Weekend Educational Course:
Brain Connectivity Assessment with MRI
Organizer: Peter A. Bandettini, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Saturday, 1 May 2010

This one day course will provide an overview of the concept of functional connectivity and how it is defined, measured, and used for the advancement of neuroscience and in clinical applications. The main areas to be covered are:
  • Connectivity assessment of spontaneous oscillations in fMRI
  • Connectivity assessment with diffusion imaging
  • Bringing the modalities together: applications
We will begin with overview talks on how connectivity is defined, why it is important, and how it is measured. Then specifics of connectivity assessment will be discussed and the use of spontaneous oscillations in fMRI and diffusion imaging for the assessment of connectivity presented. We will cover potential pitfalls in interpretation, artifacts in the latest techniques, as well as some of the possibilities and current applications. Lastly, methods that attempt to bring multiple modalities and animal models together to assess and understand functional connectivity will be described.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
  • Define functional connectivity and describe how it is relevant to clinical applications;
  • List the major MRI and non-MRI techniques to measure functional connectivity;
  • Describe the latest technical advances in functional connectivity assessment and discuss the current limitations in the technique;
  • Describe the current status of methods to quantify connectivity and perfusion-related parameters in the healthy brain, and compare the methodology to those needed for robust quantification in the diseased brain;
  • Describe some of the shortcomings and unique advantages of functional connectivity assessment for those with pathology; and
  • Describe how DTI and fMRI can be used in conjunction to assess connectivity.

08:30 Why is Connectivity Assessment Important to Neuroscience &
to Understanding Disease?
Klaas Enno Stephan, M.D.
09:00 Large/Small World Connectivity & Predicting Spontaneous Oscillation Networks from Diffusion Data Patric Hagmann, M.D., Ph.D.
09:30 Break  
  09:30 - 09:45 Meet the Teachers  
  Connectivity Assessment with Spontaneous Oscillations in fMRI
10:00 Methods for Assessment of Functional Connectivity Baxter P. Rogers, Ph.D.
10:30 Spontaneous Oscillations in fMRI: History & Perspective Mark J. Lowe, Ph.D.
11:00 Methods for Processing Spontaneous Oscillations in fMRI Stephen M. Smith, D.Phil.
11:30 Artifacts & Artifact Removal in Spontaneous Oscillation Connectivity Assessment Rasmus M. Birn, Ph.D.
12:00 Connectivity Measured with EEG & fMRI Silvina G. Horovitz, Ph.D.
12:30 Break  
  12:30 - 12:45 - Meet the Teachers  
  Connectivity Assessment with Diffusion Imaging  
14:00 Diffusion Imaging & Connectivity Peter J. Basser, Ph.D.
14:30 Anatomical Connectivity Assessment Heidi Johansen-Berg, D.Phil., M.Sc.
15:00 Break  
  15:00 - 15:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Bringing the Modalities Together: Applications  
15:30 Multimodal Fusion of EEG & fMRI for Connectivity Anthony McIntosh, Ph.D.
16:00 Dynamics at Rest: Information Content in Resting fMRI John Suckling, Ph.D.
16:30 Spontaneous Oscillations Assessed in Children & with Anesthetic Vesa J. Kiviniemi, M.D.
17:00 Connectivity Measured in Animal Models David A. Leopold, Ph.D.
17:30 Adjournment  
  17:30 - 17:45 Meet the Teachers  


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