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April 2018

April 2018
NEW FFC APPLICATIONS BOOKLET
We are pleased to bring you an updated version of the Stelar FFC APPLICATIONS booklet. Many thanks to all the FFC experts who collaborated with us to make this FFC application handbook with reliable independent scientific information possible. This booklet will continued to be updated with new applications information so please make sure you download the latest copy from the Stelar website DOWNLOAD AREA: http://www.stelar.it/download_area.php

April 2018

April 2018
NEW STELAR PRODUCT BROCHURE
The latest version of the Stelar PRODUCTS BROCHURE is now available in the DOWNLOAD AREA: http://www.stelar.it/download_area.php

March 2018

March 2018
In memory of Seymour Koenig - a founder of field cycling relaxometry
We are very sorry to hear of the recent loss of a field cycling relaxometry godfather, Seymour Koenig. The Koenig-Brown field cycling relaxometer was a great motivation to Stelar Srl to develop commercial field cylcing relaxometers. You can read more about Seymour Koenig's achievements on the ISMRM and CERM websites (see links: https://www.ismrm.org/members-only/in-memoriam/seymour-koenig/; http://www.cerm.unifi.it/component/content/article/44-events/551-in-memory-of-seymour-koenig).

November 2017

November 2017
Ultra-powerful Fast Field Cycling MRI scanner scans first patients
Great news from our partners in Project Identify. Prof. David Lurie and coworkers have successfully scanned the first patients in the FFC MRI scanner at Aberdeen University. FFC MRI scanners have been liked to having 100 MRI scanners in just one MRI scanner. This ultra-powerful scanner is expected to be the next generation of MRI scanner adopted by hospitals to provide more detailed disease diagnoses. Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-42054305?SThisFB http://www.scotsman.com/news/first-patients-scanned-using-ultra-powerful-mri-scanner-1-4618641

February 2016

February 2016
Stelar NMR YouTube channel
Visit the Stelar YouTube channel "Stelar NMR" to find out more about FFC NMR relaxometry and more.

12th February 2016

12th February 2016
FAST FIELD CYCLING MAGNETIC RESONANCE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED BY STELAR SRL TO BE KEY PART OF MULTI-MILLION EU-FUNDED DEVELOPMENT OF NEW GENERATION OF MRI SCANNERS
Stelar Srl is part of a consortium of nine European partners, led by the University of Aberdeen, who have received 6.6 million Euro of funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research grant scheme for the development of next-generation MRI scanners designed to identify key diseases earlier and in more detail. The new scanners will be based on the Fast Field Cycling(FFC)-MRI method, thought to be the first of its type in the world for human studies, and will provide much more detailed information about diseases including osteoarthritis, cancer and dementia. Current standard MRI scanners work at just one fixed magnetic field, however FFC-MRI scanners will allow patients to undergo an MRI scan with thousands of possible variations in the magnetic field, giving considerably more information about tissues and organs in the body. Stelar Srl, based in Mede, Italy, has unique and world-leading expertise in the production of instrumentation for Fast Field Cycling magnetic resonance technologies, and will be a key industrial partner in the development of these new FFC-MRI scanners. Quote from Gianni Ferrante: “I am very proud that Stelar is a key partner in this EU project of high importance and value to future medical diagnostics. Stelar’s involvement in this project will aim to develop an improved version of Fast Field Cycling technology for clinical MRI. FFC-MRI involves measuring the dependency of the T1 relaxation time on the magnetic field strength which allows us to obtain a fingerprint which will vary for different disease states. This novel FFC-MRI technology will lead to the advent of a new generation of MRI scanners capable of covering continuously a wide range of magnetic field strengths which will allow, in particular, the acquisition of magnetic resonance images at very low magnetic fields where there is a wealth of untapped medical diagnostic information. I am indeed confident we will succeed in bringing this new FFC-MRI technology to the field of in vivo medical imaging technologies. The innovative FFC technology to be developed for the new generation FFC-MRI scanner during the course of this project will also mark a milestone in the development of FFC technology for the unique magnetic resonance relaxometry instrumentation manufactured and commercialized by Stelar. FFC magnetic resonance relaxometers are used for the analysis of a wide range of materials, such as MRI contrast agents for medical diagnostics, polymers for the plastics and car tyre industries, rock cores for the oil and gas industry, electrolytes for developing batteries, proteins for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and foodstuffs for defining shelf-life and fraud in the food industry, to name a few.” Quote from project coordinator, Prof. David Lurie, University of Aberdeen: “There is a whole range of diseases where FFC-MRI could benefit diagnosis and monitor the success of treatment – early tests show it can measure changes in cartilage in osteoarthritis and our research has also shown that there are changes visible in cancer. We believe there may be changes in many other conditions too. The signals measured by FFC-MRI are a function of what’s happening on a molecular level in tissues which is where disease begins but we’re not absolutely certain what is happening, and what’s causing these changes – that is what this new project will aim to explore, as well as developing techniques to improve the scanners and to provide better quality images of the body.” The 4-year project “Improving Diagnosis by Fast Field-Cycling MRI” (code named “IDentiFY”) kicked off in January 2016 and involves seven academic and two industrial partners from six EU countries.

