The organizers thank Siemens Healthineers for their very generous support of this meeting.

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The members of the National Microstructural Imaging Facility (NMIF) also wish to thank the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) who provided funds for this meeting as part of the funding for the NMIF.
The EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £800 million a year in a broad range of subjects - from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.

The National Microstructure Imaging Facility houses a Siemens 300 mT/m Connectom 3T system, a Skope field camera, and optical tracking systems. The NMIF Investigators are: Derek Jones (PI, Cardiff University), Daniel Alexander (University College London), Richard Bowtell (University of Nottingham), , Mara Cerginani (University of Sussex), Flavio Dell’Acqua (Kings College London), Karla Miller (University of Oxford), Geoff Parker (University of Manchester), Krish Singh (Cardiff University) and Richard Wise (Cardiff University).

Strategic Objectives
1. To establish a National Microstructural Imaging Facility (NMIF);
2. To promote and support the use of the NMIF for the development of new methods for quantifying tissue microstructure;
3. To engage academic/industrial colleagues in the subsequent translation of the methods developed to new clinical measurements, medical devices and ultimately applications to study disease;
4. To engage the public in our work through art-science collaborations.

The NMIF conceived the idea for this meeting after the Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Highlights team invited Derek Jones (NMIF Director) to interview Dr John Tanner for the Highlights magazine.

Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Highlights was born at discussions held at the 2015 ISMRM Annual Meeting in Toronto. Its audience is the entire MR community, and beyond. Its goal is to extract the most important messages from the papers we publish, blend them with some of the author’s personality, and present the result in an easily-accessible format. Since its inception in August 2015, Highlights has published over 40 interviews with prominent contributors to the journal, including a ten-page cover story on Prof. Erwin Hahn, which turned out to be his last recorded interview.

Highlights is a volunteer effort, bringing together over 20 junior contributors who share a love of science and writing. Their efforts are coordinated by the journal’s Deputy Editor for Scientific Outreach, Nikola Stikov, and the Highlights Editor, Erika Raven.