Connectomics is one of the hottest inter-disciplinary topics today. It links Computer Science and Engineering with Life Sciences and Medicine. Connection networks grow over functional (fMRI, ASL, EEG) and structural (diffusion weighted MRI) data and the integration of the two in both static and dynamic conditions would shed light on the way our brain actually works. Connectomics also holds paramount potential for clinical applications through the characterization of the network's modulation in pathologies and the assessment of the treatment. In particular, it allows capturing the plasticity processes that are due to different causes including learning, aging and recovering from injury.
The School on Brain Connectomics aims at gathering the knowledge in the different fields that are touched by these topics, providing the students a comprehensive view of this research area as well as awareness about the cutting-edge methodological, experimental and clinical aspects that are involved.
The School articulates in four days respectively focusing on diffusion MRI and microstructure (Session 1), functional neuroimaging (Session 2), connectivity models (Session 3) and clinical aspects (Session 4). Each day will alternate teaching hours (2 hours/speaker) with a "Diving Into Science" (DIS) session that will be described in the following.
The School will be held at the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of Verona.
Speakers will present their topic in morning (8:30-10:30 and 11:00-13:00) and afternoon sessions (14:00-16:00), in short courses of two hours. At the end of each day a slot of two hours will be dedicated to DIS. The last day will cover the morning session with seminars while a practical session will take place in the afternoon (to be confirmed).
The opening lecture will be held by Prof. Rachid Deriche, winner of the ERC Advanced grant with the project CoBCoM "Computational Brain Connectivity Mapping".
Monday 19 - Opening / Diffusion and microstructre
|8:30 - 9:00||---- Registration ----|
|9:05 - 9:15||Welcome from Prof. Mario Pezzotti, Rector's delegate for Research|
|Time||Speaker||Title||9:15 - 10:15||Rachid Deriche||Computational Brain Connectivity Mapping via Diffusion MRI|
|10:30 - 12:30||Jean-Philippe Thiran||An overview on the connected brain|
|13:30 - 15:30||Flavio Dell'Acqua||Studying Connectional Neuroanatomy with Diffusion Imaging: From post-mortem dissection to local diffusion modelling|
|15:45 - 17:45||Markus Nilsson||Imaging microstructure by diffusion MRI: The role of non-conventional pulse sequences|
|19:00 -||Welcome reception @Chiostro Santa Maria delle Vittorie|
Tuesday 20 - Tractography and beyond
|9:00 - 11:00||Maxime Descoteaux||Tractography background, False positive of tractography: open problems for structural connectomics|
|11:15 - 13:15||Alessandro Daducci||Estimating brain connectivity with diffusion MRI: state-of-the-art and open challenges|
|14:15 - 16:15||Angelo Bifone||Modular organization of brain connectivity networks|
|16:30 - 18:30||-||DIS session|
Wednesday 21 - Functional imaging
|9:00 - 11:00||Olivier Coulon||Seeding connectivity: cortical parcellation|
|11:15 - 13:15||Louis Lemieux||Multimodal functional imaging and connectivity|
|14:15 - 16:15||Dimitri Van De Ville||Functional connectivity models: from blobs to (dynamic) networks|
|16:30 - 18:30||-||DIS session|
Thursday 22 - Networks and Graphs
|9:00 - 11:00||Marina Bentivoglio||Structural versus functional neuronal connectivity|
|11:15 - 13:15||Cristina Granziera||Multi-contrast brain connectivity: concepts and clinical applications|
|14:15 - 15:15||Alessandra Griffa||Mapping spatio-temporal coherence on brain networks: dMRI-fMRI integration and applications to psychotic disorders|
|15:30 - 17:30||-||DIS session|
Groups of students will be formed leaded by a tutor for each topic. The tutor will select 2 papers for each speaker of the Session to be read by the students in the topic group. The DIS session will consist in an open discussion chaired by the tutor with the speakers of the topic.
Participants wishing to present their work may prepare a poster (size: max A0 (842 x 1189 mm)). Those who plan to present a poster must send an email with a short abstract to info [at] brainconnectomics [dot] org no later than Sept. 9 2016.
Signal Processing Lab. (LTS5), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
Sherbrook Connectivity Imaging Lab. (SCIL), Sherbrook University, Canada
Radiology Dept., Vaud University Hospital (CHUV) and LTS5-EPFL, Switzerland
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and University of Geneva, Switzerland
Radiology Dept., Vaud University Hospital (CHUV) and LTS5-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Registration fee: € 150. The number of participants is limited to 50. Priority will be given to PhD students.
The applicant must be a PhD student or a post-doc
A signed motivation letter from the applicant that includes a statement indicating how this School may benefit the applicant's current or future research or training
The applicant's curriculum vitae
If the applicant is a PhD student, a signed letter from the applicant's supervisor confirming his/her enrollment in a PhD course
Applicants should send the necessary documentation via email at the following address: info [at] brainconnectomics [dot] org (CC gloria.menegaz [at] univr [dot] it ). If you don't receive any acknowledgement of reception within 2 days please contact gloria.menegaz [at] univr [dot] it .
Deadline for Submission is 23:59 US EDT on Sept. 2th 2016.
Positions are still available, please send your application within Sept. 9
Notification of acceptance: Sept. 9th 2016
After the notification of acceptance, payments can be made either via credit card at the following link:
or via bank transfer directed to "Dipartimento di Informatica Università degli Studi di Verona" using the following coordinates:
Banca Popolare di Verona S.G.S.P.
IBAN: IT05 O 05034 11750 000000011066
Swift code BAPPIT21001
NOTE: If the payment is made by an italian public authority, please contact us beforehand at info [at] brainconnectomics [dot] org