Multimodality Short Course

Robert L. Savoy, Ph.D., Course Director
Next Program: April 2-8, 2017 (Sun->Sat)

The Multimodality Short Course is a new, more compact (i.e., shorter) version of a two-week-long program that had been run at the Martinos Ceter from 2007-2016, under the auspices of a specific, time-limited NIH funding mechanism.  The new version will be similar in most ways to that program, but different in a few important ways, as listed below:

  • As in the past, participants will be exposed to a host of functional brainimagin technologies by leading experts in the respective technologies, including: MRI, fMRI, MRS, PET, TMS, EEG, MEG, NIRS, and others.
  • Admission is on a first-come / first-served basis.  (There is no longer a competitive admission proecess.)
  • The duration of the program is 7 days (6 nights) from Sunday through Saturday.
  • Tuition will be US$2000 for regular registration; US$1700 for post-doctoral fellows; $US1300 for graduate students.
  • Faculty will be drawn primarily from the Martinos Center for Biomedial Imaging, with additional lecturers from other institutions including MIT, Harvard University, McLean Hospital, Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital.

The application page and other information will be updated shortly to reflect the schedule for the 2017 program.

Application Page

Faculty Interests
Download the Two Week Schedule for 2012 Program
Download the Table of Contents for 2012 Program
Administration Page

Content below is from the Previous Programs: Spring of 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

The MGH/MIT/HMS Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, located in Charlestown Massachusetts (5 minutes from Boston), offers a two-week program that will address the burgeoning collection of functional and structural brain imaging methods.

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.

Please send inquiries to and refer to the MultiModality Short Course.