Pre-Conference Workshop

New Yorker Hotel

Gramercy Suite
481 8th Ave
New York, NY

29 August 2019
8am to 3:30pm


Sponsored by

“FIT’NG In: Establishing Best Practices for Infant Neuroimaging”


Workshop Presenters:

Brittany Howell, PhD, University of Minnesota
Rebecca Knickmeyer-Santelli, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina
Emma Robinson, PhD, King’s College London
Dustin Scheinost, PhD, Yale School of Medicine

Workshop Description:

There are unique challenges with the use of MRI during early brain development in humans. We will provide a forum to discuss these challenges and approaches to improving MRI data collection, processing, and analyses with infants. The aim is to facilitate communication and collaborative science amongst the community of scientists using MRI to study infant brain development. This workshop is particularly timely given the recent announcement of the HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study, a large-scale NIH initiative to examine brain development from infancy through early childhood. The workshop will have talks related to three important areas in infant and toddler neuroimaging: 1) scan and data collection procedures, 2) data processing and analyses procedures, and 3) unique discoveries and applications of infant neuroimaging studies.

  1. Scan and Data Collection Procedures Obtaining high quality neuroimaging data with infants is extremely challenging and represents a barrier to progress in developmental neuroscience. This portion of the program will therefore focus on current best practices for obtaining neuroimaging data with infants during natural sleep. The presentation will bring together and synthesize information gleaned from different leading researchers regarding the setup and procedures used to scan infants. The emphasis will be on information that is not easily accessible without having contact with these researchers (i.e. tricks of the trade).
  2. Data Processing and Analyses Procedures The development of automated tools for brain morphometric analysis in infants has lagged significantly behind analogous tools for adults. Similarly, common standards used in adult functional MRI analyses (such as template space, functional parcellations, MNI coordinates, canonical hemodynamic response functions) do not exist. This portion of the program will focus on a summary of technical challenges that developers face, an introduction to tools that are currently available to the scientific community, and discussion of needed standards and capabilities that are still missing.
  3. Unique Discoveries and Applications of Infant Neuroimaging Studies Given the challenges associated with collecting and processing infant neuroimaging data, it is important to ask what insights this work has provided. What has it helped us understand about trajectories of brain development? And how the early environment influences brain development? These presentations will highlight the utility of this methodology and provide real world examples of studies in which the right data collection and processing has occurred and allowed for answering important scientific questions.


The workshop fee is $30. Spaces is limited to 50 and pre-registration is required. Registration to the pre-conference workshop can be made with conference registration (opening February 28).

Organized by the Fetal, Infant, Toddler Neuroimaging Group (FIT’NG)
Founding Members:
Alice Graham, PhD Oregon Health & Science University
Dustin Scheinost, PhD Yale School of Medicine
Marisa Spann, PhD, MPH Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Lilla Zollei, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Sponsored by BioImage Suite Web