[visionlist] 2019 Summer School on Brain Connectomics - Sept. 23-27 - University of Verona

Gloria Menegaz gloria.menegaz at gmail.com
Tue May 7 10:43:35 -04 2019


After the success of the past editions, we are pleased to announce the
third edition of the Summer School on Brain Connectomics, to be held at the
Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona from 23rd to
27th September.


Technical description. Connectomics is one of the hottest
inter-disciplinary topics today. It links computer science and Engineering
with life and neurosciences. Connection networks grow over functional
(fMRI, ASL, EEG, MEG) and structural (diffusion-weighted MRI) data and the
integration of the two in both static and dynamic conditions sheds light on
the way our brain actually works. Connectomics also holds a paramount
potential for clinical applications through the characterization of the
network's modulation in pathologies and the assessment of the treatment.
The BRAINCONN 2019 Winter School will address all the steps of the pipeline
leading from raw data to connectivity models addressing structural,
functional and effective connectivity. The School articulates across five
days each focusing on one specific aspect. In particular, days 1 opens with
a lecture introducing brain connectomics and illustrating the different
aspects that are concerned and sets the basis for diffusion MRI signal
reconstruction and modelling as well as for the construction of the
structural connectivity matrix; day 2 will face some issues affecting
signal acquisition and pre-processing in diffusion MRI including the issue
of data harmonization from multi-site acquisitions; day 3 faces advanced
topics in microstructure modelling and provides a solid background on
tractography methods, illustrates pitfalls and recent advances and provides
hints for practical usage of existing algorithms. Day 4 is dedicated to
functional imaging with lectures dedicated to functional MRI, EEG, and MEG
and to the introduction of related connectivity models. Day 5 opens with a
wide overview on cortical parcellation strategies enabling region-based
connectivity models to prepare for the two last lectures concerning
effective connectivity models and graph theory. Days 1, 3, 4 and 5 will
also host hands-on sessions on the related topics discussed in the morning
sessions covering all the main practical aspects of data processing and
connectivity modelling.

Outline on topics to be covered. 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
technical aspects that are involved. As described in the previous Section,
the main topics that will be covered are as follows:

- Signal acquisition and modeling in diffusion MRI

- Microstructure modeling in diffusion MRI

- Tractography methods and related issues

- Data harmonization across different acquisition sites and protocols

- Acquisition and processing of functional data (functional MRI, EEG, MEG)

- Connectivity modeling (structural, functional and effective)

- Graph models

This year we are happy to host 15 international speakers that are leading
scientists in the respective fields.

Dates: 23-27 September 2019

Location: Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Italy

Organizing Committee:

Gloria Menegaz (gloria.menegaz at univr.it), Full Prof., Dept. of Computer
Science, University of Verona

Silvia F. Storti, Assistant Prof., Dept. of Computer Science, University of

Ilaria Boscolo Galazzo, Post-doc research associate, Dept. of Computer
Science, University of Verona

Lorenza Brusini, Post-doc research associate, Dept. of Computer Science,
University of Verona

Mauro Zucchelli, Starting researcher (Senior), Athena team, INRIA Sophia
Antipolis, France

We are now accepting applications. If you are interested in participating
to the school, or you need more information, please do not hesitate to
contact us. Deadline for applications: August 23, 2019

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested!

Best Regards,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Gloria Menegaz

Gloria Menegaz, PhD
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Verona, Italy
Phone: +39 347 2248704
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