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GT Neuro Seminar Series Andreas Tolias, Ph.D.

“The Fabric of the Neocortex: Canonical Structure and Computations” – Andreas Tolias, Ph.D. – Baylor College of Medicine

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Neuroscience Philosophy Forum

Who: Kevin LaBar (Duke University) When: Friday, November 11 at 3pm Where: Department of Philosophy, 25 Park Place, Suite 1600 What:  Neural Decoding of Emotional States  – Abstract: An unresolved debate in affective neuroscience centers on how discrete emotions emerge from nervous system activity.

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ENTICE Research Seminar – Annaelle Devergnas, Ph.D.

Annaelle Devergnas, Ph.D. Associate Research Scientist Yerkes National Primate Research Center Location: Emory University School of Medicine, Room 153A Date: Friday, August 28, 2015 Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm Focal Epilepsy Model in Non-Human Primate Using Local Injection of Penicillin Epilepsy

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Deep Brain Stimulation Informatics

Cameron McIntyre, PhD. Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering Case Western Reserve University Location: School of Medicine, Room 178P Videoconference: GA Tech, Whitaker Room 3115 Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Time: 11:30am –1:00pm    Deep Brain Stimulation Informatics Deep brain stimulation (DBS) technology has made an

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Functional Neuroimaging Course

Course title: Functional Neuroimaging

Phys 4710, Phys 6710 or Neuro 6330

Meeting time/place:
Friday 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
NSC 272 Georgia State University

Main Textbook: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging by Huettel, Song, and McCarthy
(The newest edition that comes out on August 15, 2014 will be used)

Instructor: Mukesh Dhamala (

Neuroimaging is a rapidly developing multidisciplinary field with new possibilities of understanding the brain both in health and disease. Functional neuroimaging tools, such as fMRI and EEG, aim to provide valuable insights into brain structure-function and brain-behavior relationships. This course is suitable for graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in using neuroimaging tools.

The objective of this course is to help students understand (i) the principles, potential and limitations of brain imaging techniques, (ii) the relationship of neurophysiology and brain imaging data (iii) the experimental design principles and basic data analysis methods, and (iv) how neuroimaging techniques are applied to answer questions about brain cognitive functions and dysfunctions. In this course, students will get hands on experience with Terranova-MRI tools ( for a better understanding of magnetic resonance phenomena.

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Dr. Read Montague’s Talk

Joint GSU/GaTech Invitee

Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Neuroethics 2CI Groups


Dr. Read Montague

“Social Exchange and the Effort to Phenotype Cognition”

Computational ideas now play a central role in our understanding of cognition and its origins in the function of neural tissue.  Nevertheless, computational depictions of cognitive function have had little impact on the way we assess mental function in healthy brains or in the presence of disease or injury.  In this talk I will present our efforts to use simple social exchange tasks to decompose interactions with other humans into component parts with the goal of identifying the way these parts function in health and display dysfunction in disease or injury.

Monday January 13, 2014

10:30 a.m. to noon

124 Parker H. Petit Science Center at GSU


“Sub-second dopamine recordings in humans during sequential decision-making tasks”

One goal of neuroscience is to understand the connection between physical events in the brain and the mental states and behavioral output that such events support. One of the physical events thought to be important is the dynamic release and action of neurotransmitter molecules; however, there are no examples where moment-by-moment (sub-second) fluctuations in neurotransmitter levels have been related to quantitatively characterized behavior in humans. We have developed the capacity to make sub-second measurements of the neurotransmitter dopamine in human subjects during active decision-making experiments and connected the measured dopamine dynamics to variables important for making choices in simple, sequential decision-making tasks. These measurements have been made using an electrochemical technique called fast scan cyclic voltammetry in subjects being implanted (for clinical reasons) with deep brain stimulating electrodes.  This work is in its early stages but may open the way for the development of other invasive and non-invasive methods for neurotransmitter tracking in humans.

