The recent advent of whole-brain neuroimaging techniques has revolutionised fundamental brain research and biomedical applications, as it has made it possible to non-invasively study structures and processes in the brain of awake human volunteers and patients. Among the various techniques that can reveal structural (MRI), metabolic (fMRI, PET) or electrophysiological (EEG) properties of the brain, a unique niche is occupied by magnetoencephalography (MEG). MEG has both high structural and temporal resolution and thus allows to map the dynamics of human brain activity with high precision in both space and time. It is the most participant-friendly technique, as it involves no chemicals or radioactive substances, no high-strength magnetic fields and no electrode attachment to the skin; the participant is not confined in a narrow noisy scanner environment but is comfortably positioned in an open-space quiet MEG chamber. What is more, MEG readily integrates with other modalities, including EEG, structural and functional MRI, and it is this multi-modal integration of data that makes it unparalleled in obtaining rich information about the human brain function. The technical complexities and challenges of MEG, which relies on registering minuscule magnetic fields produced by neurons, means that it has fostered an unprecedented level of cooperation between different sciences which involves neurophysiologists, physicists, psychologists, psychiatrists and neurologists, engineers, neurocomputational modellers, neurosurgeons, cognitive scientists, software developers, linguists and many others. Truly, MEG is where the most exciting developments in human neuroimaging are taking place.
Aarhus University is proud to host the first MEG in Scandinavia, and one of the very few in Northern Europe. This latest-generation machine is located at the Danish Neuroscience Centre (DNC), a unique infrastructure that hosts the widest range of neuroscience techniques under one roof: fMRI, PET, 2-photon microscopy, 9T small-sample MRI, EEG, navigated TMS, neurosurgical and wet neurophysiology facilities and many others, all integrated within a research-clinical network of Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital.
On 13-14 May 2014, DNC and Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN) are organising a workshop dedicated to highlighting the most recent developments in MEG and its integration with other modalities. You are cordially invited to take part in this event, meet the keynote speakers and AU scientists, visit the labs and discuss possible collaborations.
DATE: Wednesday 14 May 2014
TIME: 10:45 - 17:00
PLACE: DNC Auditorium, Aarhus University Hospital, Building 10G, Nørrebrogade 44, 8000 Aarhus C.
3 keynote talks by international scientists of the highest reputation, each with their unique angle and contribution to the field:
There will also be a general introduction to the MEG and other neuroimaging facilities at the DNC, a lab tour, and a possibility to discuss collaborations and joint projects with the AU MEG group.
The programme (click here for more detailed version) will take place between 10:45-17:00, including a lunch break and a reception at the end of the day.
The Aarhus MEG Special 2014 is free, but registration is obligatory (follow the link below to go to REGISTRATION).
The schedule is subject to change, so please check this page for updates.
Note also the seminar on special topics in MEG scheduled for 13 May 2014 - see more ...