Newsletter #16

Newsletter #16

November 2023
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This is the newest newsletter of COST Action Glioma MR Imaging 2.0.

We would like to share some good news: GliMR has been extended for an additional 6-month period!  Read more about our plans for the final months here.

In this newsletter, you can also know more about our upcoming training school as well as our past events.

We also welcome our newest Working Group 2 co-leader who is also our Researcher of the Month!

If you have any updates that you would like to share with GliMR, please email WG5.


GliMR Training School
Advanced MRI for glioma imaging diagnostics

After four years of gathering information on the use of advanced MRI for glioma diagnostics, we are ready to teach you all of its secrets. Therefore, we organise a GliMR training school from 22-25 January 2024 in Padova (Italy). 

Currently, the training school is fully booked. If you are interested to join, please register for the waiting list.

Find the programme at a glance here!



4th GliMR Annual Meeting 2023

In May, we held our 4th GliMR Annual Meeting ‘Past, Present, and Future’ meeting in Porto.

MR in glioma, AI, patient involvement, GliMR projects, funding tips, speed dating, and of course our amazing treasure hunt! Relive our meeting with photos of our sessions, awardees and treasure hunt, or rewatch some of our great sessions on our Youtube channel!


GliMR would like to thank all members that joined this meeting!

Meet the GliMR nominees

During the Porto meeting, our members got the opportunity to present their finished, ungoing and planned work. Based on the submitted abstracts, three young researchers were nominated to win the GliMR award

Get to know our three nominees and find out who went home with the award!

Philipp Lazen

Tumor Localization in Glioma Patients by 7T MRSI and 3T MRF

During my academic journey, I’ve cultivated a strong passion for MR imaging and spectroscopy. My current research focuses on advancing MR spectroscopic imaging in the brain and involves studies with both healthy volunteers and patients with various neuropathologies, including gliomas.

Watch his presentation 

Anne Andresen

Automatic delineation of organ at risk in brain cancer patients with transformers

Anne is a biomedical engineer and PhD student at the Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research focuses on deep learning approaches for glioma imaging data.

WINNER – Barbara Casonne

Intrinsic functional connectivity fingerprinting reveals more heterogeneous network organization in high- than in low-grade glioma patients

I am a PhD student at University of Milano-Bicocca, and I recently finished a research fellowship at Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, in collaboration with the Neurosurgery Unit of Santa Chiara’s hospital. Throughout my research activity and my STSM at MIP lab in Geneva, I analyzed glioma patients’ resting-state fMRI data to extract single-patient fingerprints of functional connectivity (re)organization before tumor resection. Additionally, I explored the association with clinically-relevant biomarkers of cognitive performance. 

Watch her presentation 


On Friday 13 October 2023, GliMR hosted its second webinar within the series ‘Bridging GliMR’s technical and clinical aspects’. This webinar was attended by over 30 participants.

During this webinar, Thomas Booth and Otto Hendriksen focused on the unmet needs of post-treatment glioma monitoring.


GliMR participated in this year’s ESMRMB annual meeting, in Basel, Switzerland, with the session “Glimr Collaborative Session“. This 90 minutes session included presentations by GliMR members Esther Warnert, Patricia Clement, Vera Keil, Joana Pinto, Fatemehsadat Arzanforoosh and Esin Ozturk Isik. Additionally, a GliMR-lunch was organized, providing the opportunity to network.

Relive ESMRMB here.




We have a new Working Group (WG) 2 Vice-Leader: Stephan Heunis.

Stephan will work together with Camille Maumet in WG2, coordinating multi-site data integration and creation of large datasets in glioma diagnostics.

We would like to thank Dr. Cyril Pernet for all of his work during these past years.


NEW – GliMR powerpoint template

Our Visuals Team has been working hard. They created an official GliMR powerpoint template. Please use this template when presenting GliMR-related work!



Short term scientific mission

Interested in a research stay with one of our GliMR members? You can now apply for a Short Term Scientific Mission grant to support your travels and stay. 

The STSM call for GP5 will open soon!



Congratulations to our Researcher of the Month: Stephan Heunis. Stephan is replacing Cyril Pernet as the Vice-Leader of WG2.


Stephan has a background in Biomedical Engineering and Robotics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He worked as a commercial and software engineer for four years in two industries (Industrial Automation and Enterprise Mobility) before moving to the Netherlands with the goal of conducting research in neuroscience. His doctoral research at the Eindhoven University of Technology focused on developing new acquisition and signal processing methods for functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that allow improved tracking and visualization of brain activity in real-time.

Stephan is passionate about brains, accessible education, and making scientific practice more transparent and inclusive. Throughout his doctoral research, he has been active in the Dutch network of Open Science Communities, the OHBM Open Science Special Interest Group, and he founded OpenMR Benelux, a community working on wider adoption of open science practices in MRI research through talks, discussions, workshops and hackathons.

Currently, Stephan continues this passion as a Research Data and Software Engineer at INM-7 in the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, where he works as part of the Psychoinformatics lab  on software solutions for decentralized research data management. He also holds a post-doctoral position in the SYNC developmental neuroscience lab at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

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