Multimodality Short Course

Robert L. Savoy, Ph.D., Course Director
Next Program:  Spring 2019 (Sun->Sat); exact dates to be determined

The Multimodality Short Course is a new, more compact (i.e., shorter) version of a two-week-long program that had been run at the Martinos Center from 2007-2016, under the auspices of a specific, time-limited NIH funding mechanism.  The new version will be similar in most ways to that program, but different in a few important ways, as listed below:

  • As in the past, participants will be exposed to a host of functional brainimagin technologies by leading experts in the respective technologies, including: MRI, fMRI, MRS, PET, TMS, EEG, MEG, NIRS, and others.
  • Admission is on a first-come / first-served basis.  (There is no longer a competitive admission process.)
  • The duration of the program is 7 days (6 nights) from Sunday through Saturday.
  • Tuition will be US$2000 for regular registration; US$1700 for post-doctoral fellows; US$1300 for graduate students.
  • Faculty will be drawn primarily from the Martinos Center for Biomedial Imaging, with additional lecturers from other institutions including MIT, Harvard University, McLean Hospital, Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital.


The MGH/MIT/HMS Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, located in Charlestown Massachusetts (5 minutes from Boston), offers a program that will address the burgeoning collection of functional and structural brain imaging methods.

The goal of this ambitious workshop is to demonstrate the ways in which a large variety of techniques are being applied to questions in human brain function. Participants will receive exposure to MRI, FMRI, DTI, DSI, MRS, PET, EEG, MEG, NIRS, DOT, TMS, and a variety of molecular and computational approaches to studying human brain function in vivo. There will also be some discussion of more invasive techniques such as implanted electrodes and direct cortical stimulation---tools that are used before and during surgery. To bring this heterogeneous collection of technologies together, a number of unifying themes (in both the lectures and the classroom/laboratory activities) will be used. Unifying themes will include mode of activation (blood-based, electrical, trauma/clinical), physiological underpinnings (from basic biophysics of the effects to molecular and energetic considerations), psychological (using all modalities on the same questions), and others. Activities will include design of a variety of experiments, exposure to a variety of software tools, tours and demonstrations of the techniques in action, and selected keynote lectures to exemplify particular experimental domains in which many of these techniques have been brought to bear on a specific problem.

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The Registration and Payment Process

The 2017 MultiModality Short Course (MMSC) was the first edition of the new format.  It will not be held in 2018, but will be held again in the spring of 2019 at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, in Charlestown, Mass.  Registrations are processed on a "first come, first-served" basis.  

  • The usual "minimum class size" for this program is 15.
  • The strict maximum class size is 52, but we anticipate an actual class size of 24-40.  If there are more than 52 registrations, subsequent applications will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Tuition will be US$2000 for regular registration; US$1700 for post-doctoral fellows; $US1300 for graduate students.
  • Payment can be made via credit card or Paypal by clicking here.  
  • Payment by check can be made by mail, with a check made out to the Massachusetts General Hospital and mailed to Stacey Ladieu, Room 2301; Buidling 149 13th Street; Charlestown, MA  02129

Estimated Costs

The tuition covers part of the cost for operating the program.  It typically includes one or two dinners, but participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs, and most meals.  Recommended Accommodation is the Constitution Inn, where a block of rooms has been reserved. The course administrator, Stacey Ladieu, will help coordinate room sharing for interested participants after selection. Accommodations at other local hotels are also available but at higher rates. Questions? Email