The European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology is a non-profit Society, which aims to support educational activities and research in the widest sense in the field defined by the Society's name. The ESMRMB is open to physicians, engineers, scientists and other individuals who are interested in the developments or the introduction of magnetic resonance techniques in the fields of medicine and biology.
The intended purposes of the Society shall be achieved by
•Organizing annual scientific meetings and topical workshops,
•Promoting education as well as research and development in the field,
•Sponsoring and co-organising specialized conferences, colloquia, symposia and workshops to disseminate knowledge as well as to further the exchange of scientific and technical information in the field,
•Disseminating information in the field by supporting and financing scientific and specialist publications. The ESMRMB welcomes the European Commission's announcement made on October 26 that it will postpone and amend legislation which would pose a serious threat to the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in patient welfare and scientific research.
•The EU Physical Agents Directive 2004/40/EC (EMF) is to be delayed by four years until 30th April 2012 to allow time for a substantive amendment to be adopted. According to the Commission “the future amendment" will aim to ensure that limits will not have an adverse effect on the practice of "MRI” and it will recommend to Member States to put the transposition of the current Directive on hold.
•ESMRMB is a supporting member of the Alliance for MRI, launched by the European Society of Radiology during ECR 2007 in order to avert the serious threat posed by EU health legislation to the clinical and research use of MRI.
It supports researchers and industry partners in the coordination of biomedical imaging research throughout Europe and beyond. It is EIBIR’s mission to coordinate and support the development of biomedical imaging technologies and the dissemination of knowledge with the ultimate goal of improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
As an organisation, EIBIR relies on its over 110 actively contributing Network Members. It is a platform open to all disciplines with an interest in biomedical imaging and welcomes bottom-up initiatives and active involvement. he Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (SMRM) was founded in Boston (USA) in 1982. A second society (Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, SMRI), aimed towards radiologists in the USA, was founded at the same time. In 1994, SMRM and SMRI merged to form SMR, the Society for Magnetic Resonance (now named ISMRM, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine).
The first European effort aimed at teaching users started in 1982: the European Workshop on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, known today as the European Magnetic Resonance Forum (EMRF) Foundation. The first annual meeting of the European Workshop was held in Mons (Belgium) in 1983.
In 1984, radiologists and physicists combined to organize an informal group to discuss the common interest in establishing a society structure to gather professionals working in the field of MR in medicine and biology. Statues for the new society were prepared and ratified during its first congress in Geneva in autumn 1984 and were continuously adapted and amended during the following years.
Later on a society was founded which had its seat in Geneva, Switzerland.