Prague - Oct 04-05, 2018

Annual Plenary Meeting 2018 (closed)

We are very happy to announce the upcoming 2018 plenary meeting of the PARENCHIMA project in Prague from the 4th till the 5th of October 2018. 

This will be an interactive project meeting focused on the deliverables and objectives of the PARENCHIMA project such as the development of consensus papers, infrastructures for sharing data and software, setup of multi-centre clinical studies, and training programs in renal MRI. The format will alternate between plenary sessions and parallel working group meetings.


The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in renal MRI. Registration is free of charge and PARENCHIMA will support coffee breaks, lunch and conference dinner for all registered participants. To register for the meeting, please email the action chair (


PARENCHIMA can reimburse approximately 55 participants for travel, hotel and subsistence costs. These will be selected in accordance with COST rules and principles of inclusivity and diversity (gender, geography, seniority). We will prioritise reimbursement to participants who will actively contribute to the sessions or have actively participated in their preparation, or in the respective task forces. However, the budget is unfortunately finite and we can't at this point guarantee full reimbursement to all active participants. If you would like to participate and request reimbursement, please contact one of the working group leads in the first instance to express your interest.


The meeting is organised by the action chair together with the working group leads and the leads of the local organising committee:

  • Steven Sourbron (chair)
  • Christoffer Laustsen (WG1)
  • Frank Zoellner (WG2)
  • Anna Caroli (WG3)
  • Thoralf Niendorf (WG4)
  • Marcos Wolf (WG5)
  • Monika Dezortová (local organiser) 
  • Milan Hajek (local organiser)

Practical Information

The plenary meeting will be organized locally by Monika Dezortová, Milan Hajek and colleagues at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM). 


Day 1 – 4 October 2018

[08:30 – 09:00] Arrival and seating

[09:00 – 10:30] Plenary Session 1: Introduction and working group (WG) presentations on progress so far and plans/aims for the meeting.

  • 09:00. Steven Sourbron: Welcome and meeting overview.
  • 09:10. Monika Dezortová: Welcome from the local organisers, practicalities, social event, etc.
  • 09:20. Jeannette Nchung Oru: A few words about COST.
  • 09:40. WG1 presentation: Chris Lauststen, Pim Pullens, Steven Sourbron, Andreas Pohlmann
  • 09:50. WG2 presentation: Frank Zoellner and Peter Rogelj 
  • 10:00. WG3 presentation: Anna Caroli and Nick Selby. (Slides)
  • 10:10. WG4 presentation: Thoralf Niendorf and Roz Simms.
  • 10:20. WG5 presentation: Marcos Wolf and Mitko Kostov.

[10:30 – 11:00] Coffee Break

[11:00 – 13:00] Plenary Session 2: Scientific session. Oral presentations of collaborative work in progress or other renal MRI initiatives (10 min presentation + 5 min discussion). 

Moderator: Tim Leiner

  • 11:00. Prof. Ondrej Viklicky, MD, PhD: IKEM and the Kidney Transplantation Program.
  • 11:15. Anna Caroli: The US perspective - Report on the NIDDK renal imaging workshop, Bethesda. (Slides)
  • 11:30. Nuria Garcia Fernandez: Early diagnosis and prognosis in DKD with ASL-MRI and serum metalloproteinase-10: A spanish multi-centre study. (Slides)
  • 11:45. Lisa Jarl (Antaros): Experience from renal multicentre interventional trials.
  • 12:00. Sue Francis: The UK Renal Imaging Network and UK partnership grant (UCL, Leeds, Nottingham, Cambridge).
  • 12:15. Kanishka Sharma: The iBEAT study (Leeds, Bordeaux, Bari/Tricase, Turku, SIB-Lausanne, Lund, Michigan).
  • 12:30. Peter Blankestijn: Planning for sessions at the next EDTA congress.
  • 12:45. Adjourn and move to lunch.

