The program will consist of a combination of a number of outstanding international invited speakers and proffered papers. The aims are to cover the latest topics in functional MRI, with emphasis on connectivity mapping, provide training on the latest methods, and provide a forum for rich discussion on controversies, and future directions as well as on interpretations of new methods. Attendance will be limited to 80-100 attendees to ensure an intimate forum for discussion.

The detailed program guide for the 3rd Scientific Whistler Workshop is available for download here.


The 3rd Whistler Scientific Workshop: Whistler-Blackcomb, BC, Canada – March 6-9, 2016Brain Functional Organization, Connectivity and Behavior:

Sunday, March 6,2016Check-in: noon – 6pm
6:00 – 8:00pmOpening cocktail party, Emerald B
Monday, March 7, 2016
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast, Alpine CD
Session 1Connectivity: Basis and Applications, Chair Todd Constable,  Alpine AB
8:30 – 9:00amMartijn van den Heuvel: “Microscale basis for macroscale connectivity”
9:00 – 9:30amSimon Eickhoff: “From mapping functions to functional mapping”
9:30 – 10:00amEmily Finn: “Functional connectome fingerprinting: Identifying individuals and predicting behavior using patterns of brain connectivity”
10:00 – 10:30amCoffee, Alpine Foyer
10:30 - 10:40amJason Druzgal: “Durability of the Functional Connectome Fingerprint”
10:40 - 10:50amAmanda Mejia: “Scan Length, Shrinkage and Reliability of Resting-State Functional Connectivity in the Human Connectome Project”
10:50 - 11:00amAnn Choe: “Reproducibility and temporal structure in weekly resting-state fMRI over a period of 3.5 years”
11:00 - 11:10amKendrick Kay: “What is the meaning of functional connectivity? Characterizing the information-processing operations that produce correlated signals across brain areas”
11:10 - 11:20amRhodri Cusack: “The Maturity of a Network’s Functional Architecture Does Not Correspond to the Maturity of the Functioning it Supports”
11:20 - 11:30amSigne Bray: “Is there modularity in the development of gray and white matter across childhood and adolescence?”
11:30 - 11:40amLili He: “Early Detection at Birth of Reduced Sensorimotor Functional Connectivity in Infants with Cerebral Palsy”
11:40 - 11:50amGalit Pelled: “Magnetic modulation of neuronal activity”
11:50 - 12:00pmValentin Riedl: “Metabolic Connectivity Mapping reveals effective connectivity in the resting brain”
12 noonBox Lunch
12:00 – 4:30pmBreak
4:30 – 5:00pmCoffee, Alpine Foyer
Session 2Temporal Dynamics I, Chair Monica Rosenberg,  Alpine AB
5:00 – 5:30pmVince Calhoun: “The chronnectome: incorporating time into the whole-brain functional connectome”
5:30 – 6:00pmMartin Lindquist: “Evaluating the Reproducibility of Dynamic Connectivity in fMRI”
6:00 – 6:30pmMark Woolrich: “Fast transient large-scale brain networks”
6:30 – 6:40pmMac Shine: “Dynamic fluctuations in integration and segregation within the functional connectome”
6:40 – 6:50pmJessica R. Cohen: “Intrinsic Dynamic Functional Connectivity Predicts Individual Differences in Cognition”
6:50 – 7:00pmJeff Duyn: “The effect of arousal on fMRI signal”
7:00 – 7:10pmTodd S. Woodward: “Constrained Principal Component Analysis for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI-CPCA): A Data-Driven Functional Connectivity Method for Task-Based fMRI”
7:10 – 7:20pmTamara Vanderwal: “After Effects: Functional connectivity during task-free rest that follows movies”
7:20 – 7:30pmZhongming Liu: “Intrinsic Functional Networks within Visual Cortex Supports Naturalistic Visual Perception”
7:30pmAdjourn for the day
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast, Alpine CD
Session 3Temporal Dynamics II, Cognitive Control, Attention and Learning:  Chair Tamara Vanderwal,  Alpine AB
8:30 – 9:00amCameron Craddock: “Tracking dynamic networks in real-time”
