Multimodality Short Course

Next Program:  April 5 & 6, 2019, TENTATIVE
This course addresses will not be held in the form described previously.  A shorter version, with a different focus, is being developed.   Hopefully, the first edition of that program will be held during the period of April 5&6, 2019 (a Friday and Saturday).   The final decision for this will be made by the end of January, 2019.
Robert L. Savoy, Ph.D., Course Director

The Multimodality Short Course is a new, more compact (i.e., shorter) version of a two-week-long program that had been run at the Martinos Center from 2007-2016, under the auspices of a specific, time-limited NIH funding mechanism.  The new version will be similar in most ways to that program, but different in a few important ways, as listed below:

  • As in the past, participants will be exposed to a host of functional brainimagin technologies by leading experts in the respective technologies, including: MRI, fMRI, MRS, PET, TMS, EEG, MEG, NIRS, and others.
  • Admission is on a first-come / first-served basis.  (There is no longer a competitive admission process.)
  • The duration of the program is 2 days.
  • Tuition TBD
  • Faculty will be drawn primarily from the Martinos Center for Biomedial Imaging, with additional lecturers from other institutions including MIT, Harvard University, McLean Hospital, Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital.


The MGH/MIT/HMS Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, located in Charlestown Massachusetts (5 minutes from Boston), offers a program that will address the burgeoning collection of functional and structural brain imaging methods.

The goal of this ambitious workshop is to demonstrate the ways in which a large variety of techniques are being applied to questions in human brain function. Participants will receive exposure to MRI, FMRI, DTI, DSI, MRS, PET, EEG, MEG, NIRS, DOT, TMS, and a variety of molecular and computational approaches to studying human brain function in vivo. There will also be some discussion of more invasive techniques such as implanted electrodes and direct cortical stimulation---tools that are used before and during surgery. To bring this heterogeneous collection of technologies together, a number of unifying themes (in both the lectures and the classroom/laboratory activities) will be used. Unifying themes will include mode of activation (blood-based, electrical, trauma/clinical), physiological underpinnings (from basic biophysics of the effects to molecular and energetic considerations), psychological (using all modalities on the same questions), and others. Activities will include design of a variety of experiments, exposure to a variety of software tools, tours and demonstrations of the techniques in action, and selected keynote lectures to exemplify particular experimental domains in which many of these techniques have been brought to bear on a specific problem.

Please send inquiries to and refer to the MultiModality Short Course.

Estimated Costs

Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs, and most meals.  Recommended Accommodation is the Constitution Inn.  Questions? Email