Training & Dissemination

LONIR provides training for a wide spectrum of investigators, including colleagues across the country, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and high school students. Trainees from different disciplines learn the theory and applications of LONIR tools, as well as their assumptions, advantages, limitations, and best practices.

A variety of workshops and conferences, both local and national, showcase the LONIR activities with the goal of attracting and training investigators to use the new tools and techniques developed by LONIR. Examples of LONIR training activities include training workshops, conference symposia and presentations, LONI Presents series, special interest group (SIG) meetings, undergraduate and graduate courses, students and postdoctoral trainees, and visiting scientists.

Workshops, Seminars, and University-Level Courses

LONIR provides regular seminars, workshops, and courses on advanced information technology. Building on a mature and established Training Program in Neuroimaging, the Resource has designed our workshops and courses to include training on multidimensional modeling.

On October 12, 2019, the Institute hosted it’s first SoCal High-Lo Field MR Imaging Workshop.  The event convened approximately 100 participants from across California for training and collaboration, centered around the Institute’s ultra-high-field 7T Terra MRI system located at the Center for Image Acquisition.

Also in October, faculty from the Institute partnered with faculty from the USC’s Information Sciences Institute to host a half-day workshop on reproducibility efforts across disciplines, focusing on current problems and solutions in the neurosciences and cross-disciplinary machine learning algorithms.

In February 2020, the Institute is organizing a conference, New Horizons in Brain Imaging: Neuroimaging across the Human Lifespan, to bring together researchers from around the Pacific and beyond to discuss recent trends and progress towards future advancements in neuroimaging that allow for targeted assessments at specific points along the lifespan. The conference will also cover developments towards mapping trajectories and longitudinal changes of the brain in health and disease.

Each summer, the Institute hosts undergraduate research fellows each summer from California State University, Fullerton through the Big Data Discovery & Diversity through Research Education Advancement and Partnership (BD3 REAP) program, which trains students from traditionally underrepresented groups in big data science. After conducting research on a big data project of their choosing throughout the summer, students present their findings to the INI team and at relevant regional conferences. The Institute is also a training site for the California State University, Northridge Radiologic Sciences program, through which it hosts CSUN bachelor’s students studying MR technology for educational sessions and research rotations.

Connection to formal USC Training Programs

LONIR is linked to a number of NIH Training Programs (T32s) for graduate fellowships. As an integrative resource spanning the fields of computer science, mathematics and image analysis, LONIR contributes to interdisciplinary neuroimaging research at USC and beyond.

The INI is home to a one-year Master of Science (MS) degree program focused on neuroimaging and the associated informatics. This advanced program of study provides students with a deep understanding of the scientific and clinical underpinnings of neuroimaging science; they also learn how to leverage integrative computational processing to make sense of imaging data. A new curriculum is currently being developing, pending approval by the university. This will include a new elective “Data Science in Neuroimaging” class, a new “Science Communications” class, and a new elective Master’s Thesis option.

Efforts are also now underway to gain funding for a new Diversity in Aging R25 training grant in a continuation of our previous successful training grant collaboration with Dr. Archana McEligot at California State University, Fullerton. More than 20 faculty members across the USC campuses have already agreed to be a part of this new training effort.

LONIR is linked to a number of NIH Training Programs (T32s) for graduate fellowships, including a new cross-disciplinary partnership at USC to find multimodal biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease. As an integrative resource spanning the fields of computer science, mathematics and image analysis, LONIR contributes to interdisciplinary neuroimaging research at USC and beyond.

Visiting Scholar Series

The LONIR visiting scholar series is designed to provide long-term training of individuals who are interested in neuroimaging and multi-dimensional modeling. During the past year, more than 10 visiting scientists have joined LONI for extended stays.

Current Visiting Scientists

Name Institution Country
Linfeng Yan China Scholarship Council China
Dae Lim Kuh Seoul Metropolitan Government Boramae Medical Center Korea
Lingli Zeng National University of Defense Technology China
Yuncai Ran First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University China
Eunkee Bae Inha University Hospital Korea
Wi-Sun Ryu Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital Korea
Qing Xia Shandong University China
Gilsoon Park Hanyang University Korea
Yian Wang Tongji University School of Medicine China
Soonhyun Yook Hanyang University Korea
Chuchu Qi Fourth Military Medical University China

 

Dissemination of Hardcopy & Electronic Materials

For years, our group has committed to developing electronic training tools for medical students and other trainees, as well as interactive media for presenting material to interested colleagues. This includes custom graphics and video as well as educational presentations. Hardcopy materials, in the form of manuals and software protocols, are a necessary adjunct to electronic resources.

The INI has developed an educational software program, MRillustrated, that uses conceptual visualization to teach the physics concepts underlying magnetic resonance imaging. The project is a series of narrated modules that cover various aspects of MRI physics, including pulse sequences, statistical analyses and diffusion. A prototype of the teaching tool is now live on the INI website.

LONIR Support of K-12 Education

In July 2019, the Institute hosted exceptional high school students through USC’s Bovard Scholars program. The students were given an introduction to a broad scope of research efforts taking place at INI, including recent neuroscientific and computational advances, from the perspectives of current undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-graduate researchers and faculty.

LONIR has also continued its participation and sponsorship of K-12 activities, including through its involvement with the Los Angeles/Irvine portion of the International Brain Bee, which encourages children to learn about neuroscience and psychology from an early age.

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