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Acknowledgements for the Simulation Application

This is a short, and likely incomplete, list of contributions and inspirations that helped in the development of a solid Simulation application. Along the way, we've given a nod towards a bit of history.

  • First and foremost a huge thank you to the original developers for the Vespa package, Philip Semanchuk, David Todd, Karl Young (and I guess me, Brian Soher) for the hard work and dedication to see this thing fly.
  • Also a solid nod towards the National Institutes of Health for funding this through grant number 1R01EB008387-01A1.
  • The metabolite prior information that populates the startup database and makes all the PyGamma simulations possible was derived from the stellar publication by Varanavasi Govindaraju (Govind!), Karl Young and Andrew Maudsley, in NMR in Biomedicine, Vol.13, pages 129-153. While there have been a few other contributions towards these values, this work is by far the keystone towards accurate and robust spectral simulation around.

Now for a little history and thank-yous! The original programs that inspired this work were developed by:

  • MatPulse - a solo masterpiece by Jerry Matson as part of his long and distinguished career at UC San Francico. This platform is a tool for producing optimized RF pulses for use in a variety of magnetic resonance investigations. Much of the work on this program has been 'cumulative' across the years. As part of its inclusion in the Vespa-RFPulse application, Dr. Matson has extensively consulted with us on which parts are most important, and in what order we should incorporate them.
  • GAVA - Brian Soher, Karl Young, Aaron Berstein and Zakaria Aygula with funding and inspiration from Andrew Maudsley at UC San Francico. This program was of course motivated by and made possible by the graduate work of Scott Smith who developed the GAMMA C++ spectral simulation library. Dr. Andrew Maudsley had both the inspiration (and funding) to want to make this resource available more easily to others in the clinical magnetic resonance world. Young and Berstein created the initial infrastructure for simulation under Linux. Soher translated this to Windows and wrapped it in an IDL GUI and GAVA was 'born'. Soher, Young and Aygula all worked on maintaining GAVA on Windows and Linux, and towards extending the ability of simulations to account for 'real world' condition while at University of Miami. Soher aquired funding for maintaining and extending GAVA into the Vespa-Simulation application in 2008.
  • IDL_Vespa - Brian Soher at Duke. Like many great things, or hopefully great things, this program came about out of laziness. As part of Dr. Soher's work with Andrew Maudsley at UC San Francisco and Miami, The SITools application toolbox for processing large spectroscopy data sets was slowly morphing into something ever larger and more regimented towards large data sets. This made testing small changes as well as new algorithms a long and tedious chore. Dr. Soher developed IDL_Vespa to handle smaller spectroscopy data sets and to be easier to use as a test bed for other changes.