Metabolic MRI Workshop, Cambridge, UK

May 5-6, 2022

The NICI consortium invites you to a workshop on Metabolic MRI, held on 5-6 May 2022 at the beautiful location of the Cambridge Union.

The workshop is part of the European project NICI (Non-Invasive Chemistry Imaging in the human body) that started in 2018. In this project, 5 European academic (hospital) centers cooperate with large and smaller industry partners to unite metabolimics with MRI.

We look forward to interesting sessions with invited speakers, speakers from the NICI consortium and contributions of participants (please submit your abstract!).

Submit your abstract

The abstract deadline is April 1, 2022, 23:59 CET.

Register here

Costs for the workshop are £75 (includes lunch on Thursday and Friday and dinner on Thursday) The registration deadline is April 7, 2022, 23:59 CET.


12:30 Registration
14:00 – 15:45Session 1
14:00Dr. Mary McLeanMetabolic imaging of cancer in patients using hyperpolarization
14:25Prof. Dr. Dennis KlompMetabolic MRI
Proffered abstracts – Oral sessions
14:50Saba Shirvani7T MRF in phantoms
15:03Sarah JacobsHuman brain POCE MRS at 7T using a 13C birdcage coil and 8 transmit-receive 1H antennas with a 32-channel 1H receive array
15:16Gilbert HangelBringing 7T MRSI maps to neurosurgical navigation - towards precision sampling for MRSI verification
15:29Caitlin FowlerNeurochemical and cognitive changes precede structural abnormalities in the TgF344-AD rat model of Alzheimer’s disease
15:42BarthelMRI RF-Amplifiers Pitch
15:50Coffee Break
16:15 – 18:00 Session 2
16:15Dr. Marek ChmelikLiver spectroscopy and imaging
16:40Prof. Dr. Hanneke van LaarhovenUpdate on systemic therapy metastatic gastrointestinal cancer
Proffered abstracts – Oral sessions
17:05Lieke van den WildenbergIn vivo 31P MRSI of the whole human liver at 7 Tesla using a 31P whole-body transmit coil and 16-channel receive array - Effects of PCA-based denoising and choice of coil combination method on test-retest reliability
17:18Jose EnriquezEarly detection and progression monitoring of Pancreatic Cancer by Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance
17:31Leonard SeelenIn-vivo 31P MRSI in healthy and malignant human pancreas at 7 Tesla
17:44Antoine NaëgelAssessment of skeletal muscle energy metabolism by 31P MRS in COVID19 and Multiple Sclerosis patients: technical and clinical insights
17:57Jamie Near1H MR spectroscopy assessment of neurochemistry in human-derived cerebral organoids
18:10Tesla CoilRF coils
19:00 – 19:30Arriving at the dinner place
19:30 Dinner
8:30 Arrival / coffee
9:00 – 10:45Session 3
9:00Dr. Willemien MenkeImaging of cancer using novel PET tracers
9:25Prof. Dr. Michela TosettiTransient-state multiparametric mapping
Proffered abstracts – Oral sessions
9:50Ayhan GursanMonitoring glucose uptake and metabolism in human kidney with dynamic 3D DMI at 7 T
10:03Viktoria EhretDeuterium metabolic imaging as a new method for evaluating metabolic disorders in rodents on high fat diet
10:16Daniel CockingDeuterium brain imaging at 7T during D2O loading
10:29Minghao Zhang2H/1H 7T head coil for deuterium metabolic imaging
10:50Coffee Break
11:15 – 13:00Session 4
11:15Prof. Dr. ir. Tom ScheenenMetabolic MRI of prostate
11:40Prof. Dr. Chris RodgersImaging energy metabolism in vivo
Proffered abstracts – Oral sessions
12:05Sarah Jacobs7T metabolic MRI in focal epilepsy
12:18Peter TruongExTE-HERMES: an MR spectroscopy acquisition for detection of GABA and GSH in the human brain
12:31Guodong WengPrediction of IDH-mutation status at 7T: MEGA? Just SLOW!
12:44Bobby RunderkampWhole-liver flip angle shimming at 7T using eight-channel parallel transmission kt-points pulses with FPE-DREAM B1+ mapping
13:05 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00Session 5
14:00Dr. Tanja PlattBody applications for sodium imaging
14:25Dr. Maria Tunset GrindeDiscovery of biomarkers in patient-derived and tumor progression organoids using MR spectroscopy
Proffered abstracts – Oral sessions
14:40Thomas RoosUltra-thin dipole array for uniform B1+ in silent dual-axis insert head gradient
14:53Ria FornerHardware developments
15:06Anna ChenOne-year serial cross-sectional analysis of 1H MR spectroscopic imaging in mild traumatic brain injury
15:19Jabrane Karkouri1H/31P 7T array coil for the human heart and liver
15:40Closing session

Corona measures

For the event we will follow the applicable rules in the UK (Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (
Please check the applicable rules of your country for traveling abroad.


The Cambridge Union

For travel instructions, see the website of the location (The Cambridge Union | Defending Free Debate since 1815 (

The location is a 5-minute taxi-ride, or a half-hour stroll, from Cambridge Train Station. Cambridge is serviced by regular trains from London (King’s Cross and Liverpool Street), Stansted and Birmingham.


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