On the 7th of July 2017, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicine Agency (EMA) confirmed its conclusions on the evidence of gadolinium deposition in the brain following the use of gadolinium contrast agents . Several recommendations concerning the use of gadolinium during MRI scanning are proposed, the most important one being the ban on the use of linear Gd-contrast agents. Although this concerns only recommendations which are now going to be presented to the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), the decisions taken there will almost certainly result in a new European legislation.
The board of ESMRMB considers MRI safety in all its aspects as extremely important and is committed to promptly inform you about any decisions concerning gadolinium use that are taken by the European Commission.
I sincerely hope to see you all in Barcelona for our great conference where more on this topic can be learned, a special session will be devoted to it.
The ESMRMB is struck by a feeling of great loss and sadness by the
passing away of Sir Peter Mansfield at age 83 on Wednesday 8
Sir Peter Mansfield is iconic in everything nuclear magnetic
resonance because of his early research in NMR that led to the
development of clinical MRI. For this work he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003
together with Paul Lauterbur. Sir Peter Mansfield also invented
EPI, echo-planar imaging, a method that has advanced neuroscience
in an unexpected way because of speed of acquisition and
sensitivity to BOLD signals which form the basis of most
functional MRI exams performed today. We will miss him dearly.
The University of Nottingham has opened a book of condolences
which can be found here: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/sir-peter-mansfield/index.aspx
Message from the ESMRMB Executive Board
as per February 6, 2017
In the past few months our community has faced many attacks on
fundamental liberties, we all rely on being able to perform our duties
as scientists and clinicians. In particular, among others, we have been
shocked by the measure taken by the new President of the United States
of America, to ban citizens of 7 countries of the Middle East and
Africa from entering the USA. This will hamper scientific exchanges
around the world, and prevent scientists from attending international
conferences, both in the USA and Europe. For anyone wishing to travel as
part of their work to an international meeting, please seek advice well
in advance of committing to travel.
The ESMRMB is committed to everybody in our scientific community,
irrespective of religion, gender, nationality, age, colour, disability
or sexual orientation. For this globalised world to work, we all have to
work together and show an open mind towards other cultures and habits.
Let’s continue to work together on this great project of MR science and
to support each other!
The Board of the ESMRMB
ESMRMB Newsletter Vol. 22, January 11, 2017
Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends of the ESMRMB,
While listening to the news in the morning, I sometime just can not
suppress a feeling of hopelessness and sadness about what is going on in
our world. War, attacks, disease and global warming were my partners at
breakfast. But then I got the invitation to write a welcome for the
newsletter of ESMRMB, and that did lighten up my day. I love my ESMRMB,
it is a great scientific society. Not only does it provide our community
with education and communication tools, I also noticed that it is a
truly integrated multicultural society where you all feel at home.
Meanwhile, Tim Leiner and his SPC team, in collaboration with Carles
Arus of the LOC, are working hard to prepare yet another never to forget
ESMRMB conference, this time in October 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. So if
you are contemplating the future on a quiet moment, start thinking
about your abstracts and presentations. Deadline for submission will be
on May 18, 2017.
I am furthermore happy to report that the educational programmes of the ESMRMB, i.e. the School of MRI, Lectures in MR and Hands-on MRI
courses, have an extra element since this year, an e-Learning basic
course in applied MR techniques. Don’t forget that in order to benefit
from substantial reductions for all ESMRMB activities, you can pay your
annual membership fee now!
As always, for any update on your society’s newest offers, continue to like us on Facebook (@ESMRMB) and follow us on Twitter (@ESMRMB).
With winter at the door, I wish you all a happy new year.