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FAST, Advanced Signal-Processing for Ultra-Fast Magnetic Resonance, and Training, (MRTN-CT-2006-035801) is a Research and Training Network (RTN) granted by Marie Curie Actions in the 6th Framework Program (2007-2010)
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging – MRSI – is an emerging, non-invasive modality of Molecular Imaging that opens the way to in vivo mapping of metabolism. It will greatly contribute to combating major diseases (cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, etc), monitoring therapy, drug development. Spin-offs: food inspection, materials research. Read more...

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The Continuous Wavelet Transform in MRS





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Final FAST Plenary Meeting

has been organized by Sabine Van Huffel

in Leuven, Belgium on 18-19 November 2010

photo from Juhanson

The IEEE IST 2010 workshop took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 01-02 July 2010. Six members from FAST attended the conference and presented the scientific work of the network

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jMRUI Training Course
Fifty participants from all over the world attended the jMRUI training course in Stockholm on Sunday 2 May 2010 The course has been a great success, you can find the program of the day here. We thank the lecturers for the high quality of their presentations and the participants for their enthusiasm.
Many ISMRM-ESMRMB attendees asked us if another course will be organized. We will think about it!
The Continuous Wavelet Transform in MRS

Aimamorn Suvichakorn , Christina Lemke , Adalberto Schuck Jr. and Jean-Pierre Antoine


This tutorial text reviews some applications of the Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT) in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), focusing on the problems of spectral line estimation, namely, apodization, random noise, baseline, solvent peak, nonstandard lineshapes. First, we use a standard wavelet, namely the Morlet wavelet. Next, we introduce a new type of wavelet, derived from the autocorrelation function of a model signal. Finally, we apply this new technique for constructing adapted wavelets, generated from the metabolite data themselves. A short compendium on the basics of the CWT and some explicit numerical programs are given in two Appendices. Read more
Final Plenary Meeting
FAST Final Plenary Meeting was held in the nice place of the Katholieke Universiteit ion leuven, Belgium on 18th-19th November 2010. Thanks to Sabine Van Huffel and Diana Sima for having hosted us, it has been a very successful event.
An overview of the four year of the network, objectives, recruitment, main achievements, milestones and perspectives of the project, was presented by Danielle Graveron-Demilly, coordinator of the network on Thursday 18th of November. Each workpackage leader gave a presentation outlining the progress done on the tasks within that particular workpackage.
Thursday afternoon and Friday morning were devoted to scientific presentations from fellows. Among 16 lecturers, 10 FAST recruited ESRs and 3 ERs were involved in the scientific sessions. This gave the opportunity to young researchers, to present and discuss their scientific results.
Then a round table has been arranged in order to encourage each FAST fellow to express his/her feeling about FAST project (research, trainings, collaborations, etc.) and his/her future.
Finally, a business meeting ended the meeting.
The meeting was also very successful from the social point of view. The fellows as well as all FAST members were happy to see each other again. All the participants were hosted in hotels close to the meeting place, which facilitated interactions and informal discussions from breakfast to dinner. And, as several meetings have already been organized during the 4 first years of the network, all partners were happy to meet again and the exchange between people was straightforward and warm.

Mid-Term meeting agenda

Minutes of the meeting

Trainings & Workshops

FAST workshop on pulse sequence programming  

The FAST workshop on pulse sequence programming took place from  8th to 10th September 2009  in Lausanne. The course was organized by Christian Labadie to train the Marie Curie fellows in IDEA sequence programming, with the main focus on spectroscopy sequences. Read more... 

Professional development qualification training school

About forty participants from all over Europe attended the Training School in Lyon on November 28th 2008. The School has been a great success. We thank the lecturers for the quality of their presentation and the participants for their enthusiasm. Read more... 

FAST workshop - IEEE IST 2008

During IEEE IST 2008 workshop in Chania, a FAST workshop has been organized on 11th September 2008: a training day for the recruited Marie Curie fellows concerning the jMRUI software package. Contributions authored by FAST partners to the Special Session on MRS Methodologies of this conference: Read more... 

