With many states and counties advancing into lockdown (SF is stating lockdown of the whole city together with neighboring counties effective tonight – just announced! I believe it will come our way to CT sooner than we think/hope. I hope I am wrong), we have made some adjustments.
We technically remain open until the university announcement, but …
We have cancelled all research scans until 4/6 and will continue to discourage scanning unless you can convince us 🙂
While UCHC has decided to only cancel elective surgery at this point, and no outpatient services are cancelled, we have agreed to cancel/postpone all clinical scans as well. We will scan the remaining patients if there are critical needs but have suspended all clinical scans at least until 4/6 as well. We are currently not booking any new patients. Thanks for Leo Wolansky (UCHC Radiology Department Chair)’s understanding in the service of protecting our staff.
Hence no disinfection will be done as complete telecommuting has started.
If you have critical needs please contact me.
Stay safe and happy…
A quick update to you all.
We are currently technically open. But we do not have any research scans until the weekend (and they are non-EEG) and will likely close as soon as we get guidance from VPR. They are in discussions and will propose recommendations to the President this afternoon. We are urging the university to stop all non-critical/essential research that does not impact human health ASAP. We should have updates before any further research scans are done.
We are in discussions with UCHC Radiology to stop clinical MRI as well as they are non-priority scans.
We remain open virtually for any consultations or training that can be done remotely. We will suspend in person MRI safety training until further notice. LMK if this impacts your research plans.
Please do not come in to use the conference rooms or data room unless necessary. While we have staff telecommute, we will not be disinfecting the areas as we had originally planned and was doing last week. If you do need to come in to BIRC, please contact me.
At this time BIRC will continue to be fully operational. Any scheduled research will not be impacted, and investigators can schedule additional research times as needed.
Please note that we will be complying with the University’s request to have staff and faculty telecommute when possible and may not be in the facility during normal business hours; however, please feel free to email any questions to Fumiko Hoeft, Roeland Hancock, or Elisa Medeiros.
To encourage minimizing potentially sick participants and staff/students from coming in and concerns from COVID-19, we will waive last minute cancellation fees due to illness. We have received permission from CLAS and this will continue until the end of March. We will revisit at the end of March. Please notify Manager of MRI Services Elisa for such instances.
RESPIRATORY VIRAL ILLNESS (Including Covid‐19/Influenza) BIRC GUIDELINES
Because many individuals from UConn and the surrounding communities utilize BIRC facilities, we are providing guidance on entering BIRC facilities and running participants. Also, please report a respiratory viral illness (Covid-19 or influenza) diagnosis to the Director of BIRC if you have been in the BIRC facilities within 14 days prior to the diagnosis.
FEVER (Temp >38°C/100.4°F), no other symptoms
Stay at home. Investigators and participants may participate in BIRC research activities only when there has been at least 24 hours of no fever without the use of antipyretics (i.e., fever‐ reducing medications, such as Tylenol®, Motrin®, etc.)
FEVER (Temp >38°C/100.4°F) WITH THESE SYMPTOMS: Cough, Sore throat, Nasal Congestion / Runny Nose, Myalgia (body aches)
Stay at home. Investigators and participants may participate in BIRC research activities only when there has been at least 24 hours of no fever without the use of antipyretics (i.e., fever‐ reducing medications, such as Tylenol®, Motrin®, etc.) AND symptoms have significantly improved
NO FEVER BUT WITH ONE OR MORE OF THESE SYMPTOMS: Cough, Sore throat, Nasal Congestion / Runny Nose, Myalgia (body aches)
You may enter BIRC facilities but please avoid close-contact research activities such as EEG/TMS, and avoid being in closed areas with another investigator or participant for a prolonged period of time (e.g. psychological testing in a testing room) UNTIL 24 hours have passed since the start of symptoms AND symptoms have significantly improved
Effective 22 March 2020, studies funded by a seed grant can be scheduled in any open MRI research slot within seven or fewer calendar days.
Please feel free to contact Elisa
if you have any questions.
James V. Haxby, PhD
Wednesday, February 20 2019 3:30-5:00PM Bousfield A106
Abstract: Multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) has revealed that information is encoded in finegrained patterns of cortical activity that can be measured with fMRI. Study of cortical functional connectivity also has revealed fine-grained topographies in the connectome that are closely related to these patterns of activity. The surface structure of functional cortical topographies, however, allows considerable variability across brains for encoding the same information. We introduced a new conceptual framework with computational algorithms that make it possible to model the shared information that is encoded in fine-grained functional topographies that vary across brains. This framework, “hyperalignment”, models shared information as a high-dimensional information space, rather than attempting to model a shared or canonical topographic structure in the physical space of cortical anatomy. Hyperalignment is based on computational algorithms that discover this space and calculate transformations that project individually-variable patterns of neural activity and connectivity into the common model information space.
Research Focus: My current research focuses on the development of computational methods for building models of representational spaces. We assume that distributed population responses encode information. Within a cortical field, a broad range of stimuli or cognitive states can be represented as different patterns of response. We use fMRI to measure these patterns of response and multivariate pattern (MVP) analysis to decode their meaning. We are currently developing methods that make it possible to decode an individual’s brain data using MVP classifiers that are based on other subjects’ data. We use a complex, natural stimulus to sample a broad range of brain representational states as a basis for building high-dimensional models of representational spaces within cortical fields. These models are based on response tuning functions that are common across subjects. Initially, we demonstrated the validity of such a model in ventral temporal cortex. We are working on building similar models in other visual areas and in auditory areas. We also plan to investigate representation of social cognition using this same conceptual framework.
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