[13:00 – 14:00] Lunch (provided by the organisers)

[14:00 – 14:45] Plenary Session 3: WG 5 - Homepage and social medial presence (Chair: Marcos Wolf)

Group picture

  • 14:00. Homepage ( - Interactive session & feedback on structure and maintenance ("backend") & visitor statistics 
  • 14:15. Social Media - Twitter, LinkedIn, etc: Discussion around account optimizations; engaging with other societies; open positions in WG5
  • 14:30. PARENCHIMA dissemination & communication strategy (internal and external) - dissemination leads of WGs and task forces, newsletter, use of mailing lists.

[14:45 – 16:45] Parallel WG meetings: Break out Session 1

WG1: Preclinical book editorial & authors meeting - task force 1.1 (Chair: Andreas Pohlmann)

  • 14:45. Welcome and meeting overview (A. Pohlmann)
  • 14:50. The book concept in a nutshell & editorial update (A. Pohlmann)
  • 15:00. Progress updates from the section editors (A. Fekete, A. Pohlmann, C. Laustsen, D. Longo, I. Friedli, M. Meier, J. Periquito)
  • 15:30. Chapter templates: Presentation (A. Pohlmann) and discussion/review
  • 16:00. Discussion on burning issues and timeline
  • 16:15. Discussion and planning of editorial meeting 2019 in Malta
  • 16:30. Writing report

WG2: Data management – use cases, presentation of datasets, new data collection, integration (Chairs: F. Zoellner & Peter Rogelj)

  • 14.45. Introduction to WG2 sessions (Frank Zoellner)
  • 14.50. Short report of the July QUIBIM webinar and a short demo of the database. General info how it could be used by WG2 members (Angel Alberich-Bayarri)

    Presentation of use-cases from user perspective. For each use case present the purpose, general workflow, type of data involved, problems related to the overall processing, evaluation (Gold standards):
  • 15.00. DCE-MRI (Frank Zoellner)
  • 15.15. DWI (Olivera Nikolic)
  • 15.30. Multiparametric studies (Arvid Lundervold)
  • 15.45. Discussion on use cases, ranking of priority, inclusion of further cases.

    Presentation of available datasets. Each group provide information of the images, their purpose, patients, reference data, eventual specifics (movement, contrast…). Each presentation ends with a discussion:
  • 15.50. Bergen group (Eli Bjøvad Eikefjord)
  • 16.05. Leeds group (Susmita Basak)
  • 16.20. Bordeaux group (Nicolas Grenier, Benjamin Taton)
  • 16.35. Discussion on how to extend the database for additional datasets, identification of sites to contribute, data sharing policy, dissemination strategy for Database task force

WG3: Multi-centre clinical studies - funding application planning (Chairs: Anna Caroli & Nick Selby)

  • 14.45. Review of opportunities and Utrecht actions (Nick Selby)
    • ERA-EDTA working group
    • Adding MRI to existing initiatives
  • 15.00. Suitable calls at EU level - H2020 calls (Anna Caroli)
  • 15.15. Funding application planning in different clinical areas (parallel sessions)
    •     ADPKD (Chair: Andrea Remuzzi)
    •     Renal transplantation (Chair: Alexandra Ljimani)
    •     CKD (Chair: Nick Selby)

WG4: PhD programme planning session (Renalis4EU) – list of issues, identify roles & actions (Chairs: Thoralf Niendorf, Clemens Bos). 

[17:00 – 18:00] Management Committee Meeting

[18:00 – 19:00] Transport to city centre

19:00: Conference dinner City Centre (

Day 2 – 5 October 2018

[09:00 – 10:45] Parallel WG meetings: Break out Session 2

WG1: Recommendations on clinical renal MRI - task force 2.1 (Chair: S. Sourbron)

  • 09:00. Introduction to the initiative, current status and aim of the session (S. Sourbron)
  • 09:10. Case study: developing ASL recommendations via COST and QIBA (X. Golay)
  • 09:30. Discussion and agreement on aims, approach and process (Moderator: S. Sourbron)
  • 09:50. Central collection and harmonisation of protocols (Pim Pullens)
  • 10:10. Presentation and ideas for MAGMA special issue on renal MRI (click here for approved proposal)

WG2: Image processing – review of use cases, algorithms, harmonisation of library (Chair: F. Zoellner & Peter Rogelj)

        Presentation of processing algorithms. What they do, how they work, classification, their advantages and limitations, evaluation strategies. Discussion after each presentation.

