The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program, coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, hosted an annual 6-week summer workshop for the past 10 years. It provided training in multiple imaging modalities, DTI, functional MRI, PET, MEG/EEG, functional Near IR spectroscopy and Animal Optical Imaging. This program was designed for advanced scientists (senior graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and independent researchers) who were already engaged in neuroimaging work and were familiar with brain structure and function. Our philosophy was to build on the strengths of our trainees in one imaging modality in order to help them develop skills in new modalities and improve their ability to address important questions in modern neuroscience.
Participants learned the principles of multiple imaging modalities, and receive hands-on experience in one imaging modality, specifically: Basic lectures and imaging laboratory tours allowed participants to understand the importance of multiple complementary imaging modalities and to learn the basic principles and required instrumentation for multiple imaging modalities.
To gain further research experience, participants spent five weeks in one imaging modality lab performing a team project. The choice of lab was be determined by the Steering Committee by considering the trainees desire, background, and the number of trainees in a given lab. This training included data acquisition, data processing, visualization, and interpretation. Thus, the participant became familiar with the entire process of one imaging modality from data acquisition to interpretation.
To demonstrate the synergy of multimodal neuroimaging, we hosted an annual topical symposium. Last year, we held our final Workshop. In 2017, we will be hosting our final Summer Symposium.