Advanced Neuroimaging 1
Clinical Intensive Education Option
ORGANIZERS: Nicola De Stefano, M.D., Ph.D., Marco Essig, M.D., Ph.D., Nadine J. Girard, M.D., Jeffrey Joseph Neil, M.D., Ph.D. & Afonso C. Silva, Ph.D.
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
Saturday, 7 May 2011

In this one-day course, speakers will be both physicians and physicists. The topics to be covered are:
High field MRI (3T and 7T) patient safety, RF considerations, portability of imaging protocols;
Nonconventional sequences perfusion, diffusion, spectroscopy;
Functional connectivity MRI underlying neurophysiology, clinical applications;
Susceptibility-weighted imaging underlying physics, clinical applications; and
Non-proton MR 23Na and 13C MRI and MRS.
The overall goal is to familiarize physicians, physicists and technologists with advanced MR methods.  The format will be didactic sessions with time allotted for discussion.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of high-field MRI;
Describe recent advances in perfusion MRI, diffusion MRI and MRS;
Describe the state of knowledge regarding functional connectivity MRI and susceptibility-weighted MRI;
Describe potential clinical utility of functional connectivity MRI and susceptibility-weighted MRI;
Explain recent advances in 23Na MRI and MRS; and
Explain recent advances in 13C MRS.

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  High Field (3T --> 7T)  
09:00 Patient Safety   -permission withheld Michael Bock, Ph.D.
09:30 RF Coils   Lawrence L. Wald, Ph.D.
10:00 Portability of Clinical Protocol (Conventional Sequences)   Peter G. Morris, Ph.D.
10:30 Break  
  10:30 - 10:45 Meet the Teachers  
  Non-Conventional Sequences  
11:00 Perfusion   Sardha Lalith Talagala, Ph.D.
11:30 Diffusion   Susumu M. Mori, Ph.D.
12:00 MR Spectroscopy   Peter B. Barker, D.Phil.
12:30 Break  
  12:30 - 12:45 Meet the Teachers  
  Functional Connectivity  
14:00 Basics (Neural Networks, Neurophysiology)   Stefan Sunaert, M.D., Ph.D.
14:30 Clinical Use of fcMRI Francesco Di Salle, M.D.
  Magnetic Susceptibility Contrast  
15:00 Basics (Sources of Susceptibility, Pulse Sequence)   -permission withheld Jeff H. Duyn, Ph.D.
15:30 Clinical Use of SWI   Toshiaki Taoka, M.D., Ph.D.
16:00 Break  
  16:00 - 16:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Non-Proton MR  
16:30 23Na MRI/MRS   Matilde Inglese, M.D., Ph.D.
17:00 13C MRS   Brian D. Ross, Ph.D. & Napapon Sailasuta, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment  
  17:30-18:00 Meet the Teachers