Two-week Multimodality Short Course

Robert L. Savoy, Ph.D., Course Director
Next Program: April 27 - May 8, 2015

The 9th Multi-Modal Short Course (MMSC) will be held in the spring of 2015 at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, from April 27 - May 8, 2015. Note that this is a competitive application process.

  •     Applications were due by the end of January 31, 2015;
  •     Admission decisions were announced on February 15, 2015.
  •     If there are open spaces after that, they will be filled with later applicants.

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Previous Programs: Spring of 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.

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 and refer to the Multimodality Short Course.