October 5, 2012

ERP Workshop

I am pleased to announce that Wednesday, January 30, - Friday, February 1, 2013, the College of Liberal Arts Interdepartmental EEG Facility will be hosting Steve Luck from the University of California-Davis for an ERP/EEG workshop open to University of Minnesota researchers with interests in ERP methodology. Dr. Luck is the Author of An Introduction to the Event Related Potential Technique, which is widely regarded as the definitive introductory textbook in the field. He annually accepts a limited number of highly qualified students into his ERP Bootcamp at UC-Davis. He also conducts a few "Mini ERP Bootcamps" each year at other institutions, one of which we have the privilege of hosting in January.

The first two days of the our Mini Bootcamp will consist primarily of lectures. The workshop will conclude with hands-on training in the use of Dr. Luck's free EEGLab software for half a day on Friday morning.

If you would like to attend, please email me (burto108@umn.edu).

Additional information (e.g., location, detailed schedule, etc.) will be provided after we know how many attendees to expect and how much space we will need.

October 20, 2010

3T update

The new CMRR 3T MR tech has been hired. Peter Kollasch will begin working on November 1st.

The scanner move is proceeding on schedule. It will likely be up and running again by November 8th.

September 13, 2010

CMRR access

Effective today (Monday, September 13, 2010), U-Cards will no longer provide access to the CMRR. Instead, you will need to enter through the entrance to the NEW building with an RFID card, available from Nicole Wilkinson at the front desk during normal business hours. Nicole will be around to let people in between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., but if you require after-hours access, AND IF YOU HAVE A SCAN SCHEDULED PRIOR TO NEXT MONDAY, you should see Nicole as soon as possible. You will need to have been approved already for building access, and you will need your U-Card with you when you receive your new RFID card.

If you won't need building access until after the scanner move, you should wait until further notice to request an RFID.

September 10, 2010

Infrastructure Investment Initiative

The call for pre-proposals for I3 awards has been announced.

September, 2010: Request for Proposal announced
November 16, 2010: Pre-proposals due
January 10, 2011: Invitations for full proposals issued
April 11, 2011: Full proposals due
June, 2011: Awards issued
July 1, 2011: Funding available

Additional details, including categories of awards, eligibility requirements, and how to apply are posted on the OVPR's I3 page.

September 3, 2010

Eye tracker at 3T

Does anyone plan on using the eye tracker at the 3T in the near future? There is talk of not moving it to the new 3T room, since no one appears to be using it. If you have plans to use it, please let me or Steve Engel know ASAP.

August 26, 2010

Infrastructure Investment Initiative

One-time funds are available from OVPR for high-end research infrastructure needs. There should be a call for proposals soon.

This sounds like an opportunity that may not come around again for awhile.

CMRR 3T update

As CLA neuroimagers are aware, a lot is happening at the 3T in 2010. The scanner is moving to the new part of the CMRR next month. Free pilot hours were discontinued July 1. Andrea Schweikert has resigned as our MR tech to attend medical school, and we are currently searching for a replacement. Because so many things are in a state of flux, I will be posting more frequently to try to keep everyone apprised. I will start with a summary of where things currently stand.

Scanner move
The scanner move has been delayed until approximately September 20th. On or around that date, the scanner will be shut down to begin the process of moving to its new space in the CMRR expansion. The move should take a minimum of four weeks, but it could take longer if there are unforeseen difficulties. Labs that have equipment stored at the 3T will need to remove it prior to September 20th. Each lab is responsible for storing its own equipment until the new space becomes available.

Pilot scans
The University's recent interpretation of NIH policy (Circular A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions") has led to (among other changes) the discontinuation of the CMRR's policy of allotting up to 30 pilot hours at no cost for newly approved studies. As of June 2010, all scans conducted at the CMRR must be paid for at the current rate of $250 per hour. Pilot data is vital for obtaining external funding, and finding an alternative source of funds that will allow new neuroimaging studies to continue to conduct pilot scans prior to grant applications is a high priority for all of us.

