ABOUT MRBalkan.org

Following three successful seminars in Macedonia (2008 and 2011), and in Turkey (2014), MRBalkan.org continues its mission in Slovenia (14 - 16 September, 2017), where world-renowned scientists will deliver presentations to a general audience of radiologists, engineers and physicists. The seminar aims to disseminate and promote MRI locally through educational and research sessions, and to create networking opportunities with the invited speakers. During the seminar, the participants will be exposed to:

  • MR pulse sequences used in research and clinical settings,

  • Recent developments in multi-modal MRI,

  • Fundamentals and cutting-edge applications of connectomics

This seminar is supported by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and aims to promote MRI by bringing Southeast Europe radiologists and researchers together and acquainting them with the state-of-the-art in multi-modal MRI. The seminar targets a well-balanced combination of engineering and clinical sessions, and will cover fundamentals of MRI as well as cutting-edge research developments in the field. The invited speakers will give approximately 20 presentations about various aspects of MRI. Researchers from the region will also have the opportunity to present their work.

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Invited Speakers

View the full list of speakers here

Andrew Dwork MD, PhD

Columbia University

Christian Beaulieu PhD

University of Alberta

Bogdan Draganski MD, PhD

Université de Lausanne

Els Fieremans PhD

NYU School of Medicine

Flavio Dell'acqua PhD

King's College London

Grega Repovš PhD

Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Mara Cercignani PhD

University of Sussex

Nikola Stikov PhD

Polytechnique Montreal

Nikolaus Weiskopf PhD

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

Rok Berlot MD, PhD

Ljubljana Medical University Center

Sanja Budisavljevic PhD

University of Padua

Stéphane Lehéricy MD, PhD

Neuroradiology Department, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière Paris 6

Call for abstracts

We invite all participants to present their MR related research. The submissions should be not exceed 250 words, and should be uploaded at the link below before August 20.


Don't wait until the last minute, and submit your abstract today!
The Scientific Committee will review the submissions and authors will be notified by August 30. All accepted abstracts will be showcased at a poster session that will run for the duration of the seminar. The authors of the best abstracts will also be asked to give a brief oral presentation.

Organizing Committee

The members of the Organizing Committee are listed below. If you have any questions, please drop us an email at contact@mrbalkan.org.

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Nikola Stikov

Ècole Polytechnique de Montreal (Poly)
Neuroimaging Research Laboratory (NeuroPoly)
Montreal Heart Institute (MHI)

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Sanja Budisavljević

Cognitive Neuroscience Centre (CNC )
NeMo Laboratory, University of Padova (NeMo)


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Blaz Koritnik

Ljubljana University Medical Centre - Institute of Clinical Neurophysiology



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Borjan Gagoski

Boston Children’s Hospital (Boston Children’s Hospital)

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Polona Klavžar

University of Ljubljana,Faculty of Medicine

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Rok Berlot

Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana

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Andrej Vovk

Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana

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Andrej Sirnik

Institute of Radiology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana

Scientific Committee

The members of the Scientific Committee are listed below.

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Dušan Šuput

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine

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Grega Repovš

University of Ljubljana (psy)
Mind & Brain Lab (mblab)

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Katarina Šurlan Popović

Institute of Radiology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana




View/download the program as pdf file here

14 Sep 2017
09:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 12:00
Session 1: Diffusion Basics

Speakers: Christian Beaulieu, Els Fieremans, Flavio Dell’Acqua

10:00 - 10:40 Christian Beaulieu: Introduction to MR Physics for Diffusion Imaging
10:40 - 11:20 Flavio Dell’Acqua: Introduction to diffusion tractography
11:20 - 12:00 Els Fieremans: From diffusion tensor imaging to microstructure quantification
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 – 16:00
Session 2: Basics of Myelin Imaging

Speakers: Andrew Dwork, Nikola Stikov, Mara Cercignani, Nikolaus Weiskopf

13:30 - 14:00 Andrew Dwork: Neuropathology of Myelin
14:00 - 14:30 Nikola Stikov: From myelin modeling to g-ratio magnetic resonance imaging
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 15:30 Mara Cercignani: White Matter Imaging techniques: overlap and complementarity
15:30 - 16:00 Nikolaus Weiskopf: Mapping of cortical myeloarchitecture using magnetic resonance imaging
15 September 2017
09:30 – 11:45
Session 3: Advanced Imaging

Speakers: Christian Beaulieu, Flavio Dell’Acqua, Els Fieremans, Grega Repovš

09:30 - 10:00 Christian Beaulieu: Pushing the spatial resolution of diffusion MRI of the human brain
10:00 - 10:30 Flavio Dell’Acqua: The future of tractography
10:30 - 11:00 Els Fieremans: MR-PET: technical challenges and clinical applications
11:00 - 11:30 Grega Repovš: Multilevel integration and pesky details that lead to new insights
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 – 16:30
Session 4: Applications

Speakers: Sanja Budisavljevic, Bogdan Draganski, Maria Morozova, Stéphane Lehéricy, Alja Vičič, Andrew Dwork, Gorazd Jakoš

13:30 - 14:00 Sanja Budisavljevic: Handedness and White Matter Networks
14:00 - 14:30 Bogdan Draganski: Brain tissue properties across the lifespan
14:30 - 14:45 Maria Morozova: Age-related effects in diffusion tensor imaging parameters at different b-values
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 15:30 Stéphane Lehéricy: Multimodal MRI in Parkinson’s disease
15:30 - 15:45 Alja Vičič: MRI in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - the role of susceptibility weighted imaging
15:45 - 16:15 Andrew Dwork: White Matter in Schizophrenia
16:15 - 16:30 Gorazd Jakoš: Neuroticism personality trait and local gray matter thickness: a quantitative MR study
16 September 2017
09:30 – 13:00
Session 6: Connectomics

Speakers: Nikolaus Weiskopf, Nikola Stikov, Mara Cercignani, Stéphane Lehéricy, Rok Berlot

09:30 - 10:00 Nikolaus Weiskopf: Intra-Cortical Connectomics and U-Fibers: Accessible to MRI?
10:00 - 10:30 Nikola Stikov: Microstructural imaging: the missing link in connectomics
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Mara Cercignani: g-Ratio weighted connectome: characterization in the healthy population
11:30 - 12:00 Stéphane Lehéricy: Network dysfunction in movement disorders
12:00 - 12:30 Rok Berlot: White matter microstructure and network topology in early cognitive decline

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