2015 Southeast Magnetic Resonance Conference

The University of Florida hosted the 44th Southeast Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC), which held October 9-11, 2015, at the Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • Overview

    The 44th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference held October 9-11, 2015 at the Daytona Beach Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida. SEMRC is held every year and rotates among various locations in the southeastern United States and has a long history of bringing together leading scientists to discuss the latest developments in NMR, EPR, and MRI. The focus of the conference is the exchange of ideas and recent magnetic resonance research highlights, including new applications and technique development. Particular emphasis is placed on activities in the region. Traditionally, the SEMRC puts a special emphasis on the participation of young scientists (students and postdocs) and provides excellent opportunities to exchange new exciting results with their peers as well as with the leaders in the field.

    The 43rd SEMRC was hosted by the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


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  • Important Dates

    September 9, 2015 Abstract submission deadline for Student Awards
    September 9, 2015 Early Registration deadline
    September 9, 2015 Cancellation deadline for full refund
    September 15, 2015 Abstract submission deadline - Oral and Poster
    September 18, 2015 Student Award Notifications
    September 23, 2015 Discounted hotel reservation rate ends
    October 1, 2015 Cancellation deadline for 50% refund
    October 8, 2015 Registration closed; see on-site registration
    October 9th 5pm Conference begins
    October 11th 12pm Conference ends
  • Registration


    Registration fees include attendance at all talks, the welcome reception on Friday night, breakfast, lunch, and a reception dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, as well as coffee breaks during the conference. It does not include accommodation, travel, or any extra activities outside the specified conference agenda.

    Fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid via Visa, MasterCard, check or cash. Registrations must be received by the conference on the dates specified below in order to receive the corresponding rates.

    Early registration by 9/9/2015:
    • Full participant $150.00
    • Postdoc/Student $100.00*
    Late Registration from 9/10/2015 until 10/8/2015:
    • Full participant $250.00
    • Postdoc/Student $125.00*
    On-Site Registration beginning 10/9/2015
    • Full participant $300.00
    • Postdoc/Student $150.00*

    *Rate requires an advisor letter to be submitted with the registration form verifying participation and status. The advisor letter may be in the form of an e-mail to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Cancellations must be made in writing via email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome, provided that written authorization is presented at the registration desk

    • Registration cancellations made on or before September 9, 2015, will receive a full refund, excluding any convenience fees paid.
    • Registration cancellations made on or before October 7, 2015, will receive a 50% refund

    There will be no refunds for cancellations made or received on or after October 8, 2015. Non-attendance does not imply cancellation.

  • Keynote Speakers

    Dan Vigneron

    Professor, University of California San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
    Director, Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center
    Associate Director, Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging
    Director, Advanced Imaging Technologies SRG

    Dr. Vigneron's group focuses on developing new metabolic MRI techniques for both basic research and clinical assessments of human diseases.

    Homepage: http://www.radiology.ucsf.edu/research/labs/vigneron

    R. David Britt

    Professor, University of California, Davis Department of Chemistry

    Dr. Britt's lab uses EPR to investigate the structure and function of biologically significant enzymes with redox-active transition metal centers, clusters or organic radicals in their active site.

    Homepage: http://brittepr.ucdavis.edu/

    Fraser MacMillan

    Reader, School of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia, UK

    Dr. MacMillan's interests lie in the application and development of modern paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic techniques to characterize and correlate the structure and function of biomacromolecules.

    Homepage: https://www.uea.ac.uk/chemistry/people/profile/fraser-macmillan

    Jeffrey Schiano

    Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

    Dr. Schiano' research interests span three areas: nuclear magnetic resonance, neural network controllers, and microelectromechanical systems.

    Homepage: http://www.ee.psu.edu/Directory/FacultyInfo/Schiano/SchianoProfilePage.aspx

  • Program

    For participants whose abstracts have been accepted as a poster: the poster boards are 3x4ft and posters should be landscape orientation.