9:00 – 9:30amMichael Breakspear: “Brain waves and chimera states: Mechanisms of cortical metastability”
9:30 – 10:00amDanielle Bassett: “Network Dynamics of Cognitive Control: Functional Role and Structural Predictors”
10:00 – 10:30amCoffee Break, Alpine Foyer
10:30 – 11:00amVinod Menon: “Dynamic spatiotemporal organization of cognitive control systems in the human brain”
11:00 – 11:20amMonica Rosenberg: “Predicting attention from whole-brain functional connectivity”
11:20 – 11:50amDaphna Shohamy: “Brain networks for learning: connectivity, flexibility and individual differences”
11:50 – 12:00pmDavid Jangraw: “BOLD Functional Connectivity Features Outperform Magnitude Features in Classifying Attention to, But Not Presence Of, Distracting Speech During Reading”
12 noonBox Lunch
12:00 – 4:30pmBreak
4:30 – 5:00pmCoffee
Session 4Connectivity Disruptions in Psychiatric Illness,  Chair Emily Finn,  Alpine AB
5:00 – 5:30pmSusan Whitfield-Gabrieli: “Resting state networks in psychiatric disorders: early identification, pharmacological/behavioral modulations and prediction of clinical outcome”
5:30 – 6:00pmChristine Guo: “Distinct signatures of brain connectivity in depression subtypes revealed by naturalistic fMRI paradigms”
6:00 – 6:30pmAlex Fornito: “Genetic and developmental influences on hub connectivity of the brain”
6:30 – 6:40pmChristian L Dansereau: “Functional subtypes for prediction in schizophrenia”
6:40 – 6:50pmSiyuan Liu: “Attenuated Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Patients with Childhood and Adult-Onset Schizophrenia, Not in Their Siblings”
6:50 – 7:00pmKimberly L. Ray: “Functional Network Properties of Cognitive Control in Health and Schizophrenia”
7:00 – 7:10pmKaustubh Supekar: “Aberrant brain network dynamics in childhood autism and its relation to behavioral inflexibility”
7:10 – 7:20pmMahmoud Hassan: “Neurological disorders: a network perspective from dense-EEG”
7:30pmGroup Photo
7:40 – 9:30pmDinner/Reception, Emerald A
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast, Alpine CD
Session 5Connectivity: Metabolism, Mechanisms, and Disruptions II, Chair Clarisse Mark,  Alpine AB
8:30 – 9:00amShella Keilholtz: “The Neurophysiological Basis of BOLD Network Dynamics”
9:00 – 9:30amAnna Devor: “Cell type specificity of neurovascular coupling in cerebral cortex”
9:30 – 10:00amRavi Menon: “The metabolic cost of resting state networks and their nodes”
10:00 – 10:30amCoffee, Alpine Foyer
10:30 - 10:40amLaurentius Huber: “Directional Connectivity Measured with Layer-Dependent fMRI in Human Sensory-Motor System”
10:40 - 10:50amErin Mazerolle: “Functional connectivity changes associated with a six-month aerobic exercise intervention in older adults are not explained by CBF or BOLD-CVR changes”
10:50 - 11:00amManish Saggar: “Quantifying fluctuations in intrinsic brain activity without spatial or temporal averaging using topology”
11:00 – 11:10amKangjoo Lee: “Detection of functional hubs from resting state fMRI data and their reorganization in Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy”
11:10 – 11:20amNoora Tuovinen: “Salience Network Alterations in PIGD Subtype of Parkinson's Disease”
11:20 – 11:30amJames Baraniuk: “Gulf War Illness (GWI) Redefined as a Brain Network Disorder Using Functional Connectivity”
11:30 – 11:40amJingyun Chen: “Analysis on Diffusion Spectrum Imaging Using Low Rank plus Sparse Decomposition, with Applications for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury”
11:40 – 11:50amSteven Baete: “Improved Group Difference detection in Higher Order DiffusionAcquisitions Using Low Rank plus Sparse Decomposition of ODF Distributions"
11:50 – 12:00pmWrap-up Todd Constable
12:00pmBox Lunch – meeting adjourned

Past Programs

Please find a summary of the past workshop programs below that include the speaker lists and their talk titles. 


