FMRI school 2011

fMRI school 2011

Time: April 4-5 (Mon-Tue), 2011

Place: Aalto Otaniemi campus (Map of Otaniemi), Main Building, Otakaari 1, Lecture hall E


Brain Research Unit, Low Temperature Laboratory, Aalto University School of Science

Advanced Magnetic Imaging Centre, Aalto University School of Science

Finnish Graduate School of Neuroscience

Contact persons

Linda Henriksson, henriksson [at]

Simo Vanni, vanni [at]

Register to

Marita Kattelus, marita.kattelus [at], please register by March 28, 2011 (Monday).


This course is directed to undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and more advanced research personnel who are interested in applying functional magnetic resonance imaging in their research. This year we have also two lectures about diffusion tensor imaging, a rapidly growing field of anatomical MRI imaging. This is an introductory course, and thus no own experience in brain imaging is required.


Monday, 4th April

10.00 Simo Vanni: What is BOLD signal?

10.45 Simo Vanni: Study design

11.30 Lunch

12.30 Toni Auranen: MRI @AMI

13.15 Linda Henriksson: Image data formats and preprocessing

14.00 Coffee break

14.15 Lauri Nurminen: General linear model applied to fMRI analysis I

15.00 Simo Vanni: General linear model applied to fMRI analysis II

15.45 Lauri Nummenmaa. Statistical inference

Tuesday, 5th April

10.00 Linda Henriksson: Visualization and quantification of fMRI results

10.45 Irtiza Gilani: NMR, RF excitation, and contrast mechanisms in MRI

11.30 Lunch

12.30 Ville Renvall: Physics of functional MRI

13.15 Sanna Malinen: ICA applied to fMRI analysis

14.00 Coffee break

14.15 Miika Koskinen, with intro by Simo Vanni: Principles of multivariate methods in fMRI signal analysis

15.00 Jaana Hiltunen: Basics for diffusion tensor imaging

15.45 Jaana Hiltunen: DTI analysis