    Friday, October 9th

    4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Vendor Tables  
    5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Registration  
    5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Poster Set Up and Viewing  
    6:30 - 6:40 p.m. Welcome: Joanna Long  
    6:40 - 7:20 p.m. Keynote: Dan Vigneron University of California, San Francisco Preclinical Hyperpolarized MR Molecular Imaging and Translation for Clinical Research
    7:20 - 8:00 p.m. Keynote: R. David Britt University of California, Davis Mechanisms of Solar Fuel Reactions as Probed by Advanced EPR Spectroscopy
    8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Poster Set Up and Viewing
    Welcome Reception and Hors d 'Oeuvres

    Saturday, October 10th

    7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast (registration)  
    8:00 - 3:30 p.m. Vendor Tables  
      Hardware and Technique Development
    8:00 - 8:05 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome: Gail Fanucci  
    8:05 - 8:35 a.m. Keynote : Jeff Schiano Penn State University  
    8:35 - 8:50 a.m. Thorsten Maly Bridge 12 A Compact, High-Field EPR Spectrometer For Dynamic Nuclear Polarization
    8:50 - 9:20 a.m. Invited Speaker: Daniel Gochberg Vanderbilt University Imaging Magnetization Exchange With CEST and CERT
    9:20 - 9:35 a.m. Magdoon Kulam University of Florida Phase Contrast MRI With Reduced Eddy Current Distortion
    9:35 - 9:55 a.m. Invited Speaker: Yan-Yan Hu Florida State University Solid-State NMR Studies Of Energy Storage Materials
    9:55 - 10:10 a.m. Sebastian Stoian National High Magnetic Field Laboratory A Detailed Spectroscopic And Theoretical Investigation Of High-Spin Square-Planar Fe2+ And Co2+ Complexes
    10:10 - 10:30 a.m. Invited Speaker: Mike Bowman University of Alabama Magnetic Interactions In Narrow-Line Trityl Biradicals
    10:30 - 10:50 a.m. Coffee Break  
    10:50 - 11:10 a.m. Invited Speaker: Russ Bowers University of Florida Parahydrogen Induced Polarization By Pairwise Replacement Catalysis Over Metal Nanoparticles And Ceria Nanoshapes
    11:10 - 11:25 a.m. Lakshmi Bhaskaran National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Pushing The Limits Of Magnetic Anisotropy In Mononuclear Ni(II) Single - Molecule Magnet: A High-Field EPR Study
    11:25 - 11:40 a.m. Deidra Gerlach University of Alabama The Coordination Environment Of Copper Water Oxidation Catalysts Before Electrocatalysis And The Pathways Open During Electrolysis
    11:40 - 11:55 a.m. Yunzhi Zhang Clemson University Bdpa-Doped Polystyrene Beads As Polarization Agents For DNP-NMR
    11:55 - 12:10 p.m. Mariya Vyushkova The University of Notre Dame Optically Detected EPR Spectra Of Polyfluorobiphenyl Radical Anions
    12:10 - 12:25 p.m. Jurek Krzystek National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Terahertz-Frequency EPR
    12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch  
      Magnetic Resonance and Macromolecules
    1:30 - 1:50 p.m. Invited: Anne-Frances Miller The University of Kentucky 1H Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Based On An Endogenous Flavin Radical
    1:50 - 2:20 p.m. Keynote : Fraser MacMillan University of East Anglia, UK Understanding Movement And Mechanism In Membrane Proteins
    2:20 - 2:35 p.m. Joana Paulino Florida State University Protein Dynamics By ssNMR: Gating Motions In M2 Proton Channel Of Influenza A
    2:35 - 2:55 p.m. Invited: Bo Chen University of Central Florida Rous Sarcoma Virus Capsid Protein In Its Tubular Assembly
    2:55 - 3:10 p.m. Kari Pederson University of Georgia Assignment Of Sparse 13C Alanine Methyl Resonances In Hsp90 Proteins Using RDCs PCSs, And NOEs
    3:10 - 3:30 p.m. Alex Smirnov North Carolina State University Cysteine-Specific Labeling Of Proteins With A Totapol Derivative For Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR
    3:30 - 3:50 p.m. Coffee Break  
    3:50 - 4:20 p.m. Aimin Liu Georgia State University Catalysis At A Distance: Nature's Sniper For Remote Specific Tryptophan Oxidation
    4:20 - 4:35 p.m. Pavanjeet Kaur National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Selective Membrane Disruption Mechanism Of An Anti-Bacterial Peptide Defined By EPR Spectroscopy
    4:35 - 4:55 p.m. Alex Nevzerov North Carolina State University Dipolar-Recoupled Lineshapes Of Uniaxially Diffusing Membrane Proteins Under MAS
    4:55 - 5:25 p.m. Josh Telser Roosevelt and Northwestern Universities EPR/ENDOR/ESEEM Of Iron-Sulfur Proteins And Enzymes
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Poster session and drinks  
    7:30 - 11:00 p.m. Banquet Dinner  

