Odeblad recalls his first home-built spectrometer for medical studies from the
mid 1950s at the Award Ceremony in Umeå, Sweden, on 25 May 2012.
Selection Committee has decided to confer
Magnetic Resonance Award 2012
Erik Odeblad (Umeå, Sweden)
his magnetic resonance studies of biological tissues.
Odeblad was the pioneer scientist who showed that the NMR signal of tissues was
influenced by its chemical and biological surroundings, influencing the relaxation
times of tissues. In 1955, he described together with Gunnar Lindström
that distinct human tissues have different NMR relaxation times. This discovery
laid the foundation of NMR in medicine and MR imaging. He
submitted his results to Acta Radiologica in December 1954; the paper was published
in 1955 (Odeblad E, Lindström G: Some preliminary observations on the proton
magnetic resonance in biological samples. Acta Radiol 1955; 43: 469-476). In the
following years he built his own NMR spectrometers and continued his work on biological
samples. In 1966 he became Head of the Department of Medical Physics at the University
of Umeå. He published some sixty scientific papers on magnetic resonance
in human tissues.
Award was presented at a special
ceremony in Umeå, Sweden, on 25 May 2012.
ADOPTS NEW ORGANIZATION
will assume a new setup in 2012/2013. As a chapter of TRTF, the Forum will reorganize
its activities and extend its teaching program to the internet. Its European
Magnetic Resonance Award will merge into the Pro Academia Prize.
were announced by TRTF (The Round Table Foundation) recently.
changes will be put in place in 2013 and 2014.
STANDARD MR TEXTBOOK NOW ON THE WEB
has started a new website based on its popular textbook An Introduction to
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: www.magnetic-resonance.org.The
web-version has been rewritten in such a way that newcomers to the field will
be provided with the concepts, explanations, and illustrations necessary to master
the basics of magnetic resonance in medicine applicable to all kinds of
clinical equipment. It will be the major MR electronic teaching domain on the
internet and includes a chapter on the history of MR imaging.
Access to the website
is open and free of charge. It was completed in late spring 2012
the 30th anniversary of the first version of the manual. Translations
will follow suit: Spanish and German version are planned for 2013.