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25th ISMAR Conference July 4-8, 2027, Lyon (held jointly with EUROMAR)

July 13th, 2024 by
A common meeting of the ISMAR Council and EUROMAR Board of Trustees (BOT) was held on July 2 during the EUROMAR meeting in Bilbao to decide on the location of the joint ISMAR/EUROMAR conference in 2027. We were happy that four excellent proposals had been submitted by hosts from all over Europe, among which we could select, i.e.

•    Dublin, Ireland, by Chandralal Hewage
•    Katowice, Poland, by Wiktor Koźmiński
•    Lyon, France, by Guido Pintacuda and Malene Jensen
•    Prague, Czech Republic, by Lukáš Trantírek

We thank these local organizers very much for the tremendous effort that they had put into the proposals. Unfortunately, we could not select all, but had to decided on one. After a very constructive discussion, Lyon was selected by both boards with a large majority. Thus the 25th ISMAR Conference will be held jointly with EUROMAR in Lyon on July 4-8, 2027. We wish Guido and Malene all the best for the upcoming work and the success of the conference.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Joint ISMAR-ENC Conference, April 6-10, 2025, Asilomar, California

July 13th, 2024 by
We look forward to welcome you at the wonderful Asilomar site for the next ISMAR conference organized jointly with the ENC, on April 6-10, 2025. At the moment the program committee chaired by Sharon Ashbrook (University of St. Andrews) and Michael Sattler (Technical University of Munich) is working very hard to set up an exciting program. The website is now active under https://www.enc-conference.org/ENC-ISMAR-2025/

Important Dates and Deadlines are

  • MID-SEPTEMBER: Abstract Submission, Conference Registration, Asilomar Lodging Reservations will OPEN
  • JANUARY 10: Deadline for Oral Consideration Abstracts and Early Decision Poster Abstracts
  • FEBRUARY 28: Final Deadline for All Abstracts (Posters / Late-Breaking)
  • MARCH 14: Early Bird (Advance) Conference Registration Deadline (fees increase after March 14)

Amendment of ISMAR Constitution

July 13th, 2024 by

ISMAR strives to increase the equal and unbiased representation of magnetic resonance researchers worldwide in all its activities. To underpin this endeavor, the ISMAR Executive and Fellows Committees  proposed earlier this year to add the following statement to Article II of the ISMAR Constitution:

ISMAR is dedicated to representing, acknowledging and supporting magnetic resonance researchers worldwide without bias related to geography, cultural differences, race, gender, societal groups, or economic factors.

This amendment and some further minor administrative adjustments to the Constitution have now been approved by the active ISMAR members in a ballot that ended on June 28 and was overseen by the ISMAR Elections Committee. An overwhelming majority of >96% of the completed ballots had responses of "yes" for all four proposed changes. The amended constitution is now on-line at https://ismar.org/ismar-constitution/

Vladimír Sklenář, 1951 – 2024

April 19th, 2024 by

The Magnetic Resonance community mourns the passing of Prof. Vladimír Sklenář on April 13, 2024 at the age of 72.

Vladi was a pioneer of solution NMR methods for nucleic acids, water suppression and many other applications. In his home country Czechia, he built up the large Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) at the Masaryk University Brno with world-class research infrastructures for structural biology, in particular NMR spectroscopy and electron microscopy.

An appreciation of Vladi’s life and an Electronic Book of Condolence can be found at the CEITEC website.

Vladi was a friend to many of us, always outgoing, caring, careful, full of insight, ideas and humor. We miss him deeply.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

ISMAR announces new Fellows for 2023

December 29th, 2023 by

Andrew Byrd (National Cancer Institute, Frederick, USA), Julie Forman-Kay (Hospital for Sick Children, U. Toronto, Canada), Alexej Jerschow (Department of Chemistry, New York University, USA), Bernd Reif (Department of Chemistry, Technical University Munich, Germany)  have been elected as Fellows of ISMAR in December 2023.  Congratulations to these four outstanding scientists, all of whom have made novel and impactful contributions to magnetic resonance.

Fellows are elected on the basis of their contributions to the field of magnetic resonance, both through the impact of their research on the magnetic resonance community itself and through their efforts to advance the appreciation of magnetic resonance in the broader scientific community. Fellowship in ISMAR carries with it an associated responsibility to serve as an advocate for the field of magnetic resonance.

Each year, ISMAR solicits nominations for new Fellows from all regular members of ISMAR. Nominations are first evaluated by the ISMAR Fellows Committee.  A list of candidates is then sent to current Fellows for voting, based on both scientific achievements and contributions to the magnetic resonance community.  No more than four new Fellows are elected each year.