The 2nd Whistler Scientific Workshop Program (2014 Conference):

The names in BOLD below denote invited speakers.

Sunday - March 9, 2014Check-in: noon – 6pm
6:00 – 8:00pmOpening cocktail party, Alpine Foyer
Monday - March 10, 2014
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast, Alpine CD
Session 1Session Chair : Todd Constable, Alpine AB
8:30 – 9:00amGael Varoquaux: “What can we learn of brain connectivity by mining resting-state?”
9:00 – 9:30amTom Liu: “What can we learn from multimodal Imaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG) of resting state brain activity?”
9:30 – 10:00amThomas Yeo: “Organization of the Human Brain Estimated by Intrinsic Functional Connectivity”
10:00 – 10:30amCoffee, Alpine Foyer
10:30 - 10:45amXilin Shen, Emily Finn, Dustin Scheinost, Xenios Papademetris, Todd Constable: “Deriving a Functional Brain Atlas from Resting-State fMRI”
10:45 - 11:00amKesshi Jordan, Monica Bucci, Kelly Westlake, Bagrat Amirbekian, Leighton Hinkley, Anne Findlay, Srikantan Nagaragan, Roland Henry: “Partial Least Squares Modeling of Combined Functional and Structural Neuroimaging Data in the Hand-Motor Network”
11:00 - 11:15amJane E. Joseph, Josh Swearingen, Stacia DeSantis, Xun Zhu, Leo Bonilha, Ali Tabesh, Thomas Naselaris, Ramesh Bhatt, Brian Dean: “Functional Integration and Segregation in Face and Default Mode Networks During Development”
11:15 - 11:30amAga Burznska, Wong CN, Voss MW, Cooke G, Knecht A, Olson EA, Gothe NP, Lweis A, Wojcicki TR, Fanning J, Chung HD, Awick E, McAuley E, Kramer AF: “Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Physical Activity are Associated with Higher BOLD Signal Variability in Old Age”
11:30 - 11:45amEyesha Hashim, Pierre-Louis Bazin, Nadejda Zaharieva, Christopher D. Rowley, Nicholas A. Bock: “Myelinated Cortical Thickness Measurements”
11:45 - 12 noonSteve Baete, Fernando Boada: “Improved diffusion Spectrum Imaging by Radial q-Space Sampling using a Multi-Echo Stimulated Echo Diffusion Sequence”
12 noonBox Lunch
12:00 – 4:30pmBreak
4:30 – 5:00pmCoffee, Alpine Foyer
Session 2Session Chair: Marvin Chun, Alpine AB
5:00 – 5:30pmGalit Pelled: “Mapping and manipulating neuroplasticity”
5:30 – 6:00pmNick Turk-Browne: “Background interactions supporting perception and attention”
6:00 – 6:15pmMonica Rosenberg, Emily Finn, Todd Constable, Marvin Chun: “Predicting moment-to-moment attentional state during continuous task performance”
6:15 – 6:30pmEmily Finn, Monica Rosenberg, Xilin Shen, Dustin Scheinost, Xenios Papademetris, Marvin Chun, Todd Constable: “Complex brain networks at rest predict subsequent working memory performance”
6:30 – 6:45pmClive R. Rosenthal, Tammy WC Ng, Thomas D. Miller, Chrystalina A. Antoniades, Christopher Kennard, Penny A. Gowland, David Soto: “Early Visual Cortex Interactions Associated with the Learning and Recognition of Seen and Unseen Sequences of Events”
6:45 – 7:00pmBetty M. Tijms, HM Yeung, SAM Sikkes, C Moller, LL Smits, CJ Stam, Ph. Scheltens, WM van der Flier, F Barkhof, “Grey Matter Graphs in Alzheimer's Disease: Their Relationship with Inter-Individual Differences in Cognitive Impairment and Functional Connectivity”
7:00 – 7:15pmJessica Bartley, Kimberly L Ray, Michael C Riedel, Julio A Yanes, Peter T Fox, Eric Brewe, Angela R Laird, “Meta analysis of problem solving within mathematical and verbal domains”
