Newsletter #3

Newsletter #3

May 2020
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Message from the Chair

The first Grant Period of our COST Action Glioma MR Imaging 2.0 has drawn to a close. We can look back at a great start. Despite the Corona pandemic, which did indeed led to a very different end to our first Grant Period than was intended, many goals were achieved. Additionally, the website, newsletter, and social media accounts were launched – online tools that are more important than ever in creating and fostering our international community.

Planning of the coming grant period, which runs from May 2020 to April 2021, in the current situation is all but easy. However, we are working on ensuring that, also in these trying times, GliMR will succeed in bringing glioma researchers across Europe together.

In the meantime, we hope that all of you keep on participating in GliMR. Keep on working on those review papers, keep engaging with us via social media   , and if you have any suggestions of (online) events to be organised do not hesitate to get in touch with your working group / WG5 / the leadership to see what can be arranged.

Keep safe and carry on with glioma research! 

Best wishes,
Esther Warnert

End of Grant Period 1…

GliMR just concluded a very successful first Grant Period. We would like to thank all of our members who actively contributed to this period.

… and the start of Grant Period 2!

Grab your agenda for these GliMR-dates!

  • In collaboration with the organising committee of the annual meeting of the ESMRMB, we are planning our GliMR session during this virtual conference.
    • Meeting: Sept 30, 2020 – Oct 2, 2020
    • Abstract submission deadline: June 19, 2020 (23:59 CEST)
  • We are still organising our own Action meeting, currently planned for 4-6 February 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal, while keeping a close eye on the developments of the COVID-19 crisis. 

GliMR reviews update

In our last newsflash, WG1 and WG3 called out to members interested in contributing to the writing of three reviews. More than 40 researchers reached out! Read more about this project here.



Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

Despite the current COVID-19 crisis, some of our STSM – Awardees were able to start their STSM. Here is what Ruben Nechifor, Golestan Karami, Fatemehsadat Arzanforoosh, and Burcu Alparslan had to say about their experience:

“I encourage any young researcher to consider STSM, because of the powerful results which could be obtained, and because STSM will also open further area of research and collaborations with various experts.” 
Dr Ruben Nechifor, STSM in Oxford, UK

“The STSM gave me a great opportunity to have scientific interaction and improve my knowledge in deep learning to obtain a new classification method for Glioma patients.” 
Ms Golestan Karami, STSM in Leiden, NL

“The STSM provided me a valuable learning opportunity, both on physiological analysis methods and coding knowledge within Quantiphyse to make widely applicable toolset for glioma.” 
Ms Fatemehsadat Arzanforoosh, STSM in Oxford, UK


“Thank you COST, for giving me the opportunity to meet extraordinary people in King’s College London, persevering with brain tumor research during these unprecedented times!” 
Dr Burcu Alparslan, STSM in London, UK


Deep Learning for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Gliomas

Do you want to learn more about deep learning for MRI of gliomas? Prof. John Healy, Prof. Kathleen Curran, and Prof. Amira Šerifović-Trbalić have recently written the book chapter Deep Learning for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Gliomas”, in Deep Learning for Cancer Diagnosis, U. Kose, and J. Alzubi, eds, in press, Springer (2020). 

Atlas of Clinical Cases on Brain Tumor Imaging

Are you interested in a clinical book with brain tumor imaging samples and illustrative explanations? Check this newly release Atlas of Clinical Cases on Brain Tumor Imaging, edited by Prof. Yelda Özsunar and Prof. Utku Şenol.


Researcher of the Month

Congratulations to our Researcher of the Month #2Dr Paula Croal.
Don’t forget to nominate one of our colleagues for researcher of the month #3!
Paula Croal is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the University of Nottingham

With a background in neuroscience and physics, Paula’s research has focused on developing advanced methods for quantitative physiological imaging in disease, notably brain tumours and stroke, and bringing accessible software tools to the research community.  She leads the development of the visualization and analysis tool Quantiphyse for clinical applications, including tumour imaging.

Recently recognised by The University of Nottingham’s Anne McLaren Fellowship as an ‘outstanding woman in STEM’, Paula will spend the next 3 years leading her own research program in Physiological MRI in brain tumours.  


GliMR Puzzle

Take a photo of your puzzle and tag us (@COST18206) – we will share the most original ones!

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