Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
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Neural Activity and BOLD Functional MRI Workshop

27 February - 1 March 2006
By invitation only

Venue: B10 Seminar Room, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR

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Supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation

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This workshop is intended to bring together a fairly comprehensive cross section of people working in and around these issues from a number of perspectives. We will try to build on discussions at recent Gordon Conferences and the Workshop on Functional MRI at the 2005 Annual ISMRM meeting.
The workshop will consider the fundamental neurophysiological issues relating to BOLD contrast--the energy cost of neural activity, provision of metabolic substrate, neurovascular coupling, the dynamics of functional changes in blood flow parameters, oxygen uptake, the effect of blood oxygenation changes in MRI signal, and spatial resolution limits--ultimately, how much can we trust fMRI as a guide to brain activity?

The only goal for the workshop is talks and discussion. Past workshops have covered such diverse topics as acetylcholine and norepinephine, single cell computation, neural dynamics, theta rhythm, directional selectivity in the retina, and information processing in the cerebellum.


Organisers: Bob Turner, Peter Dayan, Alexandra Boss and Rachel Howes
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