Neuroimaging

Mission Statement and Goals:

Our mission is to bring the UCLA neuroimaging community together to discuss the field's most recent findings and methodological developments.  Our emphasis is on functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), positron emission tomography (PET) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in both humans and animals.  We aim to ensure that neuroimaging researchers at all levels of training have the opportunity to learn and teach within the community.  We accomplish these goals by hosting bi-monthly meetings throughout the academic year.  These meetings take one of three formats on an alternating schedule:  member-led article presentations and discussion, round-table forums focused on each member's current research and faculty-led didactic sessions with an emphasis on best practices in neuroimaging research. 

Description of Program:

We are an expansion of the Neuroimaging Journal Club, a course that has been successfully student-run for the past 6 years, into an official affinity group.  As an affinity group, we plan to have 5 meetings per quarter.  In journal-club style meetings, a trainee (graduate student or post-doc) presents a recently published neuroimaging-focused, peer-reviewed paper; this is followed by a group discussion that critically evaluates the design, methods and conclusions of the article.  In data presentations, a trainee presents their current unpublished research and the group provides critical feedback with the hope of strengthening such projects for publication.  These informal presentations not only allow researchers to gain feedback on their work, but also serve to introduce other members to new research questions, analysis techniques, and the personnel capable of providing methodological mentorship.  Didactic sessions provide an in-depth introduction to a cutting-edge research method, including how to practically implement such a method in one's own research.  Techniques which are covered include, but are not limited to connectivity modeling, graph theoretical analysis, multivariate pattern analysis and multi-model data fusion.

Affinity Group Participants:

Faculty:

Ariana Anderson (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Carrie Bearden (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Susan Bookheimer (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Ali Burggren (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Mirella Dapretto (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Pamela Douglas (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Jamie Feusner (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Dara Ghahremani (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Edythe London (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Agatha Lenartowicz (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Greg Miller (Psychology)

Katherine Narr (Neurology)

Joseph O'Neill (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Jesse Rissman (Psychology)

Patty Walshaw (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Postdoctoral Scholars:

Zahra M. Aghajan (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Omar Al-Hashimi (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Milky Kohno (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

David Kronemeyer (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Jessica Lake (Psychology)

Yanhui Liao (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Angelica Morales (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Teena Moody (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Leo Moore (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Jean-Baptiste Pochon (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Evangelia Tsolaki (Neurosurgery)

Megha Vasavada (Neurology)

Katie Young (Psychology)

Graduate Students:

Morgan Bartholomew (Psychology)

Jeff Chiang (Psychology)

Chris Ching (Psychology)

Tiffany Chow (Psychology)

Nicole Desforges (NSIDP)

John Dell'Italia (Psychology)

Natalie DeShelter (Psychology)

Joel Frolich (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Tessa Harrison (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Leanna Hernandez (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Rachel Jonas (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Micah Johnson (Psychology)

Katherine Lawrence (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Natalia Lee (NSIDP)

Amy Lin (NSIDP)

Janelle Liu (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Cassie Meyer (NSIDP)

Tara Patterson (Psychology

Nicco Reggente (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Tawny Tsang (Psychology)

Don Vaughn (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Andrew Westphal (Psychology)

Amy Zheng (Psychology)

SRAs:

Hilary Bowman (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Stephanie Njau (Neurology)

Peter Schuette (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Michelle Tran (Neurosurgery)

How to Join:

Jesse A. Rissman, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
6639 Franz Hall
Mail Code: 156304
Phone: 310-825-4084; Fax: 310-206-5895
Email: rissman@psych.ucla.edu

Jamie D. Feusner, Ph.D
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science
300 Med. Plaza, Room 2200
Mail Code: 696824
Phone: 310-206-4951
Email: jfeusner@mednet.ucla.edu

Martin Monti, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Biobehavioral Sciences
7461E Franz Hall
Mail Code: 156304
Phone: 310-825-8546
Email: monti@psych.ucla.edu

Graduate Student Coordinators:

Katherine Lawrence

Janelle Liu

Nicco Reggente

Tessa Harrison