BOLD Brownbag Series

BIRC is pleased to present a series of informal BOLD Brownbag talks, held on Wednesdays from 9-10 AM in Bous 162. If you are not currently on the MRI distribution list, but would like to hear updates about these talks, please join the list serve. This venue is an informal one, geared toward discussion of work in progress (especially methodological/analytical) rather than formal polished presentations of finished products (though we’ll have some of those as well!).

Current schedule:

Ross Buck
fMRI Correlates of Emotional and Cognitive Empathy Using Dynamic, Naturalistic, and Spontaneous Facial Displays
Rachel Theodore
Determinants of Phonetic Category Structure in Language Impairment
Roeland Hancock
Zac Ekves
Functional Connectivity Between Cognitive Control and Episodic Memory Systems in Event Comprehension
Monica Li
Spoken Word Rec fMRI
Charles Davis
Memory for Episodic Context with Abstract and Concrete Concepts: Role of the Hippocampus
Jeff Kinsella-Shaw / Adam Lepley
TMS/DTI/MRI Measures of Motor Cortex Reorganized as a Consequence of Training
Monica Ly
Machine Learning of DTI and Resting State fMRI data
Kayleigh Ryherd and Nicole Landi
Reading and MRI
Tim Michaels
Simultaneous fMRI/EEG in Schizophrenia
Yanina Prystauka
Object State-Change Processing in Language Comprehension: an fMRI sStudy
Sahil Luthra
Individual Differences in Learning Non-native Speech Sounds: fMRI and DTI Approaches
Jeff Burke
fMRI and EEG and Chronic Irritability
Chi-Ming Chen
EEG in Prefrontal Cortex
Jeff Kinsella-Shaw
Face Perception, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and DTI
2/14 TBA
2/21 TBA
2/28 TBA
3/7 TBA
3/14 TBA
3/21 TBA
3/28 TBA
4/4 TBA
4/11 TBA

MR Methods Training for Faculty

  • This two session seminar will discuss conceptual issues in the design, execution and analysis of MRI experiments. The seminar is intended for faculty, although graduate students and postdocs are welcome to attend if space permits. The seminar will be held on September 8th and 22nd, 10am-12pm in BOUS160. Please plan to attend both sessions and register below.
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BIRC Early Start Grant Program

The Early Start program provides up to 24 hours of scanning time following the submission of an external grant, thus allowing PIs to begin their research while their proposals are under review and, if their proposals are not funded, providing them with pilot data to strengthen resubmissions.   An Early Start award will end when the PI receives notice-of-award of the external grant or one year after approval of the Early Start proposal, whichever comes first. Applications will be accepted at any time.  For more information on the Early Start program, please contact

Seed Grant Proposal Deadline August 28

The next deadline for Seed Grant proposals is August 28, 2017.

The Seed Grant Program is intended for both experienced MRI users seeking pilot data and researchers with little or no MRI experience seeking to establish a track record of MRI research.

More information about Seed Grants is available on the Seed Grants page.

Change in leadership at BIRC

After serving as Director since BIRC’s inception, Jay Rueckl will taking a well-earned sabbatical leave.  Inge-Marie Eigsti will step in as Acting Director of BIRC.  Dr. Eigsti’s imaging research centers on neural circuitry underlying the processing of language and special interests in autism spectrum disorder (see a recent article  here).

Appointment of Dr. Roeland Hancock

The BIRC pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Roeland Hancock as Associate Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center. Roeland received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Since 2013, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco working with Fumiko Hoeft, an innovative leader in MRI research. Roeland has expertise in functional, structural and spectroscopic magnetic resonance imaging, as well software development, project management, and magneto/electroencephalography.

Roeland’s research interests concern the neurobiological factors underlying individual variability in language processing and the application of new mathematical and computational techniques to understanding these processes. His most recent work has focused on the effects of neurochemistry on the neural dynamics of speech and auditory processing.
Roeland’s appointment will begin on June 23.

MRI Seed Grants

The BIRC is pleased to announce the availability of a Seed Grant program.  Seed Grants are intended to support external grant applications by demonstrating the feasibility of an experimental protocol, developing the scientific and technical expertise of the investigators, providing evidence of successful collaboration, and generating publications in peer-reviewed journals. The Seed Grant Program is intended for both experienced MRI users seeking pilot data and researchers with little or no MRI experience seeking to establish a track record of MRI research.

More information about Seed Grants is available on the Seed Grants page.