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Pre-Meeting Workshops
Friday, August 26th, 2022
  • BOLD fMRI Hands-on Workshop 
  • Member Initiated Mini-Symposium
  • Vessel Wall Imaging Workshop

Member Initiated Mini-Symposia

PET/MRI Approach to Dementia Imaging

Friday, August 26th, 2022


Ana M. Franceschi, M.D., Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Radiology,

Northwell Health /Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Gloria C. Chiang, M.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Radiology,

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA


The field of hybrid imaging in dementia and neurodegenerative disorders is rapidly evolving and of increasing importance in daily practice to neuroradiologists in both clinical and research/academic settings. In this ASFNR symposium, experts in the field will collaborate to bring their knowledge and expertise together focusing on clinically oriented, functional imaging with an emphasis on brain PET/MRI including FDG, amyloid and tau imaging.


9:00 AM - 9:40 AM Hybrid PET/MRI in Neurodegenerative Disease
Speaker: Gloria C. Chiang, MD


9:40 AM – 10:20 AM | Novel Radiotracers for Dementia Imaging

Speaker: Tammie L. S. Benzinger, MD, PhD

10:20 AM – 11:00 AM | Case-based PET/MRI Approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders

Speaker: Ana M. Franceschi, MD, PhD

11:00 AM – 11:40 AM | Update on Alzheimer’s Treatment Trials and Amyloid-related Imaging Abnormalities (ARIA)

Speaker: Greg Zaharchuk, MD, PhD 


11:40 AM – 12:20 PM | Advanced Neuroimaging for Modifiable Brain Aging

Speaker: Cyrus A. Raji, MD, PhD


12:20 AM – 1:00 PM | 7T MR Applications in Clinical Practice

Speaker: Michael Zeineh, MD, PhD

BOLD fMRI Workshop

About This Workshop

Each year a BOLD fMRI hands-on workshop is offered in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. 

This workshop will provide a didactic review of clinical fMRI and practical step-by-step post-processing and data presentation of BOLD fMRI of both task-based language and sensory-motor cortex and resting state studies using MATLAB with SPM12 and CONN toolbox software.

Program from 2022 (2023 workshop details coming soon!)

Course Directors: Scott H. Faro, M.D., FASFNR AND Feroze B. Mohamed, Ph.D., FASFNR


7:30 – 8:25 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast for Registrants



8:25 – 8:30.      Welcome
                          Scott H. Faro, MD, FASFNR

8:30 – 9:15        Introduction to BOLD, Paradigm Design, and SPM
                          Chris Conklin, PhD


9:15 – 9:45        Introduction to General Linear Model for Task Based BOLD fMRI Analysis
                          Feroze B. Mohamed, Ph.D., FASFNR

9:45 – 10:00     Presenting BOLD fMRI Data-Statistical Processing Strategies
                          Devon Middleton, PhD

10:00 – 10:15  Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:00    Clinical Overview of Motor and Language BOLD fMRI Activation, Paradigms and Interpretation

                          Scott H. Faro, MD, FASFNR

11:00 – 11:30    Clinical case review of BOLD fMRI

                          Kiran S. Talekar, MD, MBBS

11:30 – 11:45     Review of Neurovascular Uncoupling (NVU) in BOLD fMRI

                          Jay J. Pillai, M.D., FASFNR

11:45 – 12:45     Lunch



12:45 – 2:30.     Practical Exercises on Language Data Processing and Review

Devon Middleton, PhD,
Chris Conklin, PhD,
Mahdi Alizadeh, PhD,
Anup K. Bhattacharya, MD,
Arichena Manmatharayan, MBBS
Haris I. Sair, M.D., Shiva Shahrampour, MS,
Feroze B. Mohamed, PhD, FASFNR

2:30 – 2:45       Coffee Break



2:45 – 3:15         Introduction to Resting state fMRI

                           Haris I. Sair, MD

3:15 – 4:45         Practical Exercise on Resting State Analysis

Haris I. Sair, MD;
Devon Middleton, PhD,
Chris Conklin, PhD,
Mahdi Alizadeh, PhD,
Anup K. Bhattacharya, MD,
Arichena Manmatharayan, MBBS
Shiva Shahrampour, MS,
Feroze B. Mohamed, PhD, FASFNR

4:45 – 5:00        Review SPM Processing and Resting State fMRI with Question and Answer Session

                           All Faculty

5:00                    Workshop Concludes

Educational Objectives Attendees should, at the completion of this workshop, be able to perform the following:


• Preprocessing of BOLD fMRI Data

• Realignment/Coregistration

• Spatial Normalization

• Smoothing Single Subject Analysis

• Model Specification

• Model Estimation

• Visualization of the BOLD fMRI Data Resting State fMRI
• Preprocessing of Resting state data

• Post processing strategies


Hardware/Software Requirements Registrants are required to bring to the workshop their own laptop with a minimum 2G of RAM and 10G of hard disk space. The machines should have preloaded SPM12 and MATLAB software prior to the workshop. DICOM BOLD fMRI practice data sets will be available at the workshop. All registrants will be given instructions on downloading SPM12 and the 15-day free MATLAB license prior to the workshop.

Vessel Wall Imaging Workshop

VWI is an exciting and rapidly evolving technique which has become widely available in clinical practice, providing multiple uses for the evaluation of neurovascular diseases. In this ASFNR workshop, experts in the field will collaborate to bring their knowledge and expertise together focusing on the fundamentals of vessel wall imaging. ***Please note this is a non-accredited workshop.

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