7:15 – 7:30pmSilvina G Horovitz, Sule Tinaz, Beth Belluscio, Patrick Malone, Peter Lauro, Mark Hallett, “Tourette Syndrome: A Multmodal Imaging Approach”
Tuesday - March 11, 2014
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast, Alpine CD
Session 3Session Chair: Afonso Silva, Alpine AB
8:30 – 9:00amStephen LaConte: “Predicting intrinsic brain activity”
9:00 – 9:30amMartijn van den Heuvel: “The Rich Club: an anatomical infrastructure for communication and integration among functional brain networks ”
9:30 – 10:00amMichael Breakspear: “The geometric center of the brain”
10:00 – 10:30amCoffee Break, Alpine Foyer
10:30 – 10:45amMichael C. Riedel, Kimberly L. Ray, Peter T. Fox, Angela R. Laird: “Representational Similarity Analysis Reveals Functional Connectivity Disruptions in Schizophrenia”
10:45 – 11:00amKimberly Ray, Damaraju E, Riedel MC, Calhoun VD, Ueker AM, Eickhoff SB, Fox PT, Turner JA, Laird AR: “Towards a Prediction of Cognitive Deficits Based on Underlying Connectivity Differences in Schizophrenia”
11:00 – 11:30amAmir Shmuel: “Neurophysiological mechanisms underlying spontaneous fluctuations in hemodynamic signals”
11:30 – 12:00pmJoe Mandeville: “Interpreting fMRI through PET correlations with occupancy within and beyond the classical model”
12 noonBox Lunch
12:00 – 4:30pmBreak
4:30 – 5:00pmCoffee
Session 4Session Chair: Peter Bandettini, Alpine AB
5:00 – 5:15pmKaundinya Gopinath, Kevin Murnane, Eric Maltbie, Leonard Howell: “Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Fronto-Striatal Networks During Abstinence Predicts Cocaine Consumption after Relapse: Results from a fMRI Study on Awake Non-Human Primates”
5:15 – 5:30pmAnabelle Belcher, Dardo Tomasi, Cecil Chern-Chyi Yen, Lucia Notardonato, Haley Stepp, Jennifer L. Ciuchta, Thomas J. Ross, Elliot Stein, Yihong Yang, Nora D. Volkow, Afonso C. Silva: “Resting-state Networks in Conscious Marmoset Monkeys”
5:30 – 5:45pmZhifeng Liang, Xiao Liu, Nanyin Zhang: “Dynamic Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Awake Animals”
5:45 – 6:15pmZhongming Liu: “Multimodal Hyperspectral Imaging of Brain Activity and Connectivity ”
6:15 – 6:45pmMark Chiew: “Accelerating resting state FMRI acquisition with rank-constrained image reconstruction ”
6:45 – 7:00pmJi Hyun Ko, Phoebe Spetsieris, Yilong Ma, Vijay Dhawan, David Eidelberg: “Statistical Comparisons of Topographical Similarity Between Independently Derived Brain Networks”
7:00 – 7:15pmScott Peltier, Jillian Wiggins, Laura Swain, Yongbin Kwak, Brett Fling, Christopher Monk, Rachael Seidler, Stephan Taylor, Robert Welsh: “Support Vector Classification and Prediction of Aging Using Resting-State Functional MRI Connectivity”
7:15 – 7:30pmGroup Photo
7:30 – 9:30pmDinner/Reception, Emerald A
Wednesday - March 12, 2014
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast, Alpine CD
Session 5Session Chair: Bruce Pike, Alpine AB
8:30 – 9:00amJessica Damoiseaux: “Early detection of abnormal functional connectivity changes in older adults ”
9:00 – 9:30amMaxime Guye: “Functional connectivity in epilepsy”
9:30 – 9:45amHalleh Ghaderi, F Alsubaie, AF Sadikot, GB Pike: “Functional Target Localization for Neurosurgery: Task-Based fMRI (tb-fMRI) versus Resting State fMRI (rs-fMRI)”
9:45 – 10:00amChristophe Grova, Christian L Dansereau, Pierre Bellec, Kangjoo Lee, Francesca Pittau, Jean Gotman: “Detection of Abnormal Resting-State Networks in Individuals (DANI): Application in Epilepsy”
