Netherlands, Utrecht

Exploring the human connectome: a course on the fundamentals of graph theoretical analysis of brain networks

when 4 July 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 950

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.

Look at our website www.dutchconnectomelab.org for more information!

Course leader

Martijn van den Heuvel

Target group

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

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

Fundamentals of graph theoretical analysis on brain networks

Fee info

EUR 950: Course + course materials + lunch

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