Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Exploring the Human Connectome: How to Analyse Brain Networks with Graph Theory

when 20 July 2015 - 24 July 2015
duration 1 week
fee EUR 550

Brain function depends on effective processing and integration of information within a complex network of neural interactions, forming a network we know as the connectome. This summer school course will teach the fundamentals of how network science / graph theory can be used to examine human connectome maps.

Brain function depends on effective processing and integration of information within a complex network of neural interactions, a network we all became to know (and love) as the human connectome. Advances in MR imaging in combination with the application of network science has led to a rapid growth of the field of human connectomics in the last years.

This course will teach the fundamentals of MRI-based connectomics. We will talk about reconstruction and analysis of anatomical MRI derived human connectome maps (day 1), explain (and practice!) the application of basic (day 2) and advanced (day 4 & 5) graph theoretical metrics to brain networks and teach on different strategies to do patient-control statistics on connectome data (day 3).

During the 5-day course, there is ample opportunity to put all new material directly into practice during afternoon workshop sessions.

A unique feature of this summer school is that we encourage participants to work on their own MRI connectome data during the course. Participants can have their raw data be processed to connectivity maps, which will then be analyzed during the workshops.

Course leader

Martijn van den Heuvel

Target group

This course is designed for PhD students and Post-docs.

The course will include an introductory to graph theory in neuroscience (day 1-3). More advanced graph theoretical subjects will be also be addressed (day 4-5).
A (little bit) experience with programming is recommended. No previous experience with graph theory is needed. Participants will be asked to bring their own laptop with MATLAB installed to the course for the afternoon workshops.

Course aim

Introduction to the use and application of network science in human brain neuroscience

Credits info

Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 550: Course + course materials + lunch

If you need housing during this course, we recommend you to book a room in a hotel in Utrecht. We selected a hotel for you, situated in the city center and where you can book a single or double room at special rates for students attending the Utrecht Summer School program. Please click on this link for more information.

Early bird registration until April 1st : 450 Euro (excluding housing). Please bear in mind that in order to receive the early bird discount you would have to comply with the payment requirements before the first of May.


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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