10:00 – 10:15amRaphael Liegeois, Mohamed Bahri, Mattia Zorzi, Steven Laureys, Rodolphe Sepulchre: “Dynamic Properties of fMRI Functional Connectivity in Neuronal Networks Mediating Consciousness”
10:15 – 10:30amCoffee, Alpine Foyer
10:30 - 11:00amAngela Laird: “Understanding Intrinsic Connectivity Networks: A Meta-Analytic Approach"
11:00 – 11:15amRebecca J Lepping, RA Atchley, RE Ingram, LE Matrin, WK Simmons, E Chrysikou, WM Brooks, CR Savage: “Functional Connectivity Between the Subgenual Anterior Cingulate and Frontal Cortex is Altered by Frequency of Past Depressive Symptoms”
11:15 – 11:45amXiaoping Hu: “Dealing with Individual Variability in Resting state Functional Connectivity”
11:45 – 12:00noonDouglas D. Garrett, Thomas Grandy, Markus Werkle-Bergner: “On distinguishing the variance of a brain signal from its information content”
12:00 – 12:15pmF. Isik Karahanoglu, Dimitri Van de Ville: “Investigating the overlapping networks in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging with total activation”
12:15pmBox Lunch – meeting adjourned


The 1st Whistler Scientific Workshop Program (2012 Conference):

Sunday - Feb 26, 2012Check-in: noon – 6pm
6:00 – 8:00pmOpening cocktail party
Monday - Feb 27, 2012
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast
Session 1Moderator : Bruce Pike, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University
8:30 – 9:00amBrian Macvicar, University of British Columbia, Brain Research Center, Dept. of Psychiatry
“Astrocytes and the connection between brain activity and cerebral blood flow”
9:00 – 9:30amRoger Springett, Optics in Medicine Lab, Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering
"Mitochondrial oxygenation in the brain of small animals"
9:30 – 10:00amDavid Boas, AA Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH, Harvard
“Blood flow increases to maintain constant tissue PO2 during brain activation”
10:00 – 10:30amCoffee
10:30 - 10:45amP1 Rafal Janik, Neuronal Activation Induced Changes in Microvascular Network Geometry
10:45 - 11:00amP2 Laurentius Huber, Hypercapnia-Induced and Stimulus-Induced Changes in Cerebral Blood Volume (CBV) in Human at 7T
11:00 - 11:15amP3 Clarisse I. Mark, BOLD-Calibration: Baseline R2'dHb-Estimates versus End-Tidal Controlled Hypercapnia
11:15 - 11:30amP4 Claudine Gauthier, A generalization of calibrated MRI methods providing micromolar resting-state and task-evoked change values for oxidative metabolism
11:30 - 11:45amP5 Peiying Liu, A comparison of physiologic modulators of fMRI signals
11:45 - 12 noonDiscussion
12 noonBox Lunch
12:00 – 4:30pmBreak
4:30 – 5:00pmCoffee
Session 2Moderator: Rick Hoge, Physiology and Radiology, Universite de Montreal
5:00 – 5:30pmAfonso Silva, NINDS, NIH
“Anatomy meets function: integration of anatomical and functional magnetic resonance imaging in conscious, awake marmosets”
5:30 – 6:00pmRobert Turner, Max Planck Institute, Department of Neurophysics, Leipzig
“In-vivo submillimetre MR microscopy of structure, function and connectivity in human brain: some implications for neuroimaging research”
6:00 – 6:30pmPeter Koopmans, Donders Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen
“Laminar fMRI in humans”
6:30 – 6:45pmP6 David Ress, Evaluation of the BOLD hemodynamic response function in the human brain using high-resolution fMRI
6:45 – 7:00pmP7 Aneurin J Kennerley, Multimodal neuroimaging reveals the deep layer cortical origin of the negative BOLD response.
