Two-Week Multi-Modality Short Course
Robert L. Savoy, Ph.D., Course Director
The MGH/MIT/HMS Athinoula A. Martinos Center for
Biomedical Imaging, located in Charlestown Massachusetts (5 minutes from Boston) will be
offering a two-week program that will address the burgeoning collection of functional and
structural brain imaging methods.
This program represents a substantial extension
(in both time and content) of the Visiting Fellowship Program in Functional MRI that is held
several times a year at the same Center. The present
program will certainly include a great deal of content on Functional MRI, but that content will
be part of a more integrated approach that includes the entire arsenal of techniques currently
in use in Functional Brain Imaging.
The goal of this ambitious workshop is to demonstrate
the ways in which a large variety of techniques are being applied to questions in human brain
function. Participants will receive exposure to MRI, FMRI, DTI, DSI, MRS, PET, EEG, MEG,
NIRS, DOT, TMS, and a variety of molecular and computational approaches to studying human brain
function in vivo. There will also be some discussion of more invasive techniques
such as implanted electrodes and direct cortical stimulation---tools that are used before and
during surgery. To bring this heterogeneous collection of technologies together, a
number of unifying themes (in both the lectures and the classroom/laboratory activities)
will be used. Unifying themes will include mode of activation (blood-based, electrical,
trauma/clinical), physiological underpinnings (from basic biophysics of the effects to molecular
and energetic considerations), psychological (using all modalities on the same questions), and
others. Activities will include design of a variety of experiments, exposure to a variety
of software tools, tours and demonstrations of the techniques in action, and selected keynote
lectures to exemplify particular experimental domains in which many of these techniques have
been brought to bear on a specific problem.
The primary costs to participants
will be travelling to the workshop and accommodations. The latter will be most convenient
and economical at the Constitution Inn, right across the street from our building.
Applications are required and participation will be
limited to approximately 24 attendees. Please send inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org and refer to the Multi-Modality