Weekday Educational Course:
The Rise and Fall of the Brain, Part I: The Developing Brain
Organizers: P. Ellen Grant, M.D. and John Port, M.D., Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Monday, 20 April 2009
11:00 - 13:00

In this two hour course, the first of each pair of speakers will provide a broad overview of normal brain development and current MRI techniques (how I do it), while the second speaker will focus on the MR appearance of various developmental brain abnormalities that can occur. The first pair of speakers will explore fetal brain development (18-40 weeks GA), discussing abnormalities as well as the technical limitations and detectability issues involved with fetal MRI. The second pair of speakers will explore normal brain development in postnatal infants and abnormalities in brain myelination.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the basic phases of brain development in the fetal and infant age ranges;
  • List the imaging findings seen with various developmental brain abnormalities;
  • Describe the basic MRI techniques necessary to obtain good quality fetal and infant brain imaging;
  • Recognize the challenges, limitations, and pitfalls of current imaging techniques with respect to this challenging patient population; and
  • Discuss future potential MR imaging techniques for the diagnosis of these entities

Monday, 20 April 2009
11:00 MRI of Normal Fetal Brain Development Richard L. Robertson, M.D..
11:30 MRI of Fetal Developmental Anomalies Nadine J. Girard, M.D.
12:00 Cortical Folding and Connectivity in the Developing Brain Petra S. Huppi, M.D.
12:30 Abnormalities Affecting Post Natal White Matter Development: Leukodystrophies Florian Eichler, M.D.
13:00 Adjournment