12 October 2015

Interdisciplinary connections at magnetic resonance conference

Student travel award recipients at the 44th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference. Student travel award recipients at the 44th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference. Michael Chiang

This week at the lab, 110 leading scientists wrapped up a three-day conference about magnetic resonance, a group of techniques that uses magnetic fields to probe matter. Participants at the 44th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference discussed the latest developments in their respective fields and their applications to medicine, structural biology, materials science, physics and chemistry.

Magnetic resonance encompasses the fields of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron magnetic resonance (EMR), which are developed and used here at the MagLab at the highest available fields as well as at many other labs and facilities using commercially available magnets. In these techniques, materials (including the human body, in the case of MRI) are placed in a magnetic field and absorb or emit electromagnetic radiation, revealing information about their structure and properties.

"This conference has a rich tradition of fostering interactions between practitioners of MRI, NMR and EMR, which often leads to breakthroughs in their respective techniques and a richer understanding of the fundamental physical phenomena we measure," said MagLab scientist Joanna Long, who co-organized the conference. "An integral part of this conference is providing a small, collegial environment to cultivate the interaction of students and post-doctoral research associates with prominent researchers." Long is director of the MagLab’s Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Facility.

The MagLab supported the conference in numerous ways, including covering travel for plenary speakers as well as for 10 students, pictured above along with other student travel award recipients.

The conference, which was hosted by the University of Florida and took place in Daytona Beach, Florida, featured four keynote speakers, 37 talks and 46 posters. For more information please see the full conference program.

Photo by Michael Chiang

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