YouTube link: MRI Scanners: The next generation


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2014/ 13 March

2014/ 13 March
Spin-Doc NMR Services now representing Stelar
Bert Heise, owner of Spin-Doc NMR Services will now be representing Stelar srl in Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria. Stelar recognise Bert’s expertise and knowledge in NMR and are pleased to announce this new collaboration.

2014/ 12 March

2014/ 12 March
NEW 0.5 T WIDE BORE EDITION OF SPINMASTER NOW AVAILABLE
A new edition of SPINMASTER FFC2000 is now available with a wide bore 0.5T FFC magnet for rock core analysis, and other large samples, up to 1 inch diameter (1.5 inch probe also available on request). FFC measurements can provide a wealth of information on rock cores, such as porosity and wettability. For more information, please see our new product handout on the Download area page or contact Stelar for more information.


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2014 / 13 March

2014 / 13 March
Fast Field Cycling makes the cover of the scientific journal ChemPhysChem
The most recent article to be published on biological applications of Fast Field Cycling NMR Relaxometry has also made the front cover of the scientific journal ChemPhysChem (Wiley). The article entitled "The Effect of Cholesterol on Membrane Dynamics on Different Timescales in Lipid Bilayers from Fast Field-Cycling NMR Relaxometry Studies of Unilamellar Vesicles" by Esteban Anoardo (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina), Dermot Brougham (Dublin City University, Ireland) and co-workers can be read on the journal website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cphc.v15.3/issuetoc

2013/ 6 June

2013/ 6 June
Stelar and HTS-110 formalize international partnership in magnetic resonance technology development
The collaboration announcement between Stelar and HTS-110 made at the EMIM 2013 conference was introduced by Clare Louise Wilson, the New Zealand Consul General and Trade Commissioner (Milan, Italy), who has a role in facilitating trade between businesses in Italy and New Zealand. Clare commented "It is a pleasure to see that two small, highly specialized companies at opposite ends of the globe are able to work well together to offer an integrated, unique product with a worldwide sales potential."


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2013 / 23-25 May

2013 / 23-25 May
Professor Robert Bryant receives special recognition for his work in FFC at the 8th Conference on Fast Field Cycling NMR Relaxometry
The scientific committee of the 8th Conference on Fast Field Cycling NMR Relaxometry held in Turin, 23-25 May 2013, gave special recognition to Prof. Robert G. Bryant, of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (VA), USA, for his outstanding contribution to advancement of the Field Cycling NMR Relaxometry technique.

Events

29 April - 4 May 2018

29 April - 4 May 2018
59th ENC
You can find the Stelar team at booth 303 at the 59th ENC. We look forward to greeting you with an authentic cup of Italian espresso coffee and showing you the latest applications of Fast Field Cycling NMR relaxometry. Low field NMR in the form of FFC can reveal a surprising amount of dynamics information. This year we are proud to present FFC for battery materials. Also check out poster 373 "Battery electrolytes - Multi-nuclear Fast Field Cycling relaxometry reveals important molecular dynamics information".

4-8 March 2018

4-8 March 2018
PANIC 2018 conference
If you attending the PANIC conference in La Jolla (CA, USA) next week, 4-8 March 2018, remember that there is more to NMR than just spectroscopy! If you want a different take on NMR we can recommend the following fast field cycling relaxometry presentations, particularly if you are interested in polymers or battery materials: • Marius Hofmann, Universität Bayreuth: “Field-Cycling NMR and its Application to Study Molecular Dynamics” – The presentation will cover polymers and the close relationship between commonly applied macroscopic rheology and FC NMR as a method of microscopic rheology • Poster 39: “NMR Fast Field Cycling relaxometry for liquid and solid electrolytes - application in the battery industry”. D. Kruk, M. Florek-Wojciechowska, O. Tutusaus, M. Pasin, G. Ferrante, R. Steele You are also invited to attend our “MEET THE FFC EXPERT” informal scientific event hosted at the STELAR STAND on TUESDAY 6TH MARCH 6.45 pm. Independent FFC expert, Dr. Marius Hofmann will be available to answer all your questions on FFC.