6:45 – 7:00pmBetty M. Tijms, HM Yeung, SAM Sikkes, C Moller, LL Smits, CJ Stam, Ph. Scheltens, WM van der Flier, F Barkhof, “Grey Matter Graphs in Alzheimer's Disease: Their Relationship with Inter-Individual Differences in Cognitive Impairment and Functional Connectivity”
7:00 – 7:15pmDiscussion
Tuesday - Feb 28, 2012
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast
Session 3Moderator: Karla Miller, FMRIB Centre, University of Oxford
8:30 – 9:00amHanzhang Lu, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
“A turn-key solution for the measurement of brain oxygen metabolism”
9:00 – 9:15amP8 Pelin Ciris, Non-invasive Whole-Brain MRI Quantification of Absolute Cerebral Blood Volume and Flow during Visual Stimulation in Normal Humans
9:15 – 9:30amP9 Laurentius Huber, Slab-selective, BOLD-corrected VASO (SS-VASO) in human brain at 7T
9:30 – 10:00amJeff Duyn, NIH/NINDS Neuroscience, Bethesda
“Sources of temporal correlation in fMRI signals”
10:00 – 10:30amCoffee
10:30 – 11:00amSteve Smith, Oxford University Centre for fMRI of the Brain, Oxford
“New results on temporal dynamics of resting functional networks from FMRI and MEG”
11:00 – 11:30amXiaoping Hu, Center for Systems Imaging, Emory University, Atlanta
“Assessment of evolution in brain connectivity”
11:30 – 11:45pmP10 Gopikrishna Deshpande, Anterior-Posterior dissociation of the default mode network in dogs
11:45 - 12 noonDiscussion
12 noon
Box Lunch
12:00 – 4:30pmBreak
4:30 - 5:00pm
Session 4Moderator: Noam Harel, Diagnostic Radiology, University of Minnesota
5:00 – 5:30pmPeter Bandettini, NINDS, NIH
“There's still more there: uncovering new transients and whole-brain connectivity patterns in single subjects”
5:30– 6:00pmMark Lowe, Cleveland Clinic, Diagnostic Radiology, Cleveland
"The effect of exercise on resting state functional connectivity in Parkinson’s Disease"
6:00 – 6:30pmScott Holland, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
“Modeling Developmental Changes in Functional Brain Networks Supporting Language”
6:30 – 6:45pmP11 Mariana Lazar, Structural and functional characterization of the posterior superior temporal sulcus in autism spectrum disorders
6:45 – 7:00pmP12 Andrew Poliakov, Functional connectivity analysis reveals disrupted interhemispheric connectivity in unilateral hemispheric disease
7:00 – 7:30pmDiscussion
7:30 – 9:30pmDinner/Reception
Wednesday - Feb 29, 2012
7:30 - 8:30amBreakfast
Session 5Moderator: Andy Stenger, Department of Medicine, University of Hawaii
8:30 – 9:00amEssa Yacoub, University of Minnesota, CMRR, Minneapolis
"Fast acquisitions for fMRI and diffusion imaging"
9:00 – 9:15amP14 Benedikt Poser, Multiplexing for high temporal resolution fMRI
9:15 – 9:45amStefan Posse, Department of Neurology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
“High-speed real-time fMRI using multi-slab echo volumar imaging”
9:45 – 10:15amPierre Levan, Diagnostic Radiology, University Medical Center, Freiburg
“MR-Encephalography: ultra-fast whole-brain imaging of functional activity”
10:15 – 10:30amP13 Jakob Assländer, MR Encephalography using a spherical stack of spirals trajectory
10:30 – 10:45amCoffee
10:45 - 11:15amMichelle Hampson, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven
“Modulating intrinsic connectivity”
11:15 – 11:45amFernando Boada, University of Pittsburgh, MRRC, Pittsburgh
“High definition fiber tracking: A technique for outlining the brain's network infrastructure”
11:45 – 12:00pmP15 Scott Peltier, Multivariate classification of complex and multi-echo fMRI data
12:00 – 12:15pmDiscussion and Wrap up – Todd Constable/Bojana Stefanovic
12:15pmBox Lunch – meeting adjourned