CONN fcMRI workshop

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Fall 2024 (Sept 16 - Oct 18)

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Resting-state functional connectivity has taken the brain imaging community by storm. Five to ten minutes of MRI data collection from almost any subject or patient can reveal organized systems of activity in the brain that can be used in a wide variety of ways for basic and clinical research, and even to guide non-invasive brain stimulation. 

CONN is one of the most popular software packages for functional connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fcMRI) analyses of resting state and task fMRI data, with over 6,000 published studies to date using CONN. It is ranked in the top 1% most frequently viewed and downloaded neuroimaging tools in NITRC, and it enjoys a large and active user community, with over 2,000,000 page-views and 14,000 user-support posts.

In this workshop the neuroimaging researcher and lead developer of CONN, Alfonso Nieto-Castanon, brings his exceptional expertise to offer a course covering all aspects of functional connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fcMRI) analyses in CONN. The course welcomes both new and existing users. It covers basic and advanced features of CONN presented alongside a comprehensive review of key topics and state-of-the-art methods in functional connectivity analyses. Classroom presentations are followed by substantial time for questions and exercises using CONN with expert guidance available. Course attendees receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

This workshop is offered in two different modalities (offered at different times): 

Computational Neuroscience Research Lab
Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

The first is virtual through Zoom, where the full course contents are presented over a period of 5 weeks, with 3½-hour live classes twice a week. All live Zoom meetings are also recorded and made available to participants to review at any time during the course. There are also optional practice homework assignments and faculty is available during office-hour segments for additional questions or support. 

The second modality is in-person at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (MGH / Harvard / MIT) in Boston, where an accelerated one-week version of this course is offered. Classes are held Monday to Friday from 9AM to 5PM during a single week. Course contents are identical to the virtual/online course except for homework assignments, video recordings, or office-hours, which are not offered in the in-person modality due to time constraints. 

Course contents include: 

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Principal speaker: Alfonso Nieto-Castanon, Ph.D. (CNRL/BU/MIT)

Invited speakers: Robert L. Savoy, Ph.D. (MGH/HST)

Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Ph.D. (NEU/MIT/Harvard)