Symposium to Explore ‘Mesoscale’ Imaging of the Human Brain

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Registration is open for “Mesoscale Brain Mapping: Bridging Scales and Modalities in Neuroimaging,” a one-day symposium bringing together researchers using a range of imaging techniques to study brain function at the intersection of the micro- and macro- scales. 

The in-person event will be held Tuesday, October 10, on the Assembly Row campus of Mass General Brigham in Somerville, Mass. 

Advances in brain science are driving the convergence of microscopic and macroscopic imaging of the human brain by enabling study of the spatial distribution and temporal orchestration of mesoscopic events in the brain. (While there is no formal consensus as to the definition of ‘mesoscopic’ or ‘mesoscale,’ the latter generally refers to the spatial and temporal scales at which local groups of neurons act in coherent fashion.) The new symposium will highlight the latest findings from, and thinking about, mesoscale imaging research. 

The event will include presentations by such distinguished speakers as Elizabeth Hillman, Laura Lewis, Jonathan Polimeni and Anastasia Yendiki, as well as a “fireside chat” with neuroimaging pioneers Bruce Rosen and Jeff Lichtman. 

In addition, it will offer a poster session, panel discussions led by senior faculty at the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and flash oral abstract presentations. 

The symposium will be open to the public and hosted in the state-of-the-art conference rooms on MGB’s Assembly Row campus, which is easily accessible both by car and by public transportation. The date aligns with the annual meeting of the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology, to be held in Boston October 7-9.

The Center for Mesoscale Mapping at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MIT Health Sciences & Technology-based Neuroimaging Training Program are organizing the event.