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Subject:

Invitation to British Neuroscience Association National Meeting (Liverpool, 19-22 April 2009)

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Steve Smith <[log in to unmask]>

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FSL - FMRIB's Software Library <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:45:01 +0000

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Forwarded on behalf of Narender Ramnani:

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Dear Colleague,

We write on behalf of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) to
invite you to our National Meeting (Liverpool, 19th -22nd April 2009,
http://www.bna.org.uk).

Although the programme reflects a wide range of research areas in the
neurosciences, there are specific events that we feel might be of
particular interest to those working in neuroimaging, behavioural,
systems and cognitive neuroscience. These include not only plenary
lectures but also several symposia put together by leading UK research
groups, and poster sessions. One-day Neuroimaging workshops have also
been organized by the Methods Group at FIL, London and the Analysis
Group at FMRIB, Oxford (cost of attendance is included in the meeting
registration fee).

Details for some of these events can be found below, and the full
programme with other details can be found at http://www.bna.org.uk/.

Liverpool has fast transport links (e.g. 2 hours 30 minutes from London)
and the meeting venue (the Adelphi Hotel) is conveniently located just a
few minutes walk away from the station. We also draw your attention to
the bursaries for students and newly qualified post-doctoral scientists.
The relatively low registration costs which cover an invitation to the
Welcome Reception, lunches, tea and coffee, final programme and Book of
Abstracts, access to the scientific sessions, workshops, satellite
sessions, exhibition, and the Conference Banquet and Party. We hope very
much that you and your colleagues are able to present your work and
attend the meeting – *the abstract deadline is 31st January*. Your
support means a great deal.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
([log in to unmask]). Please pass on this information to colleagues who
you feel might be interested.

With thanks and best wishes on behalf of the Programme Committee,

Narender Ramnani (BNA Programme Committee)
Graham Collingridge (President, BNA Programme Committee)
Trevor Robbins (President Elect, BNA Programme Committee)
Colin Blakemore (BNA Programme Committee)

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*Selected Programme Events...*

*Plenary Lectures:*

• Dick Passingham (Oxford): “What is brain imaging good for?”
• Malcolm Brown (Bristol): “Investigations into the neural basis of
Recognition Memory”
• Andrew Parker (Oxford): “Space: The final frontier in understanding
the brain?”

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*One-Day Neuroimaging Workshops run by the UKs leading analysis methods
groups: See 'WORKSHOP DETAILS' below for ull programme details in the  
following pages*

i) Brain Connectivity Workshop (SPM): Dynamic Causal Modeling
(www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm):
The Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience (FIL) Methods Group will
run a one day workshop on in SPM.

ii) MRI Analysis Workshop (FSL) (www.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl): The FMRIB
Analysis Group (Oxford) will run a one workshop on analysis methods.

*************************************************************************************************

*Symposia: *

These half-day events consist of a series of talks and discussions
around a specific theme

• Making sense of basal ganglia and cerebellar neuroscience: a
computational modelling approach
Chair: Peter Redgrave (Sheffield, UK). Speakers: Kev Gurney (Sheffield,
UK), Jeanette Kotaleski (Stockholm, Sweden), Rafal Bogacz (Bristol, UK)
and John Porrill (Sheffield, UK).

• Frontal lobe interactions during learning and decision-making
Chairs: Mark Walton (Oxford, UK) and Matthew Rushworth (Oxford, UK).
Speakers: Jeff Dalley (Cambridge, UK), Chris Summerfield (Oxford, UK),
John Doherty (Dublin, Ireland) and Matthew Rushworth (Oxford, UK)

• Brain connectivity: from structure to function
Chair: Marcus Kaiser (Newcastle, UK). Speakers: Marcus Kaiser
(Newcastle, UK), Heidi Johansen-Berg (Oxford, UK), Ed Bullmore
(Cambridge, UK) and Kees Stam (Amsterdam, NL)

• Extending the hippocampal memory system: beyond the fornix
Chair: John Aggleton (Cardiff, UK). Speakers: Dimitris Tsivilis
(Manchester, UK), Mark Buckley (Oxford, UK), Seralynne Vann (Cardiff,
UK) and Anna Mitchell (Oxford, UK)

• Neural basis of drug addiction
Chair: Trevor Robbins (Cambridge, UK). Speakers: David Belin (Cambridge,
UK), Hans Crombag (Sussex, UK), Jonathan Lee (Birmingham, UK) and Anne
Lingford-Hughes (Bristol, UK)

• Between hope and despair: sleep and circadian dysfunction in
neurological disorders
Chair: Jenny Morton (Cambridge, UK). Speakers: Michael Hastings
(Cambridge, UK) Derk-Jan Dijk (Surrey, UK) and Eus van Sommeren
(Netherlands).

• Mechanisms of cortical circuit function and development: insights from
the barrel cortex
Chair: John Isaac (NIH, Bethesda). Speakers: Peter Kind (Edinburgh, UK),
Michael Ashby (Bethesda, USA), Kevin Fox (Cardiff, UK) and John Isaac
(Bethesda, USA).

