Training Courses

Tuesday-Wednesday, November 12-13, 2019

Cortical Depth-Resolved fMRI Methods

NOTE: Registration is near capacity, enroll soon!


Cheryl Olman


Natalia Petridou, Kamil Uludag, Laurentius Huber, Tim van Mourik, Alessio Fracasso


As we push the limits of fMRI resolution, we are excited to explore the utility of depth-resolved fMRI, which means profiling the fMRI response in the gray matter of neocortex as a function of distance from the boundary where white matter ends and gray matter starts to the pial surface of the gray matter. This course convenes a working group of experts in the field to:
  • share datasets in which depth-resolved fMRI produces neuroscientifically satisfying results
  • share datasets that exemplify our most commonly encountered pitfalls
  • share and demonstrate best practices for acquiring data with sub-millimeter resolution
  • share the tools we've developed that preserve resolution throughout the analysis pipeline
During the 2-day meeting of the working group, we will have short and informal presentations by experts in the field, hands-on demonstrations of both acquisition and analysis, and discussion of how to create and maintain an open sharing platform that provides worldwide access to the tools necessary for good depth-resolved fMRI experiments.

High-Field Parallel Transmission and Engineering
(Data acquisition at 10.5 T)

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Pierre-Francois Van de Moortele, Gregor Adriany, and Xiaoping Wu

Engineering topics:

  • Ultra-high field MR system overview
  • Components of RF sub-system for typical ultra-high field MR scanners
  • Introduction to UHF transmit and receive coil array designs: dipoles, loops,monopoles, striplines, dielectrics
  • UHF electronics, T/R switch and preamplifier design
  • Example of antenna testing on the bench: decoupling, performance

Parallel excitation (pTX) methods:

  • MR based RF coil array characterization on a phantom
  • Fast multi-channel B1 mapping
  • Static B1 shim in small and large targets
  • Simultaneous multi-slice or multi-band pTX RF pulse design
  • Multi-dimensional pTX RF pulse design (spokes, transmit SENSE)
Experiments will be conducted in phantoms on a whole body 10.5 T Siemens system, equipped with 16 independent transmit channels.

MR Spectroscopy

NOTE: Registration is full - we are unable to accept

additional participants for this training course.


Malgorzata Marjanska


This course will focus on understanding the principles of 1H MRS and practical issues related to acquisition, processing, and analysis of single-voxel 1H MRS in human and animal brains at high and ultra-high field strengths.
Tuesday 8:30 Registration/Breakfast
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Introduction to Spectroscopy Malgorzata Marjanska
9:45 RF pulses Michael Garwood
10:45 Break
11:00 Single-Voxel Sequences Uzay Emir
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Motion Correction for MRS Pierre-Gilles Henry
13:30 Processing and Analysis Dinesh Deelchand
14:00 Parallel Lab Sessions
17:15 Adjourn
Wednesday 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Parallel Lab Sessions
12:15 Lunch
13:15 B0 Shimming Ivan Tkac
13:45 Spectral Quality Melissa Terpstra
14:45 Break
15:00 MRS applications Gulin Oz
16:00 Theoretical Benefits of Ultra-High Field for MRS Malgorzata Marjanska
16:30 Q&A with teachers
17:15 Adjourn

Parallel lab sessions:

  • Human - Siemens 3T or 7T, with Jim Joers and Young Park
  • Animal - Agilent 9.4T, with Ivan Tkac
  • Processing - Dinesh Deelchand (BYO laptop)