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16th March 2018

16th March 2018
One-day Symposium on Fast Field-Cycling MRI
This one-day Symposium is being held to mark the mid-point of the “IDentIFY” EU Horizon-2020 project on FFC-MRI. Its objective is to inform stakeholders and potential beneficiaries about the current status of FFC-MRI and to indicate its future direction and potential capabilities for enhancing the diagnosis and staging of disease, as well as the monitoring of treatment. In addition, lectures will be given by the leaders of three other Horizon-2020 projects related to magnetic resonance. Registration is free of charge! Details and registration form at: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/conferences/ffc-mri-symposium-2018/index.php


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29 January 2018

29 January 2018
COST ACTION Conference on NMR Relaxometry and related methods
The COST ACTION European Network on NMR Relaxometry is doing a great job in spreading the word on the applications and benefits of using NMR relaxometry. The conference on NMR relaxometry and related methods, taking place in Torino, Italy, (29 Jan to 01 Feb 2018) has attracted many researchers old and new


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2-6 December 2017

2-6 December 2017
ANZMAG 2017, Kingscliff NSW, Australia
Stelar is a GOLD sponsor of the ANZMAG conference this year and is also proud to sponsor a world-renowned scientist at the conference, Prof. Silvio Aime (University of Turin, Italy), with a hot topic to present: Relaxometry and cancer – including in vivo FFC. We will also be hosting “MEET THE FFC EXPERT”, an informal scientific event at the Stelar stand in during the Monday evening poster session. The perfect opportunity to meet and ask questions to some top scientists working with FFC NMR relaxometry.


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25-28 September 2017

25-28 September 2017
39th FGMR Annual Discussion Meeting, Bayreuth, Germany
Stelar is a sponsor of the FGMR meeting and will be holding live demos of the SMARtracer bench-top FFC relaxometer in Bayreuth. Come and visit our booth with your own sample to run or for information on FFC instruments and applications. Don't miss the plenary lecture by Prof. J.-P. Korb on "Applications of FFC NMR relaxometry for probing molecular dynamics of complex liquids in confinement"

27-29 September 2017

27-29 September 2017
GIDRM National Congress on Magnetic Resonance, Salerno, Italy
Stelar is a sponsor of the GIDRM congress and proudly brings a high level speaker to the conference in the form of Prof. David Lurie who will outline the new advances in combining FFC NMR relaxometry with MR Imaging for groundbreaking new methods of clinical diagnoses.

5-7 June 2017

5-7 June 2017
10th Conference on FFC NMR Relaxometry
The perfect opportunity to meet FFC NMR Relaxometry experts from around the globe and find out about the latest applications of the technique and new evolutions of the technology. This special event in the calendar of FFC researchers is held every second year and the next appointment is coming very soon. Stelar is a proud spnosor of this event and will be holding a special evening presentation and round-table discussion during the conference. There is still time to register (please contact the organizers, information on the website www.ffcrelax.com).

26 - 31 March 2017

26 - 31 March 2017
58th Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference March 26 - 31, 2017 Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California
Come and visit STELAR at the 58th ENC. Find out more about the latest fascinating results of Fast Field Cycling (FFC) relaxometry applied to chemistry of MRI Contrast Agent and preclinical MRI. This year we are proud to present the first "in vivo” FFC-NMRD characterization of tumour tissues. (Poster #327) We are looking forward to meeting you in Asilomar and welcome you at booth #1 with an authentic cup of Italian espresso coffee (the real thing, not a watered-down version!).

27 July 2015

27 July 2015
9th Conference on Fast Field Cycling relaxometry
Stelar is proud to sponsor the 9th edition of the FFC Relax conference which will be held at the University of Aberdeen, UK, from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th July 2015. The conference is a forum for people with active interests in nuclear and electron spin relaxation, fast magnetic field switching experiments, low-field magnetic resonance, nuclear quadrupole resonance and magnetic resonance imaging. Stelar staff will be in attendance and pleased to answer any questions on instrumentation, including Stelar’s new products.

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