Ben Jeurissen was awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for his project ADAMI. In the ADAMI project, he will combine multi-dimensional MRI, microscopy, and machine learning to build better microstructural models that will improve the detection, diagnosis and monitoring of brain diseases. Congrats with this big achievement Ben!

Céline Smekens and Quinten Beirinckx received a Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for their work Super-resolution T2* mapping of the knee using UTE Spiral VIBE MRI to be presented at the upcoming ISMRM meeting. The 29th Annual Meeting & Exhibition from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine will take place on-line from May 15 to 20 and will attract over 5000 attendees. Presentation is scheduled on Wednesday May 19 at 19:00 UTC. Congratulations!

In total, 15 nominees have been nominated for the 2021 New Scientist Scientific Talent Award ( They have been selected by a jury from a large number of candidates proposed by Flemish and Dutch universities. Our colleague Dr. Femke Danckaers is one of the nominees.

You can vote until May 3th 2021 (23:00) via this link (

Researchers at the University of Antwerp are studying the impact of long-duration spaceflight on one of our most important organs: the brain. In the past 7 years, an international team of scientists has been collecting and processing diffusion MRI scans of Russian cosmonauts, before and after their six-month stay in in the International Space Station.

Using multi-tissue constrained spherical deconvolution, an analysis technique developed at the Vision Lab by Ben Jeurissen, the team was able to show how the brain adapts to constant weightlessness.

Read about it in Science Advances.

Jan Morez won the signal forecast challenge for MRI with double diffusion encoding at the 2020 ISBI White Matter Microstructure with Diffusion MRI Challenge. ISBI or the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, is a yearly scientific conference dedicated to mathematical, algorithmic, and computational aspects of biological and biomedical imaging, across all scales of observation. Congratulations Jan!

MRtrix3 Workshop kicks off

Van Nguyen received the Best Poster Award at the International Computed Tomography conference 2019 in Padua, Italy. Congrats!

Ben Jeurissen received two Magna Cum Laude Merit Awards, for his research to be presented at the upcoming ISMRM meeting. The 26th Annual Meeting & Exhibition from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine will take place from June 16 to 21 in Paris, France and will attract over 5000 attendees.

About half of our brain is composed of white matter - millions of fibers that act as data lines between distant brain regions. Capturing the full wiring diagram of the brain can be regarded as one of the great scientific challenges of our time. In this talk, you will learn about a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - called diffusion MRI - that can reveal white matter structure in the living brain in unprecedented detail. You will discover how UAntwerpen is improving this cutting edge technique as well as using it to study neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Location: Kapitein Zeppos, Vleminckveld 78, 2000 Antwerpen

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2018; doors open 6.30pm, event 7pm-10pm

Language: English

Speaker: Dr. Ben Jeurissen, UAntwerpen

More info and tickets @

We are very excited to announce that the first official MRtrix3 workshop will be held this year in Paris, France (June 22-24), immediately after the main ISMRM meeting.

This 2½ day hands-on workshop will cover the theory and practice of diffusion analysis, covering the range of techniques available within MRtrix3.

After completing this course, participants should be able to process, analyze, and visualize their own diffusion MRI data sets using MRtrix3 tools.

See the main announcement for full details and registration.