Absolute Beginnerís Guide to Neuroimaging Methods
ORGANIZERS: Xiaoping P. Hu, Ph.D., Kamil Uludag, Ph.D. & Matthias J. P. van Osch, Ph.D.

This four-hour course provides an introductory description of various MR neuroimaging approaches for basic scientists and clinicians. From Tuesday to Friday, the course will cover Diffusion MRI, Perfusion MRI, Functional MRI and Connectivity (functional and structural). The attendees will learn basic theory, acquisition and analysis of the respective approaches and will be educated to perform data acquisition and analysis with each approach This course will provide a framework for setting-up neuro MRI studies, analyzing the data and interpreting results, as well as providing a glimpse of future techniques that may supplant current state-of-the art methods.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
Describe the methods used to acquire and analyze Diffusion MRI data and their limitations;
Explain the methods used to acquire dynamic contrast enhanced MRI data and their limitations;
Describe the methods used to acquire arterial spin labeling MRI data and their limitations;
Explain the fundamentals of functional MRI and how to analyze fMRI data; and
Compare the basic approaches for both functional and structural connectivity analysis.
This course is designed for scientists and clinicians who are working or starting to work in the field of MR neuroimaging and would like to have an extensive overview of the scientific and technical underpinnings of these techniques. The course is aimed at beginners with basic knowledge of MRI but not necessarily familiarity with acquisition and analysis of the neuroimaging topic covered.


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  Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Moderator: Claudia A. Wheeler-Kingshott, Ph.D.
07:00 Diffusion Basics Alexander Leemans, Ph.D.
07:30 Diffusion Analysis Bram Stieltjes, M.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
  Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Moderator: Matthias J. P. van Osch, Ph.D.
07:00 Perfusion: ASL Basics & Analysis Maria A. Fernandez-Seara, Ph.D.
07:30 Perfusion: DSC & DCE Basics & Analysis Steven P. Sourbron, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
  Thursday, 10 May 2012
Moderator: Xiaoping P. Hu, Ph.D.
07:00 fMRI Basics Essa S. Yacoub, Ph.D.
07:30 fMRI Analysis Stephen M. LaConte, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
  Friday, 11 May 2012
Moderator: Kamil Uludag, Ph.D.
07:00 Functional Connectivity Mark J. Lowe, Ph.D.
07:30 Other Measures of Networks Tianming Liu, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment