FMRI school 2013

fMRI school 2013

Time: September 17-18, 2013

Place: Lecture Hall K, Main Building of the Aalto Otaniemi campus (Map of Otaniemi), Otakaari 1 (passage via M-staircase)


Brain Research Unit, O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory, Aalto University School of Science

Advanced Magnetic Imaging Centre, Aalto University School of Science

Finnish Graduate School of Neuroscience / Brain & Mind


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 is an introductory course, and thus no own experience in brain imaging is required.

Register to

Marita Kattelus, marita.kattelus [at], latest 10th September. For registration, we need name, affiliation (university or other institution name), country, e-mail, and whether you plan to participate to the examination.

Contact person

Simo Vanni, vanni [at]


Participants have the option to participate to examination including the lectures and Huettel et al, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2nd edition, Sinauer. Course and examination will provide three credits. Participants will be given course certificate.

For more information about the course credits, or if in addition to the course certificate you also need to get a university transcript of the credits, please contact coordinator Margareta Segerståhl, margareta.segerstahl [at] .

Enrolled students of Aalto University please note: In order to get the credits you must (1) register for the fMRI school in the WebOodi system using the course code Tfy-99.3249 Biomedical Engineering, Special Course. (2) Also remember to register for the exam in the WebOodi system no later than one week before the exam, using the course code.

Exam options:

Tue 01.10.13 16:00-19:00 Tfy-99.3249 Biomedical Engineering, special course P

Thu 24.10.13 09:00-12:00 Tfy-99.3249 Biomedical Engineering, special course P


17th September, Tuesday

10.00 Simo Vanni: What is BOLD signal?

10.45 Simo Vanni: Study design

11.30 Lunch

12.30 Linda Henriksson: Image data formats and preprocessing

13.15 Linda Henriksson: Visualization and quantification of fMRI results

14.00 Coffee break

14.30 Simo Särkkä (BECS): Physiological noise in fMRI – a signal processing perspective

15.15 Simo Vanni: General linear model applied to fMRI analysis

18th September, Wednesday

10.00 Lauri Nummenmaa (BECS): Statistical inference

10.45 Enrico Glerean (BECS): Brain connectivity analysis

11.30 Lunch

12.30 Toni Auranen: MRI@AMI

13.15 Toni Auranen: Physics of functional MRI

14.00 Coffee break

14.30 Miika Koskinen: Multivariate methods, general

15.15 Linda Henriksson: Multivariate methods, fMRI