• Activity-dependent mechanisms in the development and plasticity of
sensorimotor systems: towards understanding and treatment of cerebral  
palsy
Chair: Gavin Clowry (Newcastle, UK). Speakers: Jens Schouenborg
(Sweden), Jack Martin (New York, USA) and Janet Eyre (Newcastle, UK).

• 5-HT systems in psychiatric disorders
Chair: Stephen Cooper (Belfast, NI). Speakers: Peter Talbot (Manchester,
UK), Phil Cowen (Oxford, UK), Angela Roberts (Cambridge, UK) and Gavin
Reynolds (Belfast, NI)

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*WORKSHOP DETAILS*

*Brain Connectivity Workshop: Dynamic Causal Modelling*

11.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday, 19th April, 2009,
Empire Room, The Adelphi, Liverpool

Organised by Dr. Stefan Kiebel, The Wellcome Trust Centre for
Neuroimaging (FIL), UCL, in association with the BNA

Functional neuroimaging studies have provided significant insights into
structure-function relationships in the human brain. These advances
would not have been possible without important methodological
developments in the analysis of neuroimaging data. The Methods Group,
under the direction of Karl Friston at the Wellcome Trust Centre for
Neuroimaging (WTCN; www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk ), have made highly
significant contributions to this process through the continuous
development of theory and software implementation of the Statistical
Parametric Mapping (SPM; www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm ) approach over a
number of years.

Understanding the neural basis of behaviour additionally requires
explanation at a systems levels – one that characterises interactions
between the nodes of networks of brain areas. In response to this
requirement, the Methods Group have extended the SPM approach. Dynamic
Causal Modelling (DCM) characterises the ways in which interactions
between brain areas changes as a function of task demands. It can be
applied not only to data acquired using functional MRI (fMRI), but also
using magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography (M/EEG). This is
an important extension of existing analysis approaches to neuroimaging,
and the method is rapidly gaining in popularity. The one-day symposium
is therefore timely and promises to be popular among the large
population of UK systems and cognitive neuroscientists who use
functional neuroimaging methods.

In this workshop, we will discuss various DCM approaches for fMRI and
M/EEG and illustrate their utility using published imaging studies. We
will focus on the types of hypotheses that can be tested using the
different model types. The speakers, all members of the WTCN Methods
Group, are recognised for their contributions to the development of the
DCM approach.

Programme

11.00am – 11.30am: Coffee, Welcome and Introduction : Stefan Kiebel
Introduction and motivation for Dynamic Causal Modelling (DCM)

11.30am – 12.20pm: Mohamed Seghier
DCM for functional magnetic resonance imaging

12.20pm– 13.10pm: Stefan Kiebel
DCM for evoked responses in magneto/encephalography

1.10pm – 2.00pm: Lunch break

2.00pm – 2.50pm: Chuan Chen
DCM for induced responses in magneto/encephalography

2.50pm – 3.40pm: Rosalyn Moran
DCM for local field potentials

3.40pm – 4.10pm Tea/coffee

4.10pm – 4.50pm: Summary, Questions and Panel Discussion


*************************************************************************************************

MRI Analysis Workshop:
Analysis of Structural, Diffusion and Functional MRI Data

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2009, 1.00pm – 6.00pm,
Empire Room, The Adelphi

Organised by Dr. Christian Beckmann (Centre for fMRI of the Brain
(FMRIB), University of Oxford) in association with the BNA

The FMRIB Centre (www.fmrib.ox.ac.uk) at Oxford University is
internationally recognised for the excellence of its research in various
areas of human neuroimaging. In particular, members of the Analysis
Group, under the direction of Prof. Steve Smith, have been responsible
for the development of a range of methods that have made a major impact
on the ways in which cognitive neuroscientists approach the analysis of
MRI data. These form a suite of tools (FMRIB Software Library;
www.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl ) that are regarded as indispensible to
researchers using MRI to study the structure and function of the brain.

During the workshop, there will be a review of standard methods as well
as comprehensive descriptions of new developments in image analysis.
This will be an excellent opportunity for behavioural and cognitive
neuroscientists in the UK to update their knowledge of well-established
methods and the latest theoretical and practical advances in image
analysis for MRI data. The workshop will have wide appeal not only to
beginners in neuroimaging, but also to those who are experienced in this
range of methods.

Talks will be grouped into three sessions. The first will focus on the
treatment of Structural MRI, the second on Diffusion MRI and the third
on Functional MRI. Talks will cover both introductory and advanced
material. There will be an opportunity to attendees to discuss
analysis-related issues with speakers at the end of the workshop.

Programme

1.00pm – 1.30pm Lunch and Introduction (Christian Beckmann)

1.30pm – 2.45pm Structural MRI (Gwenaëlle Douaud and Jesper Anderson)
o Brain-extraction
o Linear & nonlinear registration
o Segmentation (tissue-type & subcortical)
o Applications: SIENA & FSL-VBM

2.45pm – 3.45pm Diffusion MRI (Saad Jbabdi)
o Probabilistic tractography
o TBSS voxelwise multi-subject analysis

3.45pm -4.00pm Tea and cakes

4.00pm – 5.30pm Functional MRI (Christian Beckmann and Salima Makni)
o Preprocessing
o First-level stats
o Multi-subject stats
o ICA model-free analysis

5.30pm – 6.00pm Summary, Questions to speaker

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