  • 09.00. Image segmentation (Juan E. Ortuno)
  • 09.15. Image registration (Peter Rogelj)
  • 09.30. Modelling – DCE (Susmita Basak)
  • 09.45. Identification of algorithms from the algorithms database (Marek Kocinski) and algorithms being developed by WG2 members.

    Use cases in detail – brief review of the workflows listing processing steps or algorithms
  • 10.00. DCE-MRI (Frank Zoellner)
  • 10.10. Multiparametric studies (Arvid Lundervold)
  • 10.20. DWI
  • 10.30. Discussion on Dissemination Strategy task force – Software

WG3: Towards establishing renal MRI biological validity

  • 9.00. The renal pathologist perspective (Peter Boor)
  • 9.20. Discussion - possible ways to analyse renal biopsy samples to allow meaningful comparisons against MRI

[10:45 – 11:15] Coffee Break

[11:15 – 13:00] Parallel WG meetings: Break out Session 3

WG1: Recommendations on clinical renal MRI (Organiser: task force 2.1)

  • 11:15. ASL panel progress report and discussion (Chair: ASL panel chair - Maria Seara) 
  • 11:40. DWI panel progress report and discussion (Chair: DWI panel chair TBC)
  • 12:00. T1&T2 panel progress report and discussion (Chair: T1&T2 panel chair TBC)
  • 12:20. BOLD panel progress report and discussion (Chair: BOLD panel chair TBC)
  • 12:40. Planning of Aarhus meeting 18&19 march 2019 (Chris Lauststen)

WG2: Experience with QUIBIM upload & plugin development + planning of Valencia training workshop

  • 11.15. Template Agreement with Quibim (Steven, Frank, Angel)
  • 11.25. Demo: how to process and organise data into Quibim's software (Felix Navarro)
  • 11.40. QUIBIM plugin development + planning of Valencia training workshop (Angel Alberich-Bayarri). Topics to be included in the discussion:
    • Introduction to requirements for QUIBIM plugin development.
    • Preparation of demo algorithms for QUIBIM plugin development.
    • Preparation of evaluation algorithms
    • What could/shall we prepare in advance? How? (platforms, environments, interface limitations, data formats...) 
    • Set up of Agenda for Training Workshop
    • Training Materials
    • Budget and Participants
  • 12.40. Planning of further activities within WG 2:
    • STSM
    • Funding strategies
    • Dissemination (papers)
    • WG Meeting 2019 (3rd year)
  • 12.50. Review of open issues: collect all the issues that need to be addressed in the plenary session 3 (additional data requirements, ground truth/reference data, support of other WGs needed…)

WG4: PhD programme planning session (Renalis4EU): finalising the application (Chairs: Thoralf Niendorf & Clemens Bos).

[13:00 – 14:00] Lunch (provided by the organisers)

[14:00 – 16:00] Plenary session 4 – Report of breakout sessions, future plans and actions.

  • 14:00. WG1: report & discussion (Chris Laustsen & Pim Pullens)
  • 14:10. WG2: report & discussion (Frank Zoellner & Peter Rogelj)
  • 14:20. WG3: report & discussion (Anna Caroli & Nick Selby)
  • 14:30. WG4: Progress report & discussion of Renalis4EU (Thoralf Niendorf)
  • 14:40. WG4: Planning clinical summer school 2019: format, syllabus, faculty, etc (Roz Simms).
  • 15:00. WG5: Introduction and discussion of the 3nd International Meeting on Renal MRI, Nottingham 2019 (Organisers Nick Selby and Sue Francis)
  • 16:00. Adjourn

Group Picture