Trends in Imaging Brain Development – POSTPONED

This event has been postponed to an indeterminate date in line with government and McGill coronavirus (COVID-19) directives. 


Organisation of Human Brain Mapping – OHBM 2020 Satellite Event

9am-5pm, June 25, 2020

Free Registration here via Eventbrite
Speaker Program:

Student/Trainees interested in giving a  flash talk and poster presentation: Register here

Due to a combination of genetics and environmental factors (epigenetics), the structure and function of neural connections are in constant transformation. Until recently, our understanding of the influence of environmental factors, including synaptogenesis and synaptic pruning, has been largely derived from animal models and post-mortem studies.

Novel neuroimaging technologies, methods and studies, aided by advanced image-processing algorithms, have now created a paradigm shift, permitting comprehensive, non-invasive investigation of brain structure and function in humans.

Neuroimaging combined with network neuroscience has shifted the focus of research from ‘developmental changes in brain structure and function’ to ‘cognitive brain networks’ – the changing relationships among disparate brain components during both normal and abnormal brain development.

Join us for this OHBM 2020 satellite symposium to learn about some of these key areas of change:

    • Recent advances in methodologies in analysing neuroimaging data.
    • Insights into brain development from large-scale open datasets including ABCD, ABIDE, etc.
    • The importance of longitudinal neuroimaging data in understanding cognitive development and psychopathology.
    • The role of genetics and epigenetics in normal and abnormal brain development.

Organised by Budhachandra Khundrakpam, McGill University, Canada; Kathryn Mills, University of Oregon, USA; Catherine Level, University of Calgary; and Marc Seal, University of Melbourne, Australia.


8:30 – 8:50 am


8:50 – 9:00 am

Welcome Remarks: Alan Evans, McGill University

9:00 – 10:30 am


    • Testing for spatial correspondence between maps of human brain structure and function: Aaron Alexander-Bloch, University of Pennsylvania
    • A moment of change: shifts in myeloarchitecture characterise adolescent development of cortical gradients: Casey Paquola, McGill University
    • Capturing neurodevelopment through multivariate models: Marc Seal, University of Melbourne

10:30 – 11:00 am

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

Utility of open science — Insights from large-scale datasets:

    • Identifying Reproducible Individual Differences in Childhood Functional Brain Networks: Scott Marek, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Toward autism biomarkers using large-scale data repositories: Adriana Di Martino, Child Mind Institute

12:00 – 12:30 pm

Flash Talks by Trainees

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch and poster session

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Longitudinal neuroimaging and cognition/psychopathology:

    • TBD: Catherine Lebel, University of Calgary
    • TBD: Kathryn Mills, University of Oregon
    • Longitudinal early childhood brain and cognitive development: Signe Bray, University of Calgary
    • Longitudinal EEG power in the first postnatal year differentiates autism outcomes: Laurel Gabard Durnam, Harvard University

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Coffee break and poster session

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Genetics and Epigenetics:

    • Combining MRI and polygenic risk scores for understanding neurodevelopmental disorders: Budhachandra Khundrakpam, McGill University
    • Epigenetics and brain development: Linda Booij, Concordia University

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Poster session and reception

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