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

Introduction to Functional MRI
ORGANIZERS: Peter Jezzard, Ph.D. & James J. Pekar, Ph.D.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
This session will cover introductory topics in fMRI, including the basics of brain physiology and the origins of the fMRI signal, the effective design of fMRI paradigms, the analysis of fMRI data, and will provide an introduction to resting-state fMRI and wider applications of fMRI in basic and clinical neuroscience.
This course is intended for clinicians and basic science researchers, including medical physicists, who need or wish to understand the fundamentals of functional MRI. This course does not assumes previous knowledge of fMRI.

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

  • Discuss the origins of the fMRI signal;
  • Describe the main data acquisition methods;
  • Design a robust paradigm for an fMRI study;
  • Review the basic pre-processing steps required to avoid unwanted noise;
  • Construct and apply an appropriate data analysis model;
  • Review how resting state fMRI can be used to examine networks in the brain; and
  • Provide examples of basic and clinical neuroscience applications of fMRI.


Moderators: James J. Pekar, Ph.D. & Joshua S. Shimony, M.D., Ph.D.

14:00 The Physiological Basis of the fMRI Signal
Claudine Gauthier, Ph.D.
14:30 Data Acquisition Considerations
Fa-Hsuan Lin, Ph.D.
15:00 Paradigm Design
Jeroen C. W. Siero, Ph.D.
15:30   Break & Meet the Teachers  
15:50 Pre-Processing of fMRI Data
Stephen C. Strother, Ph.D.
16:20 Analyzing Data Using the General Linear Model
Robert L. Barry, II, Ph.D.
16:50 Introduction to Resting-State fMRI & Functional Connectivity
Joshua S. Shimony, M.D., Ph.D.
17:20 Example Applications of fMRI in Basic & Clinical Neuroscience
Natalie L. Voets, Ph.D.
17:50   Adjournment & Meet the Teachers