Professor Emeritus Erik Odeblad wins European Magnetic Resonance Award 2012

Erik OdebladEuropean Magnetic Resonance Award 2012 was conferred to Professor Emeritus Erik Odeblad for his pioneering contributions to the application of magnetic resonance in medicine and biology. Sävargården; Umeå, Sweden on 25 May 2012

Professor Odeblad was the pioneer scientist who showed that the NMR signal of tissues was influenced by its chemical and biological surroundings, influencing the relaxation times of tissues. In 1955, he described – together with Gunnar Lindström – that distinct human tissues have different NMR relaxation times. This discovery laid the foundation of NMR in medicine and MR imaging. He submitted his results to Acta Radiologica in December 1954; the paper was published in 1955 (Odeblad E, Lindström G: Some preliminary observations on the proton magnetic resonance in biological samples. Acta Radiol 1955; 43: 469-476). In the following years he built his own NMR spectrometers and continued his work on biological samples. In 1966 he became Head of the Department of Medical Physics at the University of Umeå. He published some sixty scientific papers on magnetic resonance in human tissues.

*** from Professor Odeblad, “Most of my NMR work has been on cervical mucus, combined with optical and electron microscopy. I established collaboration with colleagues in Australia, Spain, and the USA. Four different types of secretion with specific functions (called 'L', 'S', 'P', and 'G') were identified. In the mid-1990s, a non-mucous component ('Z') was defined with some interesting and non-expected functions. This component is presently under study with light microscopy and spectrophotometry."

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