The next call for nominations will be issued towards the end of 2024.

Call for proposals for joint ISMAR-EUROMAR conference 2027 in Europe

November 29th, 2023 by

As you may know, EUROMAR as a subdivision of the Groupement Ampere, organizes annual Magnetic Resonance meetings in Europe.

The ISMAR Council and the EUROMAR Board of Trustees (BoT) have agreed to hold a joint Magnetic Resonance conference in Europe in the summer of 2027 (July or beginning of August). This joint conference will be a major international event, expecting to attract up to 1000 participants from all continents, featuring plenary, invited and contributed presentations on all subfields of Magnetic Resonance.

We are currently soliciting proposals from European Magnetic Resonance scientists who are interested in hosting this joint EUROMAR-ISMAR conference in their own country or region in 2027. If you are willing to carry out this important and rewarding task for the Magnetic Resonance community, please contact the EUROMAR BoT (anne.lesage@ens-lyon.fr, sabine.hediger@cea.fr) and ISMAR (stephan.grzesiek@unibas.ch, alexej.jerschow@nyu.edu) for an initial discussion.

Full proposals shall be submitted by May 31, 2024 to the above-mentioned contacts and include the following details: local organizing committee, location, overall budget, social program, means of access, sponsorship, etc. The proposals shall then be presented and assessed by representatives from EUROMAR and ISMAR during the EUROMAR conference in Bilbao on June 30–July 2024.

We are looking forward to receive your applications!

With best regards

Stephan Grzesiek (ISMAR President)

Anne Lesage (Chair of the EUROMAR BoT)

 

Tony Keller, 1937 – 2023

November 1st, 2023 by

The Magnetic Resonance community mourns the passing of Dr. h.c. Tony W. Keller on October 27, 2023, at the age of 86.

Tony Keller was an industrial pioneer at Bruker where he held key leadership positions for more than 50 years before retiring in 2010. He was a true innovator and introduced over many decades cutting-edge NMR technology comprising the first multinuclear Fourier-transform NMR spectrometers, superconducting NMR magnets, cryogenically cooled probes, and ultimately within the last decade also the 1.2 GHz ultra-high field NMR systems. An account of some of these pioneering developments was given by him in a 2019 JMR article.

Many of us knew Tony Keller as a sincere partner at Bruker who was devoted to technological advance and high quality of instrumentation.

Among many distinctions,  Dr. Keller received multiple honorary doctoral degrees, was a honorary professor at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, and awarded the Otto Stern Prize by the German Chemical Society (GDCh). He was a honorary member of the GDCh Division of Magnetic Resonance and Fellow of ISMAR.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The following tribute was written by Dr. Frank Laukien, President & CEO, Bruker Corporations


Dear ISMAR Colleagues,

We are saddened that our former colleague and friend, Dr. h.c. Tony W. Keller, an acclaimed pioneer in the field of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), has passed away on October 27, 2023, at the age of 86.
Bruker intends to honor the memory of Dr. Keller at our NMR Users Meetings in November, and at several NMR conferences next year. We also envision a future NMR symposium to honor Tony scientifically for his enormous contributions to the field, and as a 'Celebration of the Life of Tony Keller'.

Tony enabled many innovations in the development of modern NMR technology and spectrometers. All of Tony’s colleagues at Bruker owe him enormously for his very significant leadership role in building up Bruker NMR, and developing it over decades into the leading technology innovator and committed market leader.

Tony was one of our greatest, most energetic leaders, and also a very admirable, dedicated and humble person. Tony was truly a NMR pioneer, a great man, and a dear mentor and friend to me and many others. We will fondly remember Tony for his numerous enabling contributions to NMR technology, his unwavering commitment to innovation, as well as his focus on our key collaborators and good customers. Tony was a brilliant NMR engineer and scientist, as well as an energetic and visionary entrepreneur, highly respected team leader and an inspiring, very successful senior business executive with highest integrity.

Early on in his career, Tony recognized the enormous potential of NMR to elucidate 3D molecular structures. His initial rf engineering work with early NMR scientists at ETH Zuerich fueled his passion for the magnetic resonance field. Throughout several decades, Tony was instrumental in establishing Bruker as the leading technological innovator in the NMR field. Tony held key leadership positions in Bruker for more than 50 years before retiring in 2010. He continued as an experienced, motivating Senior Advisor to Bruker until recently.

