CONN

workshops

Next online workshop starts April 5 2024, registration is now open

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 analyses of resting state and task fMRI data, with over 5,600 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 1,900,000 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 analyses in CONN. The course welcomes both new and existing users. It covers basic and advanced features of CONN as well as general topics in functional connectivity analyses. Participants bring their own laptop computers, and classroom presentations are followed by substantial time for questions and exercises using CONN with expert guidance available. All course attendees receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

This workshop is offered in two different modalities. The first is online through Zoom, where the full course is presented over a period of 10 weeks, with weekly 3½-hour classes. Zoom meetings of each class are recorded and made available to students to view at any time during the course. There are also practice homework assignments, and faculty is available during office-hour segments for additional student 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. Course content is identical to the online course (except homework assignments or office-hours, which are not offered in the in-person modality due to time constrains)

See the course schedule for availability and further details, and the course registration if you would like to enroll in the next CONN workshop.

Principal speaker: Alfonso Nieto-Castanon, Ph.D.

Invited speakers: Robert L. Savoy, Ph.D., Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Ph.D., Sheeba Arnold Anteraper, Ph.D.

COURSE CONTENTS


WELCOME

CORE 1

Introduction to fcMRI and CONN

CORE 2

Preprocessing functional & anatomical data

CORE 3

Setup: importing all data and study details

CORE 4

Denoising & Quality Control

CORE 5

First-level analyses: SBC, RRC, gPPI & group-ICA

CORE 6

Second-level analyses: GLM, designs & examples

ADVANCED 1

Homework discussion & FC applications

ADVANCED 2

Cluster-level stats & graph theory

ADVANCED 3

Voxel-to-voxel, fc-MVPA & dynamic connectivity

ADVANCED 4

Parallelization options, HPC & scripting

schematic of CONN workshop course content