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Training in Neuroscience Imaging: Integrating First Principles and Applications

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard/MIT

The Advanced Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Massachusetts General Hospital is designed to train a new cadre of scientists who are focused on basic and clinical neuroscience questions and possess the necessary physical science knowledge, computational skills, and familiarity with team science that optimally position them for major contributions using and developing the tools of neuroimaging: functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, electroencephalography, positron emission tomography, and near-infrared spectrography. Students will be trained to understand the bases of these neuroimaging methods and apply them effectively to address fundamental principles as well as the most pressing modern issues of cognitive neuroscience. The pre-doctoral program is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary interactions in neuroimaging through project-based joint mentorship. In addition to a pre-doctoral program, a short-term program suited for individuals at any stage in their career is offered.
Project Director: Bruce R. Rosen, M.D., Ph.D. bruce@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

The University of Pittsburgh

There have been great advances in in-vivo imaging techniques, which allow neuroscientists the visualization of molecular, cellular, and system physiology and functions. The multimodal neuroimaging graduate training program was established as part of the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition and is operated jointly by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Its purpose is to train a new generation of interdisciplinary imaging scientists with the knowledge of basic neuroscience and underlying principles, as well as modeling and applications of a variety of different neuroimaging tools in an integrative context. Imaging tools include structural magnetic resonance imaging, functional MRI, positron emission tomography, magnetoencephalography, and optical imaging.
Program Website: http://www.mntp.pitt.edu
Program Director: Seong-Gi Kim, Ph.D. kimsg@pitt.edu

University of California, Los Angeles

The NeuroImaging Training Program (NITP) at UCLA operates under the aegis of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. It is premised on the view that the scientific leaders of tomorrow are those who have the ability to create the tools they need to make the discoveries they seek. Students in the NITP complete a year of graduate training in the Neurosciences, including fundamentals of Neuroanatomy, Systems Neuroscience, Neurophysiology and/or Cognitive Neuroscience. Their second year of graduate training is an intensive program in the tools of neuroimaging, including acquisition, data processing, analysis and experimental design. The NITP also offers an Advanced fMRI summer program that brings students from around the globe for a two week immersive session on cutting edge topics. This summer program features lab exercises on the latest analysis tools and live data collection.
NITP Website: http://www.brainmapping.org/NITP/
Program Director: Mark S. Cohen, Ph.D. mscohen@ucla.edu

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