Prof. Itamar Ronen

15.12.21, 4 pm (EST)

Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance spectroscopy – the “inside” story


Diffusion properties of intracellular metabolites are tightly linked to the cytomorphology of their host cells and to the biochemical processes in which they participate. I’ll give some examples of how DW-MRS harnesses the compartmental and cell-type specificity of neuro-metabolites to provide a view of tissue microstructure that is complementary to that provided by DW-MRI. I’ll briefly survey some of the salient clinical applications of DW-MRS, and its potential to also provide functional and metabolic information. Finally – some notes on the DW-MRS Lorentz workshop that took place in Leiden a couple of weeks ago, mostly regarding making DW-MRS sequences, processing and modeling fully accessible to the MR community at large.

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Prof. Itamar Ronen

C.J. Gorter Center for High Field MRI Research, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Prof. Itamar Ronen obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the School of Chemistry in Tel Aviv University, where he worked with Prof. Gil Navon on developing a method for indirect NMR detection of 17O. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Seong-Gi Kim and Dr. Dae-Shik Kim, he obtained his first academic position at the Boston University School of Medicine, and there, together with Dr. Dae-Shik Kim, he co-founded the Center for Biomedical Imaging and a Master’s degree in Bioimaging. In 2009 Itamar moved to the Netherlands, where he joined the C. J. Gorter Center for MRI at the Leiden University Medical Center as PI and Associate Professor, focusing mostly on developing methods for diffusion of intracellular metabolites in humans at ultrahigh field, and recently on developing spectroscopic techniques suitable for low field MR (0.05T). Since October 2021 he holds the positions of Academic Director of the Clinical Imaging Science Centre and Chair in Medical Physics at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton, UK.



letzte Änderung: 26.11.2021