Functional MRI Visiting Fellowship:
A Five Day Intensive Introduction
Robert L. Savoy, Ph.D., Director of fMRI Education
Bruce R. Rosen, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the MGH/MIT/HMS Martinos Center
Program Dates: Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2013
Program Code: 2013Sep30
SHORT COURSE IN FUNCTIONAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
The pioneering work of the Martinos Center has elicited an explosion of research
in functional brain imaging. While it has been known for almost 100 years that
neural activity causes localized changes in blood flow, and has been more recently
demonstrated that neural activity causes localized changes in blood oxygenation,
the tools for measuring these signals have historically been highly invasive
in animals, and moderately invasive in humans. The seminal work of an extraordinary
team of physicists, radiologists, and neuroscientists at the Martinos Center,
demonstrating that these changes and blood flow and blood oxygenation can be
detected by the non-invasive technology of MRI, has led to a dramatic increase
in functional brain imaging work with humans. Because this non-invasive technique
permits many repetitions of experimental procedures on a single subject, it
is rapidly becoming the method of choice for neuroscience research in functional
The purpose of the present course is to provide a serious introduction to this
field. It is primarily intended for people new to the field, though some experienced
scientists have found the program useful.
Students will receive a firm grounding in the fundamentals of fMRI. This will
include the basic physics of MR imaging, the biology and biophysics of the hemodynamic
responses to neural activity, data analysis (including both exploratory and
statistical analyses), stimulus presentation and response recording in the context
of high magnetic fields and electromagnetic pulses, and the design of perceptual
and cognitive experiments. Some advanced topics (especially related to
issues of connectivity) have been added.
A special emphasis of the course will be the design, implementation, and execution
of perceptual and/or cognitive experiments by the participants. Participants
will break into small groups to design their own fMRI experiments. Barring unforeseen
problems, some of these experiments will be executed, and the resulting data
analyzed, on the final day of the course.
The core faculty is drawn from the staff of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center
(of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and
affiliated faculty from Harvard University, Boston University, McLean Hospital and other institutions.
Course Lectures and Discussions will run from 8AM until approximately 6 PM
during all but the last day of the program, with additional activities scheduled
for some of the evenings. The last day will be shorter, ending no later than 3pm. The
program will include two sessions in an MRI suite: Onenormally on the
first day of the programto demonstrate the facilities
and to collect structural data on one or more subjects; The othernormally on the fourth
day of the programto run class-designed
fMRI experiments. On two evenings
we will enjoy a catered dinner in the Atrium Restaurant at the Martinos Center.
After these dinners we will re-convene to design and implement the fMRI experiments.
These two evening sessions normally end no later than 10PM.
Please use our REGISTRATION FORM to register.
Enrollment is limited; early registration is recommended.
FUNDING and FEEs
This program is sponsored in part by the Athinoula A Martinos Center for
Biomedical Imaging, which provides space, various imaging resources, and most of the faculty. The remainder of the funding
is provided by participant tuition. This tuition will be: US$1500 for regular participants and US$1000 for graduate students.
(Post-doctoral trainees who are unable to get institutional or grant funding—and must therefore pay the tuition
out-of-pocket—are eligible for a discounted rate of US$1250.)
Information regarding recommended and alternative accommodations can be found at: Accommodation Information.