ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting & Exhibition 20-26 April 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

fMRI: From Basic to Intermediate Brain Connectivity, Part 2
SKILL LEVEL: Basic to Advanced
ORGANIZERS: Manus J. Donahue, Ph.D. & Karla L. Miller, Ph.D.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Part 2 of the course (Sunday afternoon) focuses on recent advances in using FMRI to study brain connectivity. This part of the course will begin with didactic lectures, then transition to a more interactive format. This latter part of the course will include a series of rapid-fire 5-minute talks highlighting the challenges to using FMRI for connectivity in different regimes, and end with a panel discussion by the Sunday afternoon faculty.
Researchers from a broad range of backgrounds (methodological, basic and clinical neuroscience) who are interested in the development and application of functional MRI to address neuroscientific questions. Following introductory lectures aimed at novices, the course will delve into advanced topics at the state-of-the-art in fMRI.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Overview our current understanding of connectivity as detected through task-absent fMRI;
  • Describe several technical approaches to connectivity and network modeling using fMRI; and
  • Recognize challenges and opportunities applying fMRI connectivity analysis to basic and clinical neuroscience, from single subjects to large populations.


Moderators: Manus J. Donahue, Ph.D. & Karla L. Miller, Ph.D.

      fMRI for Connectivity  
13:30 Task-Less fMRI: The Phenomenon of Intrinsic Signal Fluctuations Catherine E. Chang, Ph.D.
14:00   Network Discovery with fMRI: Analytic Choices & Their Implications Vince D. Calhoun, Ph.D.
14:30   Using Task-Absent Functional Neuroimaging to Study Brain Function Daniel Margulies, Ph.D.
15:00  Connectomics: Parcellation & Network Analysis Methods Gael Varoquaux, Ph.D.
15:30     Break - Meet the Teachers  
      Connectivity in Practice  
16:00   Diseases of Connectivity Francioso Xavier Castellanos, M.D.
16:30 Connectivity Studies in Large Populations: Towards Defining Disease Mechanisms & Risk Paul M. Matthews, Ph.D., D.Phil.
      Roundtable: What Can Connectivity Contribute to Basic Neuroscience, Disease Mechanisms & Clinical Practice?
17:00   Current Limitations, Pitfalls & Criticisms Gael Varoquaux, Ph.D.
17:05   Connectivity in Basic Neuroscience Daniel Margulies, Ph.D.
17:10     Connectivity for Disease Mechanisms Paul M. Matthews, M.D., D.Phil.
17:15     Connectivity in the Clinic Francioso Xavier Castellanos, M.D.
17:20     Roundtable Discussion All Speakers
18:00      Adjournment  
      18:00-18:15 Meet the Teachers