Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014 10-16 May 2014 Milan, Italy

An Update on fMRI
SKILL LEVEL: Basic to Intermediate
ORGANIZERS: Jonathan R. Polimeni, Ph.D. & Kamil Uludag, Ph.D.
Saturday, 10 May 2014 (08:30 - 11:30)
This course will provide an introduction to fMRI with an emphasis on new and emerging techniques and neuroscientific applications. Recent developments in fMRI acquisition and analysis technologies have expanded the range of possible experiments, and ongoing work from other fields (such as optical imaging) have provided deeper insight into the fundamentals underlying neurovascular coupling. The overview of the current state of fMRI provided in this course will serve both as an introduction to current fMRI techniques and applications and as a update on how fMRI is being used today and will be used in the future.
Physicists, technologists, clinicians, and neuroscientists who wish to know the current state-of-the art of fMRI applied to understanding brain function and disease---from acquisition to analysis---and the theoretical and practical limits of fMRI. This course will cover the broad range of topics with which any user or developer of fMRI must be familiar. Each lecture will begin with introductory material, and end with advanced concepts and overview recent results, and so the course will be relevant for fMRI novices and experts.

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the current techniques and applications of fMRI;
  • Discuss the limits placed on fMRI resolution by neurovascular coupling;
  • Understand the current practical limits on fMRI resolution, spatial and temporal;
  • Select the analysis approach appropriate for a given study;
  • Appraise the available acquisition methods and choose which is appropriate for a given study; and
  • Understand what clinical applications benefit most from fMRI.


Moderators: Jonathan R. Polimeni, Ph.D. & Kamil Uludag, Ph.D.

08:30 Neurovascular Coupling, Revisited Anna Devor, Ph.D.
09:00 fMRI Analysis Methods: Classics & New Trends Robert W. Cox, Ph.D.
09:25 fMRI Acquisition Strategies David A. Feinberg, M.D., Ph.D.
09:50     Break - Meet the Teachers  
10:15 Basic Neuroscience: fMRI Studies of Sensory Systems Federico De Martino, Ph.D.
10:40 High-Resolution fMRI in Humans: What is the Limit? Robert Turner, Ph.D.
11:05 Clinical Applications of fMRI: From Presurgical Planning to Functional Connectivity Natalie L. Voets, Ph.D.
11:30     Adjournment  
      11:30-11:45 Meet the Teachers