Advanced Brain Imaging: "Beyond State-of-the-Art"
McLean, VA USA



This workshop will foster an open and collegial environment for the multi-directional exchange of ideas and information between imaging scientists, neuroradiologists, and luminary authorities’ expert in neurological disorders. The theme will be “advanced brain imaging – beyond state-of-the-art”. A short introductory session will explain the format  and “set the stage”.  Three disease-focused main sessions will follow:
  1. Cancer / Brain Tumors;
  2. "Cognition: Aging, Maturation and Neurological Disease", including degenerative diseases not related to aging, such as TBI, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, all of which have cognitive sequelae in their chronic stages; and
  3. Stroke.

Every session will be structured to maximize opportunities for interaction. Plenary lectures will be followed by breakout sessions, and each breakout group will present a summary of its discussion to the reconvened audience.

The overall goal will be to explore and disseminate new models of dealing with the pathobiology of the disease process and unmet needs of patients.



This workshop is designed for radiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and psychologists at least at an intermediate or higher level of understanding of brain MRI and related MR methods. It will also be of interest to imaging scientists and engineers who specialize in advanced MRI and related MR methods. The workshop is ideally suited for specialist clinicians and scientists working in academic hospitals and research institutes, and three or more years of work in the area of brain imaging or related fields would be helpful.

The attendee should be strongly interested in learning about new and emerging MRI methods, as well as willing to provide opinions on unmet needs for neurological diagnosis and imaging.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Incorporate new MR methods of studying stroke, brain tumors and cognitive disorders;
  • Implement functional MRI in brain tumor diagnosis, analysis and therapy planning;
  • Identify clinical problems that are not yet well-studied by MR methods in patients with these neurological disorders;
  • Appraise capabilities of current imaging methods in functional and structural connectivity of the brain;
  • Implement appropriate stroke imaging protocols to obtain information about anatomy, flow, perfusion, metabolism and cerebrovascular reserve; and
  • Identify scenarios for implementation of multi-disciplinary collaboration and research in advanced brain imaging.