Undergraduate Short Course

Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Fall 2019 - Dates TBA

 Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has become one of the most important techniques for studying the human brain in action. This two-day workshop is intended to introduce the basic principles of fMRI and to provide an opportunity for students to experience neuroimaging research first-hand in an informal setting. It is ideal for students considering pursuing advanced study or research assistantships within professors’ research laboratories.

Faculty: CBS Neuroimaging Staff (Mark Eldaief, Ross Mair, Stephanie McMains, Tammy Moran, Caroline West)

Maximum: 15 undergraduate students. Students registering for the full 2-day course receive priority, however students may register for lectures "a la carte" if space permits. Attendance in the safety lecture or CBS yellow badge status required to participate in the study demonstration.



Day 1

1:00 – 1:15             Welcome/Introduction

1:15 – 2:45             Fundamentals of MR Physics and History of Magnet Resonance Imaging  (Mair)

2:45 – 3:00           Neuroimaging Facility Tour 

3:00 – 3:15            Break/Refreshments

3:15 – 4:00             Signal and Noise in MRI data  (West)

4:00– 4:30             Safety in the MRI Environment (Moran)

4:30 – 5:00           Scanner Demonstration and Discussion


Day 2

1:00 – 2:30            Clinical Neuroimaging  (Eldaief)

2:30 – 3:30            Experimental Design and Functional Data Analysis  (McMains)

3:30 – 3:45           Break/Refreshments

3:45 – 5:30           Study Demonstration, Data Viewing, and Discussion



Center for Brain Science
Neuroimaging Facility
Northwest Building B4
52 Oxford Street


Email wcwest [at] fas [dot] harvard [dot] edu (use Subject "fMRI Course") with the following information: name, year, concentration, PI (if involved in MRI research)