BIRC Lectures and Workshops

BIRC is offering two educational sessions over the course of the 2021 Spring semester. All UConn faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. All events are held virtuallyRegistration is required and is due two weeks before each event. Please send inquiries to:


Introduction to fMRI

Wednesday, March 24 2021 10am-12pm

This virtual seminar will introduce the essentials of using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study brain function at the UConn Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC). Topics include:

  • How fMRI signals are measured and how this relates to neural activity
  • The principles of designing an fMRI paradigm
  • A survey of common types of fMRI experiments
  • Typical steps in analyzing fMRI data
  • Logistics of planning an fMRI experiment

Register here using your or email address.

Introduction to fMRI Preprocessing with BIDS Apps

Wednesday, April 7 2021 10am-12pm

This virtual seminar will introduce researchers working with fMRI data to the use of the reproducible scientific computing for fMRI preprocessing. Topics include:

  • Standardizing neuroimaging file organization using the Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS)
  • Containers and reproducible computing
  • UConn computing resources
  • Quality assurance using mriqc
  • fMRI preprocessing using fmriprep

Participants should be familiar with the types of scans collected in a typical fMRI protocol and common preprocessing steps.

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