Tuesday January 14, 2014

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience

Suddath seminar room at GaTech

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Short course: Practical MRI for Scientists and Engineers

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

9 am – 11 am : Demonstration of the MRI scanners in IBB and CABI

Locations: CABI & NMRI-Magnetic Resonance Laboratory: IBB 0404

11 am – 4 pm : Tutorials

Locations: Whitaker 1103

11:00-11:20 Introduction – Johannes Leisen (BME)
11:20-11:40 Functional MRI & Resting-State Functional Connectivity – Jaemin Shin (CABI)
11:40-noon Investigating Spontaneous Infraslow Cerebral Activities by Simultaneous fMRI
and LFP Recording in Rats – Wenju Pan (BME/Emory)

Noon-1pm: Lunch

1:00-1:20 A Brief Introduction to Single-Sided NMR – Sushanta Ghoshal (MSE)
1:20-1:40 From Voxels to Pixels. Basic Reconstruction Techniques in MRI – Nishant Zachariah (ECE)
1:40-2:00Measuring small molecule diffusion in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks using PFG NMR Technique
– Krishna C. Jayachandrababu (ChBE)
2:00-2:20 Phase Contrast MRI: Hemodynamincs + Angiography – Lizz Iffrig (Emory)

2:20-2:50 Coffee Break

2:50-3:10 Animal Handling during Imaging Experiments – Nazanin Masoodzadehgan (BME)
3:10-3:30 Imaging Glioblastoma in Rats Using MRI – Nalini S. Mehta (BME)
3:30-3:50 Development of Contrast Agents – Sheng Tong (BME)

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September CABI Users Meeting

Once again, we will be holding monthly CABI Users’ Meetings this semester for faculty and students who are performing or are interested in performing MRI research at CABI. We are hoping that these meetings will foster a sense of community at CABI and encourage research collaborations and communication between labs!

We will have a guest speaker, Dr. Longchuan Li who will be giving us a talk on Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Its Applications in Comparative Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatric Disorders”. I think this will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about DTI data analysis from a local expert. In addition, I will introduce a new feature I recently programed, real-time head motion tracking system during fMRI scan. All CABI users are encouraged to attend! Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

10am – 11pm
CABI Conference Room

Longchuan Li, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Marcus Autism Center
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Biomedical Imaging Technology Center
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University School of Medicine

Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Its Applications in Comparative Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatric Disorders”

Due to its non-invasive nature and ease to measure, diffusion MRI has been proven a powerful tool for studying white matter integrity and connectivity of the brain and has numerous applications in neuroscientific and clinical settings. In this presentation, the basic concepts of diffusion MRI, tractography and its applications in comparative neuroscience and neuropsychiatric disorders such as prenatal alcohol syndrome and autism will be summarized. Moreover, since brain function arises from a network rather than from individual brain regions and many brain disorders have been considered as under (over-) connectivity syndromes, the network approach on studying brain diseases, i.e., modeling anatomical brain networks using diffusion tractography and analyzing the reconstructed networks based on graph theory, will also be introduced and discussed.

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Functional Neuroimaging course

Dr. Mukesh Dhamala will be teaching “Functional Neuroimaging” course in Fall 2013

Course Offering: Fall 2013
Instructor: Mukesh Dhamala

Course: Phys 4710/6710 or Neuro 6330 : Functional Neuroimaging
Course Credit: 3 credit hours
Course Pre-requisites: Instructor’s permission
Textbook: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging by Huettel, Song, and McCarthy
Meeting Times/Place: TR 11:00AM – 12:15PM/GSU classroom south 528

Neuroimaging is a rapidly developing multidisciplinary field with new possibilities of understanding the brain both in health and disease. Functional neuroimaging tools, such as fMRI and EEG, aim to provide valuable insights into brain structure-function and brain-behavior relationships. There are three parts in this course: principles of functional neuroimaging, experimental design and data analysis, applications to cognitive neuroscience. NMR/MRI teaching tools will be used to provide students with hands-on experience on MR data recordings and analysis. This course is appropriate for graduate/ advanced undergraduate students majoring in neuroscience, physics or any other fields with an interest in the use of functional neuroimaging, brain data analysis and modeling of brain processes.

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April CABI Users Meeting

April 1, 2013 8:30am-10am CABI Conference Room Topic: Between group designs in fMRI:issues to consider and how to address them

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