Advanced fMRI Techniques & Functional Connectivity Assessment
ORGANIZERS: Peter A. Bandettini, Ph.D. & Karla L. Miller, Ph.D.
Sunday, 8 May 2011

This one-day advanced course will cover a range of recent advances in functional MRI, including both technical developments and recent experimental methods. Lectures will cover topics in engineering/physics, basic neuroscience and clinical neurology. Principal topics covered will include:
Novel contrast mechanisms for measuring brain activity;
Novel contrast mechanisms for measuring brain activity;
Concepts and techniques for functional connectivity; and
Use of functional connectivity in basic and clinical neuroscience.
The goal is to provide scientists with a basic understanding of functional MRI with an overview of the most recent advances in fMRI methodology.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
Describe the shortcomings of conventional fMRI acquisition techniques and identify state-of-the-art methods for overcoming these issues;
Identify alternative contrast mechanisms for detecting brain activity using MRI;
Explain why fMRI signal changes can be difficult to interpret, and techniques that ameliorate interpretation confounds;
Describe the basic phenomena observed in functional connectivity fMRI experiments and the spatial and temporal characteristics of intrinsic synchronous fluctuations;
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of available techniques for defining synchronous brain regions and using them to infer the structure of brain networks; and
Identify and describe several major findings that relate task-absent fMRI signal to clinical and basic neuroscience, and evidence that these signals reflect connectivity in the brain.

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  Advanced fMRI Techniques: Acquisition  
08:00 Going 3D: Volumetric Acquisition Methods   David Feinberg, M.D., Ph.D.
08:20 Multi-Echo Acquisition   Benedikt A. Poser, Ph.D.
08:40 Parallel & Inverse Imaging Techniques   Fa-Hsuan Lin, Ph.D.
09:00 Prospective Correction of Motion & Artifacts   Maxim Zaitsev, Ph.D.
09:20 Translating High Field into High Resolution   Jonathan R. Polimeni, Ph.D.
09:40 Real Time fMRI   Stephen M. LaConte, Ph.D.
10:00 Break  
  10:00 - 10:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Advanced fMRI Techniques: Contrast  
10:30 Spin-Echo Techniques   Noam Harel, Ph.D.
10:50 Steady-State Free Precession Techniques   Jongho Lee, Ph.D.
11:10 Improving Interpretability: ASL & VASO   Manus J. Donahue, Ph.D.
11:30 Calibrated fMRI   - permission withheld Yihong Yang, Ph.D.
11:50 What Can MRS Tell Us about Brain Activity?   - permission withheld Wei Chen, Ph.D.
12:10 Can MRI Detect Neuronal Activity Directly?   Allen W. Song, Ph.D.
12:30 Break  
  12:30 - 12:45 Meet the Teachers  
  Functional Connectivity  
13:30 What is the State of the Field?   Michael D. Greicius, M.D., M.P.H.
14:00 Characteristics of Resting State Fluctuations   David A. Leopold, Ph.D.
14:30 Break  
  14:30 - 14:45 Meet the Teachers  
15:00 Seeds vs ICA: How to Analyze Data   Christian F. Beckmann, Ph.D.
15:20 Multi-Modal Fluctuations & Correlations   Helmut Laufs, M.D.
15:40 Nonstationarity of Resting State Signal   Catherine E. Chang, M.S.
16:00 Causality from fMRI? Yes!   Alard Roebroeck, Ph.D.
16:20 Causality from fMRI? No!   Olivier David, Ph.D.
16:40 Clinical & Neuroscience Applications   Jessica S. Damoiseaux, Ph.D.
17:00 Adjournment  
  17:00-17:15 Meet the Teachers