Colloquium: Precision Functional Mapping of Individual Human Brains

  • Date: Nov 28, 2017
  • Time: 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Nico Dosenbach
  • Location: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Small Conference Room
  • Host: Center for Lifespan Psychology
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The Center for Lifespan Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, led by Prof. Ulman Lindenberger, cordially invites all interested to attend the colloquium:

Nico Dosenbach, Washington University School of Medicine

Precision Functional Mapping of Individual Human Brains

Human functional MRI (fMRI) research primarily focuses on analyzing data averaged across groups, which limits the detail, specificity, and clinical utility of fMRI resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) and task-activation maps. To push the understanding of functional brain organization to the level of individual humans, Nico Dosenbach and his team assembled a novel MRI dataset containing 5 hrof RSFC data, 6 hrof task fMRI, multiple structural MRIs, and neuropsychological tests from each of ten adults.

Using these data, they generated ten high-fidelity, individual-specific functional connectomes. This individual-connectome approach revealed several new types of spatial and organizational variability in brain networks, including unique network features and topologies that corresponded with structural and task-derived brain features. They are releasing this highly sampled, individual-focused dataset as a resource for neuroscientists, and they propose precision individual connectomicsas a model for future work examining the organization of healthy and diseased individual human brains.

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