Weekly literature reviews
FAST offers to the Marie Curie fellows overview of papers dealing with MRS/MRSI of proton, 31P, 13C, 19F, 15N, 23Na, 7Li, 133Cs and 17O, hyperpolarized 3He and 129Xe, general signal processing, wavelets, speech recognition and java/elearning. 

jMRUI User Meetings

A jMRUI user meeting is organized every year during ISMRM meeting in order to to present last news about jMRUI and to promote contacts and discussions between the jMRUI users

  • Imagein Stockholm, a jMRUI Training Course has been organized instead of the User Meeting. But, as usually, jMRUI demonstrations have been done both on Siemens and Philips booths between on 3-7 May 2010.
  • in Toronto, Canada, the jMRUI User Meeting took place in Intercontinental Toronto Hotel on Wednesday 7 May 2008.
  • in Berlin, Germany, the jMRUI user meeting was held on Wednesday 23 May 2007 in Hotel Berlin Excelsior.

Relationship between jMRUI and eMRUI

eMRUI is mainly a layer over jMRUI (jMRUI Website). jMRUI will be distributed with eMRUI, but the users will be able to use only jMRUI if they wish. So jMRUI will continue to exist but not in the current monolith form. jMRUI will be refactored in order to accept plugins: probably under the name jMRUI v4.0 and the actual monolith version (3.x) will be abandoned. We are planning to release a first version of the refactored jMRUI in July (the MRUI version that will be included in eMRUI) to some dedicated users for testing.

Promotion of FAST research
To highlight the activity of FAST network an article on ‘Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging' is published in eStrategies Projects report 2009. Indeed, a special section coming out in May 2009 focuses on the Marie Curie Actions programme projects.
Upcoming meetings
FAST events
  • Final FAST Meeting, organized by Sabine Van Huffel in Leuven, Belgium on 18-19 November 2010
Other events
Marie Curie Fellows
UAB D.R. Amariei (ESR)
Partner 8 - E-Barcelona
development of the eMRSI website Read more...
ALTER-Systems A. Andrasescu (ESR)
Partner 15 - F-Lyon
eMRUI: next generation of jMRUI with plug-ins and an online collaborative layer Read more...
UCBL F. Di Cesare (ESR)
Partner 1 - F-Lyon
eMRUI: development of software package, its algorithms and the Java GUI Read more...
EPFL C. Cudalbu (ER)
Partner 11 - CH-Lausanne
1H and 15N MRS at 9.4 and 14.1 Tesla: methodology and in vivo applications Read more...
CIT S. Chatzichristofis (ESR)
Partner 6 - GR-Chalkis
MRSI signal characterization/modeling Read more...
 D. Forster (ESR)
Partner 1 - F-Lyon
Longitudinal 1H MRS of transgenic Alzheimer's mice
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ILSP R. Guimaraes (ESR)
Partner 5 - GR-Athens
Automatic speech recognition in presence of MR scanner noise Read more...
ULeipzig C. Labadie (ER)
Partner 4 - D-Leipzig
2D-regularized ILT reveals macromolecule baseline Read more...
UCLb C. Lemke (ER)
Partner 7 - B-Louvain
Morlet wavelets Read more...
KUL F. Nielsen (ER)
Partner 3 - B-Leuven
Biochemical profiling of tissue in vivo by MRS Read more...
P. Nunes (ESR)
Partner 9 - NL-Nijmegen
Distribution of lipids/fat Read more...
UCBLb G. Oppedisano (ESR)
Partner 1 - F-Lyon
Non-cartesian k-space sampling Read more...
KUL M. I. Osorio Garcia (ESR)
Partner 3 - B-Leuven
Self-deconvolution method for estimating the lineshape of MRS signals Read more...
CIT O. Picone (ESR)
Partner 6 - GR-Chalkis
MRSI signal characterization/modeling Read more...
RUN I. Steinseifer (ESR)
Partner 9 - NL-Nijmegen
Multi-nuclear MR spectroscopy at 3 Tesla Read more...
ISI O. Strbak (ESR)
Partner 10 - CZ-Brno
Quantum mechanical generalization of the extended phase graph method Read more...
UCL A. Suvichakorn (ER)
Partner 7 - B-Louvain
Analyzing MRS by the Morlet wavelet Read more...
UCBLc M. Uberti (ESR)
Partner 1 - F-Lyon
In vivo localized 2D NMR Read more...
UoM E. Vescovo (ESR)
Partner 2 - UK-Manchester
Brain temperature mapping using 1H MRS Read more...
RUNC A. Wright (ER)
Partner 9 - NL-Nijmegen
MR spectroscopy Read more...