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Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging [1] is a research institute which develops magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for both cognitive neuroscience and medical diagnosis and treatment. It was founded in July 2005 by the University Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands).It is located on the grounds of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Zollverein in the Northeast of the city of Essen, Germany. The industrial complex Zollverein is a former coal mine and coke processing plant which represents an industry which dominated the industrialization of the Ruhr area in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries. Centerpiece of the Erwin L. Hahn Institute is a whole-body ultrahigh field (UHF) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner from Siemens Healthcare operating at a magnetic field strength of 7 Tesla. In order to achieve this high magnetic field strength, a superconducting magnet is cooled down by liquid helium to -269° C. The 7-Tesla MRI system weighs 32 tons and the magnetic field is shielded and homogenized by 420 tons of steel in the walls of the examination room. Today, worldwide 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla MRI-systems are used for clinical imaging. In comparison to those systems, the 7 Tesla UHF MRI system provides a much higher sensitivity for structural and functional measurements in the human body. Thus, cross-sectional images with excellent image contrast and very high detail resolution can be produced. The main research areas of the Institute are the development and application of new methods and techniques of UHF MRI for: high-resolution structural, functional and spectroscopic MR Neuroimaging,cognitive neuroimaging, fMRI in decision-making and for human-robot interactions, fMRI in pain research, high resolution structural and functional MRI of the cerebellar nuclei, high resolution 7 Tesla UHF MRI in the whole human body, clinical evaluation of Neuro- and Body-MRI in comparison to 1.5- and 3.0-Tesla MRI high resolution imaging of tumors and metastases in cancer diagnostics Currently, seven research groups are located at the ELH. Research interests and expertise of these groups are spread over various research fields and application areas, thus enabling both complementary and synergistic collaboration. Since ages the working scientist are being awarded with different awards for their work. Prof. Dr. Harald H. Quick, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Award 2015, awarded at the "16th international MRI Symposium MR 2015" in Garmisch, award for outstanding scientific work in particular for ultra high-field magnetic resonance and hybrid PET/MR-imaging. Prof. Dr. Harald H. Quick, President (2012-2015) of the German Chapter of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) e.V.