Tony is credited with the pivotal development of the world’s first multinuclear Fourier-transform NMR spectrometer, and he personally was first to record 13C-observe 1H-broadband decoupled spectra in Fourier-transform mode, a breakthrough that enabled modern NMR applications in chemistry.

His collaborative and innovation-driven approach contributed to the development of other groundbreaking and enabling NMR technologies, such as superconducting NMR magnets, digital spectrometers, cryogenically cooled probes, and ultimately even 1.2 GHz ultra-high field NMR systems.

These key innovations today are foundational for NMR in structural biology research, in metabolomics and applied markets, in pharmaceutical research, as well as in advanced materials and renewable energy research.

Not only was Tony an innovator in enabling technologies for the NMR community, but he was also deeply connected to the NMR scientific community worldwide, who had a trusted partner in Tony to integrate their scientific ideas into the Bruker technology developments and its next generation of innovative products.

For his enabling contributions to NMR, Dr. Keller received multiple honorary doctoral degrees, from the University of Florence, the Technical University of Berlin, and the University of Queensland, and was appointed honorary professor at the East China Normal University in Shanghai. Moreover, he was awarded the Otto Stern Prize by the GDCh, was an honorary member of the GDCh Division of Magnetic Resonance, and a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance.

Tony’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers in the field of NMR technology and applications.

Frank H. Laukien, PhD
President & CEO, Bruker Corporation
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Chemistry & Chemical Biology

ISMAR statement on the situation in Israel

October 14th, 2023 by

The ISMAR Executive Committee unequivocally condemns the recent attacks by Hamas within Israel.  These were acts of pure barbaric terrorism, killing and destroying the lives of many innocent people of all ages.  We extend our most sincere expression of concern and sympathy to all ISMAR members and all others who were affected by these attacks, either directly or indirectly.

We encourage all ISMAR members to express their concerns and opinions through messages to their national leaders, donations, active participation in humanitarian organizations, and other activities.  We sincerely hope solutions will be found in the very near future that allow all people in the Middle East to live in peace and security, so that they may contribute to the future progress of science and civilization.

The ISMAR Executive Committee

Stephan Grzesiek (President), Tatyana Polenova (Vice President), Rob Tycko (Past President), Alexej Jerschow (Secretary General), Rachel Martin (Treasurer)

Jean Jeener, 1931 – 2023

July 24th, 2023 by

Jean Jeener at the 1998 International Symposium at the Université Libre de Bruxelles organized for the occasion of his retirement

The Magnetic Resonance community mourns the passing of Prof. Jean Louis Charles Jeener on June 10, 2023 at the age of 91 after a short illness.

Jean introduced two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy and proposed the COSY technique in a lecture at the AMPERE Summer School in Basko Polje, Yugoslavia, September 1971, which was then experimentally demonstrated by Richard R. Ernst. Later, Jean also introduced the NOESY experiment.

His research interest in NMR started with spin thermodynamics and dynamics in solids (“Jeener-Broekaert sequence” for observing dipolar order in solids), progressively extending towards two-dimensional spectroscopy in liquids, superoperators, peak shapes in the presence of molecular rearrangements, the formulation of pulse spectroscopy with full quantization of the field, radiation damping and dipolar field effects in liquids.

Jean was professor of Physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles from 1960 until he retired in 1996.

Among many distinctions, Jean received the ISMAR Prize in 2001, the Prix Quinquennal of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Ampère Prize, the Russell Varian Prize, the Otto Stern Prize, and was an ISMAR fellow.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The following tribute was written by Guy Lippens, Paul Broekaert, and Alain Vlassenbroek


Jean Jeener was born in 1931. He obtained Chemistry and Physics degrees from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 1953 and 1954. He earned a PhD with Prof I. Prigogine, later Chemistry Nobel Prize winner for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, which was followed by a postdoctoral stay with Prof. N. Bloembergen, one of the founders of NMR and later Physics Nobel Prize winner for laser spectroscopy. This academic background explains his initial project upon his return as a professor at the ULB in 1960 to study spin thermodynamics. Transforming the Zeeman order into spin-spin order through a two-pulse sequence (the Jeener-Broekaert echo) was a major contribution from the Brussels group but already carried the idea of increasing the number of pulses to probe new physics. When Jean came up with the idea of a double Fourier Transform and thereby introduced the principle of 2D NMR, experimental difficulties with the home-built apparatus prevented them from realizing the experiment, but not of distributing the idea in the community. It was taken up in the Basko Polje Summer School by Dr. Thomas Baumann, then a graduate student student of Prof. Richard Ernst, who immediately realized its importance and actually managed to implement the idea. A reprint of the historical 1971 lecture notes is available here (Jeener and Alewaeters, Prog.  NMR Spec. 94–95, 75–80, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2016.03.002, 2016). Richard Ernst's note to Jean and Dr. Paul Broekaert upon receiving the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1991 is unambiguous about the intellectual contribution of the Brussels group.

