KAIST Workshop on Neuroimaging and Brain Mapping
December 3 (Fri.), 2010
Fusion Hall, KI Building (1F), KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
WCU Neuro Systems Research Group
Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, KAIST
Department of Computer Science, KAIST
Korea Research Foundation, KAIST ICC, KORANET
The field of Neuroscience and Neuroimaging is truly an interdisciplinary approach which draws knowledge from traditional sciences such as physics, chemistry, neurology, neurobiology, and from the cognitive sciences such as psychiatry and psychology.
Neuroimaging itself is a relatively new and emerging area of research in science, engineering and medicine. With the development of X-ray CT (computed tomography) in the late 1900's, the field of neuroimaging has taken huge strides forward since, with the invention of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), PET (positron emission tomography), MEG (magnetoencephalography), and EEG (electroencephalography).
These imaging modalities allows for non-invasive in-vivo imaging of human brains allowing physicians to diagnose brain disease and abnormalities early without the use of invasive surgery. It has also allowed scientists and researchers to explore the inner structures as well as chemistry of the human brain in-vivo, extending the research field of neuroscience from the study of mice and rats to the human brain. In addition analyzing methods such as DTI, anatomical segmentation and fMRI allows us to gain in-depth knowdedge to the structural and functional features of individual human brains.
This workshop will address methods using neuroimaging to study mechanisms of brain function and how these depend on structure and/or architecture of the brain. It will also address image analysis of these neuroimaging modalities for brain mapping and clinical applications.
We invited nine distinguished speakers from abroad and Korea to provide a comprehensive overview of the current trends and research being performed in this field. I hope you will all enjoy this workshop and that it will provide invaluable knowledge and stimulate discussion and new ideas for future research.