Workshop Description (2016)
This workshop is aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in exploring advanced topics in medical imaging, with a particular focus on the brain. The workshop will cover a number of emerging technologies and concepts including optical imaging, CT/PET/MR, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, machine learning and large scale imaging trials. The sessions will include lectures and interactive learning focused on theory, concepts, animal models and clinical applications as well as a hands-on component. The workshop will also include guest lectures by medical imaging experts from across Canada.
This three-day workshop is comprised of lectures and hands-on analysis and visualization sessions on the latest technologies and concepts in medical imaging, with a particular focus on the brain. See below for a description of each workshop session:
Optical Imaging, Dr. Majid Mohajerani, University of Lethbridge
Neuroimaging has developed rapidly in recent years, and has had a profound effect on how we understand the nervous system. In this seminar, we aimed to provide trainees with a comprehensive overview of the optical imaging techniques that are currently used in neuroscience research. In addition, we will discuss how optical neuroimaging methods can advance our understanding of healthy brain function and neuropsychiatric and neurologic disorders. The session will end with a short hands-on tutorial on optical imaging data analysis.
Quantitative CT, PET, MRI, Dr. Alan Wilman, University of Alberta
This seminar will entail three 40 minute talks from experts in three imaging modalities: Computed Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The focus of the talks will be on delivering basic imaging and analysis concepts to understand specific emerging quantitative imaging methods. There will also be a hands-on session to examine quantitative imaging data. The main objective is to gain an understanding of the ability of each method to quantify biologically important parameters.
Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), Dr. Ashley Harris, University of Calgary
This seminar will include talks from three experts to provide an overview of the fundamentals of 1H-MR spectroscopy, the metabolites that can be measured with this technique and a brief introduction to editing – a more advanced MRS method. A hands-on component will provide attendees some experience with looking at data and evaluating data quality. The main objective is to provide an overview of MRS methodology and its application.
Introduction to Machine Learning in Imaging, Dr. Richard Frayne, University of Calgary
This seminar will provide an introduction to machine learning in imaging and its applications in clinical and research settings. The session will conclude with a hands-on component.
Imaging Processing of Structural MRI and Large-Scale Imaging Trials, Fil Cortese, University of Calgary
This seminar will concentrate on structural MRI cortical surface segmentation, using tools such as CIVET and Freesurfer, to allow for volumetric functions such as cortical thickness, cortical surface area, and cortical volume. We will also discuss how to perform large-scale studies using unique computational methods. This module will include a hands-on session to familiarize the participant with current software tools.
The Workshop Schedule is available here and is subject to change.
See workshop schedule above
Frank Prato, Western University
Alex MacKay, University of British Columbia
- Graduate level students (Masters or PhD) and postdoctoral fellows registered full-time in a post-secondary institution working in neuroscience or a related discipline
- Although preference will be given to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff are also welcome to apply.
- Prerequisite: Introductory graduate level medical imaging course or equivalent knowledge/experience. Students can outline equivalent experience on the application.
Registration is limited to 50 participants. Priority is given to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who meet the eligibility criteria and are registered in a Campus Alberta Neuroscience partner institution (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge).
Applications are to be submitted online via the form available here. Note that submission of this form does not guarantee participation in the workshop. All applications will be reviewed by the planning committee. Invitations to participate in the workshop will be sent soon after the registration deadline.
A nominal registration fee of $50 will be charged to participants to help defray the costs of the workshop. Lunches and refreshment break will be provided for the duration of the workshop, as well as a workshop dinner on June 21.
Campus Alberta Neuroscience and the CREATE I3T Program will provide financial support for costs associated with ground transportation and accommodation for Alberta trainees/faculty who are from outside of Calgary. Expenses related to ground transportation and accommodation are covered only if the workshop is attended in full. Only costs related to this workshop will be reimbursed and are at the discretion of the sponsors.
Non-Alberta based attendees will be required to cover all costs associated with the workshop, including travel, meals and accommodation.
Notice of Decision
Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision via email by Campus Alberta Neuroscience. Those accepted into the workshop will be provided with additional information in advance of the workshop. The package will include additional details on the workshop content, fees, travel, meals and accommodation.
If you are interested in applying to this program and require further information, please contact Michelle Mather.