Note to Jean Jeener by Richard Ernst when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

What follows are some very personal recollections by one of us (GL). After a physics undergraduate from Ghent University and Cornell University, I was formally a PhD student in Ghent, but actually doing research in the Biochemistry department at ULB, using solution NMR spectroscopy to obtain the conformation of the oxytocin hormone. People had pointed out to me that Prof. Jeener was an authority in NMR, so I went to see him quite naively with an NMR-related question. When I told him my background, he immediately became enthusiastic, and questioned me about my knowledge of raising and lowering operators to describe the electromagnetic field. “We treat the spin as a quantum object, so doesn’t it surprise you that we treat the pulse as a classical object?” was his question. Three hours of blackboard development later, I left his office without an answer to my (trivial!) question but convinced that I could learn a lot from this professor. As a side note, it took ten more years before he published together with Prof. F. Henin (his wife) the presentation of pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance with full quantization of the radio frequency magnetic field. And when taking him out for dinner together with Erwin Hahn and his wife at the 2004 EUROMAR meeting in Lille, they started scribbling on all napkins to extend the quantum description to the actual coil as well …

As I performed a lot of molecular dynamics simulations during my PhD and wanted to simulate NMR variables such as proton T1 and T2 relaxation times, I took great profit from Jean's earlier work on gypsum demonstrating that one could treat a system of water molecules as an assembly of independent protons, neglecting spin correlations of the two proton spins on the same water molecule. Without any official appointment as a PhD advisor, he took all the time to go with me through these complex spin operator equations and encouraged me to (re)do the full Redfield relaxation theory in the super-operator formalism.

Upon moving to the Pasteur Institute of Lille after my PhD and getting access to a newly installed 600 MHz instrument with a cryogenic probe, our interactions actually became more frequent. We became his experimental laboratory to probe collective effects in NMR ranging from radiation damping to long-range dipolar field effects. In one of these projects, we needed a tiny capillary in a rotor. Jean asked for a Bunsen burner and drew a pipette to the 0.3 mm diameter that they had calculated would reduce the amount of radiation damping. Observing the capillary under a microscope, its diameter proved to be 0.31mm, underscoring that he was first of all a gifted experimentalist. When at the 1994 EENC in Oulu, a heated debate broke out between two eminent members of the NMR community about the quantum or classical description of these collective dipolar field effects, Jean Jeener was there to calm down the debate. This made me fully realize for the first time his authoritative position in the NMR field. He would later publish a paper on the equivalency of both viewpoints.

The last years of his life, Jean Jeener remained interested in NMR but also in the progress of astrophysics and science in general. The interpretation of quantum mechanics was a point where he was intransigent (for an example published only in March 2023, see Jeener, J. L.: More on the demons of thermodynamics, Physics Today, 76, 12–13, https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.5187, 2023), and he found a similar mindset in Prof. David Mermin. Finally, a couple of weeks before his passing away, he was awarded the Otto Stern Prize, for his lifetime career.

Award of the Otto Stern Prize of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker to Prof. Jean Jeener on April 15, 2023 by Prof. Jörg Matysik (left) and Prof. Christian Griesinger (right)

With the passing of Jean Jeener, another of the initial heroes of NMR disappears. His legacy, together with that of the other towering figures, will however remain for the generations to come.

Anyone who knew Jean Jeener will know that this great scientist possessed a natural wisdom in many areas, while remaining modest and humble and demonstrating great humanity. Jean will be greatly missed as a caring and inspiring mentor, a dedicated teacher, a friend, and a wonderful person who had the ability to touch people's lives ...

James S. Hyde, 1932 – 2022

May 7th, 2023 by

ISMAR mourns the passing of James S. Hyde, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), who passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years, on August 13, 2022. Jim was a giant in multiple fields and an ISMAR Fellow. His brilliant ideas and research shaped the fields of EPR and MRI and were instrumental to the formation of the National Biomedical EPR Center and the Biophysics Research Institute, which then became the Department of Biophysics at MCW. He will be missed by the Magnetic Resonance community. Read more about Dr. Hyde’s life in his MCW obituary or on Wikipedia.