoted to the publication of articles on all aspects of magnetic resonance techniques and their applications in medicine and biology. MAGMA currently presents short communications, full-length research papers, invited reviews, commentaries, and book reviews.

The subject areas covered by MAGMA include:

•    Advances in materials, hardware and software in magnetic resonance
•    New developments and results in research and practical applications of
      magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy relatedto biology and
•    Study of animal models and intact cells
•    Reports of clinical trials on humans and clinical validation of magnetic
      resonance protocols

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically to

Abstracts must be submitted via the ESMRMB
electronic abstract submission system. Please click on the following link in order to submit your paper:

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Statements of past YIA winners:

Sophie Schmid,
1st prize winner 2016

"The YIA competition gave me a unique opportunity to provide an overview on my research topic and get feedback and suggestions for further insights into the “new” method. That’s exactly what I like about the ESMRMB: it is a nice conference to discuss scientific work and get ideas for future projects. It is a very open and collaborative research community. I’m very proud to have won this award and encourage other young investigators to participate in this contest.”

Maddalena Strumia,
2nd prize winner 2016

"Presenting my work to this year's ESMRMB YIA was a wonderful experience. I received excellent feedback and comments which are giving me the opportunity to increase even more the quality of my research. I would like to strongly encourage young scientists to participate to this competition in order to achieve further steps in their career."

Sergios Gatidis,
3rd prize winner 2016
"Presenting our research results in the setting of the ESMRMB YIA was a very rewarding experience. The positive feedback and support from other congress participants is a strong motivation for me to continue and improve my research in the exciting field of MR imaging."

Henk JMM Mutsaerts,
1st prize winner, 2015

"Getting this award really felt like an acknowledgment of my passion for research. The ESMRMB is a nice
and cosy conference, many people go here for the ability to really have the time to meet collaborators
rather than having to run a marathon between different sessions. I always learn a lot during these
conferences which I can then apply in current and future projects."

Ali Özen, 2nd prize winner, 2015
"It was wonderful to have my work included in this year’s ESMRMB YIA contest. I am humbled, honored, and grateful to have been selected as the second prize winner. 
I take this great opportunity to improve my work with higher motivation and reach an academic excellence in research. I will proudly acknowledge this award in my future career steps and the grant applications.”

Manuel Taso,
1st prize winner, 2013

"Since then, people have very positive feedbacks about this award and I definitely encoursage young scientists to participate in this competition as it gives perspectives."

Uvo Hölscher,
1st prize winner, 201

"The intense scientific discussion in the YIA competition has provided excellent feedback on my work and has given rise to new ideas for upcoming experiments. [...] When discussing my CV with experts from the himan resources sector I get very positive reactions on the award. From this perspective, I like to encourage my young colleagues to participate in the competition for boosting both their science and their career."

Hanno Homann,
2nd prize winner, 201

"For me, the award has been a persuasive stepping stone to becoming a professional researcher in medical imaging."

Olga Tymofiyeva,
1st prize winner, 200

"Winning the YIA was a unique opportunity for me to promote my research [...]. Winning this award has helped my career by establishing a strong reputation in the MR community and served as a motivation boost for me to keep doing good science."

Thomas Kwee,
2nd prize winner, 200

"This YIA finalist award was very important for my career, because it gave me a tremendous motivation to continue the work I was doing and it helped me to obtain grants for further research."

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