ISMRM 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition 30 May - 05 June 2015 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Advanced fMRI: Techniques & Applications
ORGANIZERS: Jay J. Pillai, M.D. & Jonathan R. Polimeni, Ph.D.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
This session will cover advanced topics in fMRI including data-driven analysis approaches, advanced functional connectivity, the underpinnings of the BOLD response, the various fMRI signals and their interrelationship, comparisons of fMRI to PET and electrophysiology, and emerging clinical applications of fMRI.
Cognitive neuroscientists, clinicians and imaging scientists who currently utilize fMRI and for medical physicists and engineers developing new fMRI methodologies. This course assumes basic knowledge of fMRI and a working knowledge of neuroscience, MR data acquisition, and basic analysis methods.

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

  • Perform data driven analyses of fMRI data;
  • Explain the static and dynamic factors that give rise to observed functional connectivity patterns;
  • Describe the relationship between the BOLD signal and different aspects of neuronal activity;
  • Appreciate the importance of the individual hemodynamic and metabolic components that contribute to the overall BOLD signal;
  • Recommend the appropriate acquisition technique to measure a particular fMRI signal;
  • Describe the ways in which simultaneous MR-PET can inform both the fMRI signal and PET measurements; and
  • Discuss emerging research applications of fMRI, e.g. in neuropsychiatric disease, that demonstrate promise for future translation into clinical practice.


Moderators: Jay J. Pillai, M.D. & Jonathan R. Polimeni, Ph.D.

08:30 Data Driven & Exploratory Analyses
Vesa J. Kiviniemi, M.D., Ph.D.
09:00 Dynamic Functional Connectivity
Catherine E. Chang, Ph.D.

Comparing fMRI with Electrophysiological Recordings
Afonso C. Silva, Ph.D.
10:00   Break & Meet the Teachers  
10:20 fMRI Using CBF, CBV & CMRO2
Daniel P. Bulte, Ph.D.
10:50 Simultaneous fMR-PET Imaging
Joseph B. Mandeville, Ph.D.
11:20 Emerging Clinical Applications of fMRI
Beau M. Ances, M.D., Ph.D.
11:50   Adjournment & Meet the Teachers