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Aloha, Honolulu – ISMRM 2017

Posted on May 25th 2017 in Blog, Events, News

The year has come around quickly for one of our most important conferences – the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). This year we had five abstracts accepted for the conference and Mari, Martyn, Sarah and Steven set off to Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

At the conference Sarah and Martyn, presented our work on metabolism in sperm. Martyn showed the work of PhD student Nurul in understanding the effect of enzyme inhibitors on boar sperm metabolism. Sarah’s poster showed the progress we have made from last’s ISMRM presentation on the metabolic profiles between high quality and low quality sperm – work that has recently been published.

Martyn also showed some of the developments we have made in compensating for head movement when MRI scanning new born babies, as the doctor cannot just ask them to keep still – that has also been published.

Steven presented an e-poster on the collaborative work we have engaged in over the last four years with Dilly Anumba on identifying biomarkers for risk of preterm birth using magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

One of the highlights of the conference for us was the work Mari has been involved in using MRI to examine the internal structure of testicles – which one day may help doctors decide when and how to perform a testicular biopsy to help infertile men. This was because two other research groups at the conference had a similar interest to us in using MRI to look at the pathology in testes. This lead to a fruitful exchange of ideas and information that could lead to new methods to aid men with poor testicular function.