    Sunday, October 11th

    7:15 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast  
      Magnetic resonance in vivo
    8:00 - 8:05 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome  
    8:05 - 8:35 a.m. Invited Speaker: Matt Merritt University of Florida Is Hyperpolarized Pyruvate Useful For Imaging Hepatic Metabolism?
    8:35 - 8:50 a.m. Dan Downes University of Florida Real Time Analysis Of The Cerebral Metabolic Shift Caused By Cocaine Administration And Withdrawal
    8:50 - 9:10 a.m. Promoted: Zackary Cleveland Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center UTE And HP 129Xe MRI Of Lung Structure-Function Relationships In Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis
    9:10 - 9:30 a.m. Invited Speaker: Gary V. Martinez University of South Florida Preclinical Functional MR Images Studies To Improve Diagnosis And Therapy Response In Ewing Sarcoma
    9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Bibek Thapa University of Puerto Rico Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoribbons With Enhanced Relaxivity As T2 Contrast Agent In MRI
    9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Victor Schepkin National High Magnetic Field Laboratory In Vivo Triple Quantum Effects Of Bound Potassium And Sodium At 21.1 T
    10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Coffee Break  
      Radicals in vivo
    10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Invited Speaker: Alexander Angerhofer University of Florida EPR Detection On Microchips - On The Way To Single Cell Detection
    10:40 - 10:55 a.m. Xiao SongNorth Carolina State University Investigating The Role And Structure Of Free Radicals In Lignin Biosynthesis
    10:55 - 11:10 a.m. Arthur Sikora University of Virginia DEER In Native Systems: What Lipids And Detergents Can't Tell Us
    11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Tatyana Smirnova North Carolina State University smFRET And DEER Distance Measurements As Applied To Disordered And Structured Proteins
    11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Meghan Kohne Emory University Radical Rearrangement Catalysis In B12-Dependent Ethanolamine Ammonia-Lyase
    11:45 - 12:00 p.m. Alex Cruce University of Alabama Drug Binding Characterization Of CYPs Utilizing CW And Pulsed EPR
    12:00 - 12:30 p.m. SEMRC Business Meeting  
    12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ENDS - Lunch on Own  
  • Abstract Submission

    Student travel award requests are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 9th, 2015. This requires an abstract and letter of reference from your advisor emailed to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    The deadline for poster and oral presentation abstract submission is September 15, 2015.

    See attached docxabstract submission form.

    Completed abstract forms should be sent toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Accommodations

    Plaza Resort and SpaPlaza Resort and SpaThe 44th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference will take place at the Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida, which is located right on the beach and features a full spa and outdoor pool.

    A block of rooms has been reserved specifically for the SEMRC (make sure to reserve your room under the group name "SEMRC") with the following room rates (per night, 12.5% bed tax exclusive):

    • City view: $109.00
    • Ocean View: $119.00
    • Ocean Front: $129.00

    There is a $10.00/person additional charge for more than one person in a single room or more than two people in a double room.

    To reserve a room, call 1-866-500-5630 and make sure to identify yourself as part of the SEMRC 2015 room block. Click to make online reservations.

    All reservations must be made by Wednesday, September 9th to qualify for the group rate. Please note that if you cancel less than 72 hour before arrival, your credit card will be charged for the first night’s room and bed tax.

