Effective usage of encoding field measurements – applications and integrations.

5th Skope User Meeting: 22nd and 23rd of September 2022 - Zurich, Switzerland

Thank you

More than 30 participants from different countries and disciplines gathered to learn, share, connect and inspire colleagues at the 5th Skope User Meeting in Zurich, Switzerland.

The theme of this year’s meeting “Effective usage of encoding field measurements – applications and integrations” explored new ways to continuously advance on the outcomes of MRI measurements.

The restaurant Die Giesserei, an industrial style looking restaurant in Zurich, was the perfect location for the first day of the event, where we had the Scientific Presentations of Susie Y. Huang, MD, PhD (MGH), Adam B. Kerr, PhD (Stanford University) and Samuel Bianchi (IBT | ETH Zurich) in the morning. They presented their research developments, answered questions and discussed their work with other participants. In the afternoon, we had the presentation of Trainee Research speakers and the Skope Community. We hope that you did benefit from your peers’ presentations and experiences as much as we did.

The second day was lead by members of Skope for a half-day of workshops around the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, discussing following topics:

  • Workflow for 3T diffusion-weighted imaging with the NeuroCam
  • System characterization and field sensor capabilities at 7T
  • Reconstruction and data processing

This event brought us many opportunities to reflect on the challenges of encoding field measurements, and exchange ideas and solutions to improve results.

Thank you for participating in the building of this community and being part of our 5th International Skope User Meeting and making it an interesting and lively event!

Take a look at some impressions of the first day at Die Giesserei:


Giesserei Oerlikon

Birchstrasse 108, CH-8050 Zürich-Oerlikon


and Friday, 23rd of September 2022 for a half day educational hands-on workshop:

  • Workshop (1): Workflow for 3T diffusion-weighted imaging with the NeuroCam 
  • Workshop (2): System characterization and field sensor capabilities at 7T
  • Workshop (3): Reconstruction and data processing
  • Group 1: Green
  • Group 2: Yellow
  • Group 3: Red

Workshops at University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

We will start the wokshops at Universitäts Spital NORD 1 C301 where we will devide into our workshop groups.

Frauenklinikstrasse 10, 8091 Zürich - Room NORD 1 C301


Scientific Presentations

Susie Y. Huang, MD, PhD

Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology | Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School | United States

Susie Y. Huang, MD, PhD, is a Radiologist in the Division of Neuroradiology and Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in the Department of Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. She received a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. She has published numerous research articles on the development, translation, and evaluation of novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques for neuroimaging research and clinical applications. Her current research focuses on the development and translation of advanced diffusion MRI methods for probing tissue microstructure in the central nervous system. She currently serves as the lead Principal Investigator on a $14-million NIH BRAIN initiative multi-institutional collaborative grant to develop the next-generation Connectome MRI scanner for multiscale imaging of the human brain.

Adam B. Kerr, PhD

Center of Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging | Stanford University | United States

Dr. Adam B. Kerr is the Research Director for the Center of Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging and a Senior Research Engineer with Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. His research has spanned real-time interactive MRI, eddy current and gradient system characterization, hyperpolarized C13 imaging, RF pulse design including simultaneous multislice and parallel transmit applications, B1 mapping, and novel simultaneous multislice and diffusion imaging sequences. He obtained his PhD from Stanford University in 1998, then spent 8 years in the Silicon Valley wireless smart antenna startup ArrayComm as VP of IntelliCell Engineering before returning to Stanford University in 2006.

Samuel Bianchi

Institute for Biomedical Engineering | ETH Zurich | Switzerland

After obtaining his master's degree in electrical engineering, Samuel Bianchi joined the magnetic resonance technology and methods group at the IBT at ETH. As a doctoral student, his research evolves around advance acquisition and reconstruction methods for functional MRI. As they want to clearly highlight the benefits of their methods for neuroscientist, they strongly collaborate with the translational neuromodeling unit (TNU). Working right at the interface of MIR and neuroscience allows him to gain insight into both fields, which he highly enjoys.

