The Korean Magnetic Resonance Society (KMRS) was founded in 1992 to promote scientific advancements in the field of magnetic resonance (MR) and spread up-to-date MR technologies by forming academic networks and encouraging scientific interactions. The KMRS has grown into a leading society for the Korean scientific communities of chemistry, biology, pharmacy, medicine, physics, and engineering. The late Dr. Jo-Woong Lee, the first and second president of the KMRS (1992–1996) and professor of Chemistry at Seoul National University, made considerable sacrifices to establish the KMRS as a solid academic society in Korea. Succeeding presidents, together with members of the board of directors, including Dr. Bong-Jin Lee—the 13th president (2016–2018) and professor of Pharmacy at Seoul National University—, also endeavored toward making the KMRS what it is today.
Great scientific achievements in the MR field are reported at the KMRS annual conferences held each summer and winter. Educational workshops are also held to enhance theoretical and technical understanding of MR phenomena and their applications.
The KMRS has been publishing the Journal of the Korean Magnetic Resonance Society (four issues per year) since 1997. The current editor-in-chief is Dr. Oc Hee Han of the Korea Basic Science Institute.
There is good news for Korea’s MR community: the KMRS Bidding Committee of the International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems (ICMRBS) 2022 has extended an invitation to hold ICMRBS 2022 in Korea. Hosting the ICMRBS 2022 in Korea will be a great opportunity for KMRS student members to meet eminent MR scientists in person and for young members to gain networking ties with scientists throughout the world.
I hope that each member of the KMRS will play an active role in the society and obtain excellent benefits from such participation. I also hope that the number of members in the society continues to grow.
Chaejoon Cheong, Ph.D.