MR tech
The Department of Radiology, with input from the 3T Executive Committee, is searching for a clinically certified MRI technologist to replace Andrea as the MR tech for the 3T at the CMRR. The plan is to have a replacement hired by the time the 3T is up and running at its new location. The need for a clinically certified tech implies that there will be clinically oriented scans conducted at the 3T after the move. We have been assured that research scans will have scheduling priority and that a second 3T will be acquired before the influx of clinical researchers becomes an inconvenience for current 3T users. I should have an update on this developing situation after the September 7th 3T Executive Committee meeting.

I will post information here as I receive it.

April 27, 2010

Internal funds available from CLA for brain imaging

The CLA offers two internal awards for brain imaging projects and brain imaging infrastructure. The purpose of the brain imaging projects funding is to fund pilot projects, including subject fees, graduate RA support, equipment, materials, and supplies. The purpose of the infrastructure funding is to support, hardware (e.g., computers), software, lab supplies, publication fees, etc.

The deadline for these applications is April 30, 2010. More information about these and other CLA funding opportunities is provided at http://cla.umn.edu/intranet/research/.

April 1, 2010

Advanced Neuro Technology Training (new EEG facility)

ANT training will begin during the MRI Users' Group meeting on Tuesday, April 6. We will meet at 12:40 p.m. in Elliott S419, home of the new CLA-Interdepartmental EEG Facility. William Cuthbert from ANT will be installing the system that morning and will use the MUG meeting to present an overview of using the system. This will be followed by more extensive training Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. All labs who plan to use the new EEG equipment are strongly encouraged to send one or more members to attend the training sessions.

CLA Office of Research and Graduate Programs call for Brain Imaging Small Grant Proposals

The CLA Office of Research and Graduate Programs is pleased to announce the 2010 call for proposals to two small grant programs that support research in the area of Brain Imaging. Proposals should not exceed $10,000.

One of the small grants programs is designed to support infrastructure needs and one is to support pilot projects. More detailed information and application forms are attached. This information can also be retrieved from the CLA Office of Research webpage . The application deadline for both small grant programs is Friday, April 30, 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Friedmeyer at (612) 624-9815 or at fried053@umn.edu.

February 23, 2010

fMRI analyst needed in the Department of Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Sciences

A part-time fMRI data analyst is needed in the Department of Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Sciences for work on an NIH Challenge Grant in Pediatric Hemiparesis. See linked document for details.

fMRI analyst posting for grant.pdf

February 17, 2010

AFNI workshop in Pisa prior to HBM in Barcelona


December 9, 2009

University of Michigan Training Course in fMRI

August 9-20, 2010.

Applications are now being accepted for admission to the "Training Course in fmri." These applicants will receive full travel subsistence to attend the course. The deadline to submit the application is January 15, 2010. Further information can be found under "Registration" on the sidebar to the left.

Please download the application by clicking below:


December 7, 2009

Brain Connectivity Seminar at CMRR

"Brain connectivity analysis of MRI data: Granger causality and DWI tractography" Tuesday December 15th, at noon, Seminar Room, CMRR by Alard Roebroeck from the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

November 19, 2009

CLA Interdepartmental EEG Facility

The College of Liberal Arts Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs is pleased to announce the institution of the CLA Interdepartmental EEG Facility (IEF). With generous funding assistance from the Office of the Vice President for Research and space provided by the Center for Cognitive Sciences, the IEF will feature a state-of-the-art 128-channel electroencephalography system from Advanced Neuro Technology. The system includes hardware and software for stimulus presentation, data acquisition, and data analysis, including event-related potentials (ERPs) and source modeling. Equipped with two 64-channel amplifiers and 128-electrode caps, researchers will have the option of acquiring 64-channel data from two subjects simultaneously or high-density EEG data from a single subject with 128 channels. Further enhancing the flexibility of the system, it will feature two styles of electrode caps to meet diverse needs of CLA researchers. The facility will be staffed with graduate and undergraduate students and CLA Neuroimaging Staff Scientist, Dr. Philip Burton. The staff will provide training to faculty and students and assistance with data acquisition and analysis. Neuroimaging courses that have previously focused primarily on functional MRI will add an extensive EEG/ERP component, including hands-on instruction in the IEF, providing additional training opportunities for research assistants and broadening the scope of students' fundamental neuroimaging training. The facility will be available to all CLA faculty, staff, and students whose research will benefit from EEG and ERP methodology.