The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers and clinicians interested in imaging cerebral physiology using MRI in combination with respiratory challenges. Such methods use a respiratory manipulation, such as the administration of elevated carbon dioxide, to modify the MR contrast. These techniques show a great deal of promise for measuring aspects of cerebral physiology that have previously been difficult to acquire, such as the resting oxygen extraction fraction or vessel size. 

This symposium will build upon the very successful meeting that Dr Claudine Gauthier organised to coincide with the 2013 meeting of the ISMRM held in Salt Lake City. This meeting attracted the majority of the world’s leading researchers in this field. What made this meeting such a success was the open and free debate that followed the more traditionally formatted talks. We aim to recreate this at a 2 day workshop to be held at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig on the 4th and 5th December 2014. 

The meeting will consist of invited talks from leading international researchers and presentations of the latest work in the field through proffered papers. We plan to allow ample time for discussion and debate of hot topics and contentious issues. In particular we aim to discuss techniques for respiratory manipulation, confounding effects of such manipulations, imaging oxygen metabolism and vessel size imaging, but abstract submissions should not be limited by these broad topic areas. 

We are excited to invite you to join us in Leipzig on the 4th and 5th December 2014 and hope to see you there. 

Dr Claudine Gauthier & Dr Nicholas Blockley 

Abstract book (pdf)

Organizing committee

Dr Claudine Gauthier, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences 

Dr Nicholas Blockley, FMRIB, University of Oxford