Trainee Research

Paul Dubovan

Department of Medical Biophysics | Western University | Canada

Paul Dubovan is a fourth year PhD student supervised by Dr. Corey Baron in the Department of Medical Biophysics at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. Backed by a field monitoring system, his research focuses on implementing acquisition and reconstruction strategies such as spiral trajectories and concurrent field monitoring to produce high quality diffusion MRI results in the human brain at 7T.

Zaineb Amor

Neurospin, Saclay | CEA | France

Zaineb Amor is a third-year PhD student at Neurospin, Saclay. Before starting her doctoral program, she chose the engineering path: She earned a Master's degree of Science in Engineering in computer science from KTH as well as a "Diplôme d'Ingénieur" in signal processing from Grenoble INP. Having worked on single-molecule microscopy during her first research internship, she decided to pursue a medical imaging track and did her master thesis internship at GE Healthcare on bone segmentation and extrapolation in Cone-Beam Computed Tomography. Today, she is investigating the prospects of 3D-SPARKLING for high-resolution functional MRI and uses the Skope technology for B0 field fluctuations correction.

Dr. Caroline Le Ster

Neurospin, Saclay | CEA | France

Dr. Caroline Le Ster is a research engineer at NeuroSpin (CEA, France). She studied bioscience engineering before her PhD at Siemens Healthcare. Her thesis was about diffusion, perfusion and relaxation quantification in bone marrow as biomarkers for myeloma and osteoporosis. She then joined NeuroSpin where she is working on fMRI sequences with parallel transmission, scanner quality control, physiological noise correction and MR thermometry at 7T and 11.7T.

Eric Michael

Institute for Biomedical Engineering | ETH Zurich | Switzerland

Eric Michael is a PhD student working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaas Pruessmann at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering in Zurich, Switzerland. His doctoral research focuses on the investigation and development of advanced methods in diffusion MRI, in particular, through the utilization of high-performance magnetic field gradients.

Laura Bortolotti, PhD

SPMIC, University of Nottingham

Laura Bortolotti PhD works on Motion Correction (MoCo) techniques for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC) at University of Nottingham. Her PhD project was focused on using NMR field probes as tool to perform marker less head motion tracking in a 7T MRI Scanner. Now, as a Postdoc at the SPMIC, she has moved on working on developing MoCo for OpenMRI scanner (0.5 T).

Deni Kurban

Maastricht University

After obtaining her master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in Maastricht, Deni Kurban joined the MR-methods group led by Benedikt Poser in the same department. For her PhD, she has been working on acquisition, reconstruction, and analysis of 2D spiral acquisitions for BOLD and non-BOLD fMRI applications.

How to get there?

Giesserei Oerlikon

Thursday, 22nd September 2022

Birchstrasse 108, CH-8050 Zürich-Oerlikon

10min walk from Bahnhof Oerlikon.
4min walk from Regensbergbrücke (Tram 11, 15, 17).

Workshops at University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

Friday, 23rd of September 2022

Frauenklinikstrasse 10, 8091 Zürich - Room NORD 1 C301


Our hotel suggestions for Zurich, Switzerland:

ibis Styles Zurich City Center

Design economy hotel, open to creative minds

Stampfenbachstrasse 60, 8006 Zürich


The Self-Check-in Hotel in the Heart of Zurich

Leonhardstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich

Courtyard by Marriott Zurich North

Fly in to Zurich Oerlikon

Max-Bill-Platz 19, 8050 Zürich

COVID-19 Restrictions

There were various measures, restrictions and bans in place on the basis of the epidemic. They all had the same goal: to contain the coronavirus and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed. The nationwide restrictions and bans have been lifted. 

Nonetheless, we will offer masks and disinfectant at the event locations.
More information will follow for the restrictions at the scanner rooms.



Feel free to reach out to Yasemin if you have any question to the upcoming Skope User Meeting.

Yasemin Rüst

Head of Marketing