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|Date & Location||Speakers|
|Friday, April 24
Franco Pestill, PhD
(Psychology, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Indiana University)
Software project: francopestilli.github.io/life
Innovation for in-vivo white-matter mapping using LiFE and ensemble tractography
Magnetic resonance diffusion imaging and computational tractography are the only technologies that enable neuroscientists to measure white matter in the living human brain. In the decade since their development, these technologies revolutionized our understanding of the importance of the human white-matter for health and disease. The white matter pathways comprise a set of active wires and the responses and properties of these wires predict human cognitive and emotional abilities in health and disease. Beside excitement, the need for a systematic approach to tractography validation (Pestilli Scientific Data 2015) and a framework to perform statistical model testing can be seen in recent reports in Science that set out to characterize human white matter structure (Van Wedeen et al., Science 2011; Catani et al., Science 2011).