The Medical College of Wisconsin General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) in conjunction with the Functional Imaging Research Center offers courses in both introductory and advanced functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Typically, the introductory course is offered in the late spring, and the advanced course is offered during the fall.
The introductory course is three-day workshop designed to introduce the basic and clinical researcher to the theoretical and practical issues involved in conducting Functional MRI experiments. Participants will gain an understanding of the physiological principles underlying the fMRI signal change, as well as the theoretical and practical considerations in research design. The course will include firsthand exposure to the scanning environment and data collection procedures. Participants will be provided conceptual and hands-on experience with data treatment and statistical analysis. At the completion of this course, it is expected that participants will be better prepared to critique, design, and conduct fMRI studies; appreciate limitations and potentials of current fMRI technology and techniques; and better understand the expertise required to establish an fMRI research program.
The introductory course is being offered on May 31 - June 2, 2007. More information can be found by visiting http://www.firc.mcw.edu/course/.
The advanced course is a four-day workshop is designed to provide the basic and clinical investigator with a comprehensive understanding of how to design, analyze, and interpret a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiment. At the completion of this course, it is expected that participants will learn to design and conduct a wide range of fMRI experiments; apply image processing software for extracting functional activity from task-activated fMRI time series; and gain a comprehensive understanding of group analysis and presentation techniques.
More information can be found by visiting http://www.firc.mcw.edu/advancecourse/.