    Additional hotel amenities:

    • Comfortable bedding with premium linens and multiple pillows
    • 2 large bottles of Voss water
    • 2 drink tickets to use in the Plaza food & beverage outlets
    • Coffee maker with coffee, cream, and sugar
    • Microwave
    • Plates, glasses, silverware, and other necessary kitchen items
    • Hair dryer
    • In-room directory
    • Mini refrigerator
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Ice bucket
    • In-room safe
    • Extra blankets and pillows
    In-room technology includes:
    • Wi-Fi Internet service
    • 42" flat screen TV with premium cable
    • Digital alarm clock with iPod docking station
    • Phones with voicemail
    • Individual climate control
    Resort amenities:
    • Traffic-free beach
    • Three onsite dining venues
    • Complimentary use of the Business Center
    • Full-service spa and hair salon offering facials, massages, nail care and more
    • Relaxing steam room and Jacuzzi tub
    • Convenience market offering unique gifts, apparel, snacks, and a variety of travel essentials
    • Secure onsite valet or self-parking
    • 24-hour security
    • 24-hour access to well-equipped fitness center
    • 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space
    • Convenient to popular Daytona Beach attractions
    Outdoor amenities:
    • Heated pool with generous seating
    • Cozy fire pits situated around resort courtyard
    • Beach chairs and plush towels
    • Outdoor games including a life size chess set, corn hole, and ping pong
    • Basketball court
    • Beach volleyball (during summer months)
    • Complimentary use of paddleboards, kayaks, boogie boards, and bicycles
    • Poolside dining and refreshments available at the Poolside Bar and Grill
    • Organized activities for all ages during high season - yoga and Zumba©, scavenger hunts, pool games, and pool-side movie nights
    Outdoor amenities:

    Located on the pool level, the fitness center features premium cardiovascular and strength training equipment for all your exercise goals. There's also a wall mounted TV if you need a distraction from your grueling workout. Use of the fitness center is complimentary to Plaza Resort guests 14 and older.

    Guests also have access to the gym 24/7, so you can work out on your own schedule. Schedule a post workout massage in the spa. Or just relax in the Jacuzzi or steam room.

  • Getting There

    Daytona Beach has its own airport (DAB), but is also located close to many larger airports such as Orlando (MCO; 1.5 hrs driving), Orlando Sanford (a hub of Allegiant Air ;SFB; 1hr driving), and Jacksonville (JAX; 1.5 hrs driving).

    Shuttle services may be available from the DAB and SFB airports. Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your arrival and departure information by September 25th to coordinate shuttle times.

    Directions to the hotel:

    From I-95 from points south

    Take the US-92 exit- exit 129- toward Deland / Daytona Beach. Merge onto US-92 E toward Daytona Beach / Airport. Cross the bridge to A1A, turn left on A1A and go north approximately 1.0 miles and Plaza Resort & Spa is on your right side.

    From the Daytona Airport

    When leaving the airport, follow the signs that direct you to International Speedway Blvd. Turn right on International Speedway Blvd. Go approximately 4 miles to Atlantic Avenue. Turn left on Atlantic Avenue and go approximately 1.0 miles. Plaza Resort & Spa is on your right.

    From Orlando

    Take Interstate 4 east toward Daytona Beach. Take the US-92 exit- exit 129- toward Deland / Daytona Beach. Merge onto US-92 E toward Daytona Beach / Airport. Cross the bridge to A1A, turn left on A1A and go north approximately 1.0 miles and Plaza Resort & Spa is on your right side.

    From Jacksonville and points north

    Go South on I-95. Take the US-1 exit- exit 273- toward Ormond Beach/ Bunnell. Take the ramp toward Ormond Bch. / Holly Hill / Daytona Beach. Turn left onto US-1 S / FL-5 S. Turn left onto W Granada Blvd / FL-40.Cross the bridge to A1A, turn right on A1A and go south approximately 4.2 miles. Plaza Resort & Spa is on your left side.

  • Sponsors

    Academic Sponsors

    • National MagLab logo
    • ACS logo
    • Shared EPR logo

    The following centers and departments at the University of Florida:

    Centers and departments at the University of Florida logo

    Corporate Sponsors

    • Siemens logo
    • Bruker logo
    • Doty Scientific logo
    • Philips logo
    • Avanti logo
    • Cambridge Isotope logo
    • Sigma-Aldrich logo
    • Daytona Beach logo
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