Neuroimaging/Cognitive

The Neuroimaging/Cognitive FAR is designed for students pursuing a professional career in neuroimaging, either in clinical practice or in neuroscience research. The multidisciplinary approach provides training in both basic science and technological principles of modern neuroimaging methods, and in their application to the understanding of neurological function and neurological disorders. The Neuroimaging/Cognitive FAR is comprised of a set of selected core and elective courses designed to provide students with a firm grounding in the theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues involved in studying the human and non-human brain using neuroimaging methods - from the molecular to whole brain human imaging. Core courses allow students to gain an understanding of the physiological principles underlying the types of imaging modalities commonly used to examine micro- and macro- brain structure and function as well as psychologically induced changes in physiological signals. The FAR includes research design and data analysis. Participants will obtain hands-on experience with data acquisition, processing, statistical analysis, and visualization through the use of leading edge graphical workflow environments and image processing software packages. Core courses emphasize the consideration of brain structure and function using modern medical imaging (e.g. MRI, PET, OIS, etc) and related neural recording techniques (e.g. EEG). Across these intensive courses, students will gain a full appreciation of the various cognitive factors that influence patterns of brain activation measured with functional imaging methods (e.g. BOLD, fMRI and PET) as well as becoming familiar with the effects of disease on brain anatomy and integrity. Students will gain exposure to neural tissue imaging methods (e.g. light, confocal, molecular, and related microscopy approaches), their application, and comparative strengths and limitations. At the completion of the Neuroimaging FAR, it is expected that participants will be fully prepared to critique, design, and participate in conducting research studies using a variety of neuroimaging methods; appreciate potentials and limitations of current neuroimaging methods and techniques; better understand the broad range of expertise required in a brain imaging research program; and be positioned well for careers in neuroimaging laboratory research.


List of Faculty:

Akin, Orkun Role of neural activity in brain development and synapse formation
Bearden, Carrie Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Cognition, Neuroimaging and Genetics of Mood Disorders and Psychosis
Bilder, Robert Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging
Bisley, James Cognitive Processing of Visual Information; Guidance of Eye Movements
Blank, Idan Language comprehension and its relation to high-level cognition
Bookheimer, Susan Functional Neuroimaging of Language and Memory
Cohen, Mark Functional Imaging of the Human Brain
Dapretto, Mirella Neuroimaging/imaging genetics of language and social cognition in typical and atypical development (emphasis on adolescence and autism spectrum disorders); cultural neuroscience
Ellingson, Benjamin Neuro-Oncology Neuroimaging & Neuroimaging in Complex Neuropathologies
Feusner, Jamie Understanding Perception and Emotion in Body Image Disorders; Treatments for OCD and Anxiety Disorders
Galvan, Adriana Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Green, Shulamite Sensory, cognitive, and affective neurodevelopment across clinical groups (e.g., autism, anxiety disorders, early life adversity)
Harper, Ronald Neural Mechanisms in Sleep State
Hong, Weizhe Neural Mechanisms of Social Behavior
Iacoboni, Marco Non Invasive Human Systems Neuroscience
Jeste, Shafali Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Knowlton, Barbara Neural Substrates of Higher Cognitive Functions
Kumar, Rajesh Neural control of autonomic, breathing, and cognitive functions.
Lau, Hak-Wan Neural mechanisms of conscious perception, attention, and sensory metacognition
Lavretsky, Helen Understanding neurobiology of resilience and aging in mood and cognitive disorders
Liu, Zili How People See and Why They See The Way They Do?
London, Edythe Neuroimaging Brain Function in Addictive and Other Neuropsychiatric Disorders
MacKenzie-Graham, Allan Understanding and preventing neurodegeneration
Mathews, Paul Mechanisms of learning and memory, motor coordination
McCracken, James Anxiety Disorders; Pediatric Psychopharmacology
Monti, Martin Disorders of consciousness (Coma, Vegetative State, Minimally Conscious State); Language and thought; Neuroimaging; Brain Stimulation
Narr, Katherine Applied Neurobiological Imaging
Nathanson, David Research and drug development for malignant brain tumors
Shams, Ladan Multi-Sensory Integration; Perceptual Learning; Adaptation
Sicotte, Nancy Neurodegenerative Disorders
Suthana, Nanthia Neuromodulation and Neuroimaging of Human Learning and Memory