Sunrise Course:
Brain: An Absolute Beginnerís Guide to Anatomical & Functional MRI
Organizer: Geoffrey J.M. Parker, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Basic
Tuesday - Friday, 4-7 May 2010
07:00 - 08:00

In four 1-hour sessions, this course will provide an introduction to how MRI of the human brain works. A different MRI technique will be presented on each day: quantitative MRI, diffusion, functional MRI, and perfusion. Each topic will cover the neuroanatomical and physiological features relevant for the technique, the basic principles, underlying physics, and the most commonly used data acquisition and analysis methods. Lectures will be followed by a period for questions.

This course is designed for both new and experienced researchers and clinicians seeking a complete introduction to neuroimaging techniques. No prior knowledge of the methodology is required. Attendees will be a mix of postgraduate students, clinicians and researchers. Clinicians who have a need to develop knowledge in quantitative neuroimaging techniques and their applications could greatly benefit from this course.

Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
  • Identify the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological parameters which are accessible to MR measurement;
  • Describe the underlying physics of MR neuroimaging techniques;
  • Describe the data acquisition and analysis techniques most commonly used for anatomical and functional MRI of the brain;
  • Recognize the potential value of advances such as parallel imaging, fast imaging techniques and high magnetic field strengths for imaging the brain; and
  • Name typical clinical applications for which specific MRI techniques are suited.

07:00 Beginners' Guide to Quantitative MRI Ralf Deichmann, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
07:00 Absolute Beginners' Guide to Perfusion MRI Laura M. Parkes, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
07:00 Absolute Beginners' Guide to Diffusion MRI Derek K. Jones, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
07:00 Absolute Beginners' Guide to Functional MRI Peter A. Bandettini, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  


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