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International Training Course on Neuroimaging of Epilepsy

May 16-19, 2019

You are cordially invited to the International Training Course on Neuroimaging of Epilepsy to be held at the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre of the Montreal Neurological Institute May 16-19, 2019.

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, founded by Dr W. Penfield, is a renowned epilepsy surgery center. The McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) is a research facility that brings together a large group of researchers in neurology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, physics and computer science. The BIC houses cutting-edge equipment, including 1.5T and 3T MRI scanners, PET, SPECT, MEG and high-performance computational infrastructures.

The course will provide clinicians and scientists working in epilepsy with an understanding of fundamentals and practical skills related to neuroimaging. The course welcomes both individuals with and those without prior expertise in neuroimaging. In addition to offering methodological insights, emphasis will be placed on clinical decision-making and translation to local settings.

Morning sessions will consist of lectures given by a faculty of world-class neuroimagers and epileptologists. In the afternoon, participants will benefit from hand-on sessions guided by a team of experienced tutors, including image acquisition in the MRI suite, quality control procedures, visual MRI analysis, functional MRI, together with established and cutting-edge diagnostic techniques. Following the suggestion of previous attendees, in 2019 we will include more hands-on sessions for review of cases.

Registration is online now, here.

Program Day 1

Thursday, May 16
Basics of MRI acquisition and visual diagnostics

AM: Lectures
7:45-8:45 Name tag at desk / Breakfast
8:45-9 Welcome
A. Bernasconi
9-10

Principles of MRI and novel quantitative contrasts
D. Rudko

10- 11 MRI protocol and visual evaluation
A. Bernasconi
11 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Optimizing visual diagnostics
F. Cendes
12:30-14 Lunch Break
PM: Hands-on teaching sessions
14-15 Structural MRI acquisition
MRI suite; N. Bernasconi
15-17 Case studies - Visual diagnostics
A. and N Bernasconi/F. Cendes
17-17:30 Break
17:30-19 Case studies - Group discussion
19-21 Welcome reception
The Neuro

Lectures will be held in the de Grand Pre Communication Centre located in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Hands-on sessions will be held in the de Grand Pre Communication Centre, the 3T MRI suite (Siemens Prisma), and the Neuroimaging of epilepsy laboratory.

Program Day 2

Friday, May 17
Computer-aided structural MRI - Methods and applications

AM: Lectures
8-9 Breakfast
9-10 Basic principles of image processing
L. Collins
10-11 Image analysis - Temporal lobe epilepsy
N. Bernasconi
11-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Image analysis - Neocortical epilepsy
A. Bernasconi
12:30-14 Lunch Break
PM: Hands-on teaching sessions
14-14:30 Computer-aided diagnostics pipeline methods
N. Bernasconi
14:30-16:15 Cases studies - Computer-aided diagnostics
N. and A. Bernasconi
16:15-16:30 Break
16:30-18:30 Case studies - Group discussion

Lectures will be held in the de Grand Pre Communication Centre located in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Hands-on sessions will be held in the de Grand Pre Communication Centre, the 3T MRI suite (Siemens Prisma), and the Neuroimaging of epilepsy laboratory.

Program Day 3

Saturday, May 18
Functional imaging and connectivity analysis

AM: Lectures
8-9 Breakfast
9-10 Task-based fMRI - Language and memory
M. Koepp 
10-11 Analysis of brain connectivity - Principles and applications
B. Bernhardt 
11-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Multimodal imaging of benign epilepsy
A. Labate
12:30-14 Lunch Break
PM: Hands-on teaching sessions
14-15:30 Resting fMRI and language fMRI acquisition
MRI suite; D. Klein/K. Mok
15:30-18 FMRI processing and case studies
D. Klein/K. Mok
19:30-23 Social event - Dinner in Montreal

Program Day 4

Sunday, May 19
Computer-aided diagnostics

AM: Hands-on teaching session
8-9

Breakfast

9-10:30 Case studies - Computer-aided diagnostics
N. and A. Bernasconi
10:30-11:30 Final group discussion
11:30-noon Concluding remarks, feedback, handing out of certificate of participation

Lectures will be held in the de Grand Pre Communication Centre located in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Hands-on sessions will be held in the de Grand Pre Communication Centre, the 3T MRI suite (Siemens Prisma), and the Neuroimaging of epilepsy laboratory.

Hotels

Hotel Monville Montreal

Featuring original design and cutting-edge technology, Hotel Monville offers travellers a panoramic view of the city in a cozy and convivial atmosphere. Hotel amenities include king sized beds, online check-in and check-out, high speed Wi-Fi, and access to a 24/7 gym. A mere two minute walking distance from Old Montreal and Quartier des Spectacles, explore the city in this prime downtown location a stone’s throw away from Place D’Armes Metro.

To book with Hotel, please mention your guest affiliation with McGill University, in order to benefit from the preferential rate at the moment of your reservation. Online registration can be made on their website at www.hotelmonville.com. Individual reservation can be made by phone locally at +1 (514) 379 2000 or through email by writing to groupes [at] hotelmonville.com. Rates are subject to room availability. We encourage you to book as soon as possible, given the limited amount of rooms offered at the preferred rate.

Hotel Monville Montreal offers rooms available from the 15th of May up to the 19th of May.
The rate per night starts at 179$ for standard rooms (subject to additional tax fees) for single or double occupancy. Check in time is at 4:00 PM and check out time is at 12:00 PM the following day. The cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to arrival date.


McGill University has agreements for special rates with several other downtown hotels.

Follow this link to see the selection.

Organizing Committee

Andrea Bernasconi, Course Director

Neda Labdon-Bernasconi

Debbie Rashcovsky, Events Officer

Facilities Directions

Building directions to the de Grandpré Communications Centre

  • When entering the main MNI lobby turn left and go to the end of the hallway.
  • Turn right and pass the first set of elevators on your right.
  • Go to the second set of elevators that are near the Neurosurgery offices on your right.
  • Take the elevators down to 2B which is the Brain Imaging Centre.
  • When exiting the elevators go right then right again past the reception desk.
  • Go through a set of doors and go down the hall through the second set of doors.
  • You are now entering the Molson Pavilion. Go down the hall and pass through
    the third set of doors. You are now entering the Brain Tumour Research Centre.
  • There are a set of elevators on your left near the third set of doors.
  • Take the elevators down to 3B which is the bottom floor.
  • The de Grandpré Communications Centreis on the right side of the elevators when you exit.

de Grandpré Communications Centre

Contact

Debbie Rashcovsky
Events Officer

Director's Office
Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital
3801 University Street Suite 640
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4

Tel: 514-398-6047 Fax: 514-398-8248
Email:debbie.rashcovsky [at] mcgill.ca 

2017- Attendees comments and evaluations

“Many thanks for the wonderful course!”

“Thank you again for organizing such an excellent program on neuroimaging in epilepsy. After the course, we decided to implement the basic protocols and are planning to elaborate our functional imaging!”

“I want to thank you for the opportunity to attend the neuroimaging workshop in epilepsy. I did learn a lot!”

“Thank you for organizing this wonderful course, which I really benefit from. Thank you also for showing me around the Montreal Neurological Institute and letting me have the chance to get to know its history!”

General comments *
This course met my expectations: 4.8/5

Organization and logistics
The technical support was efficient: 4.7/5

Learning outcomes
What I have learned in the course will allow me to

a) Select MR sequences for epilepsy patients: 4.7/5

b) Interpret and localize MRI features of various epileptogenic lesions: 4.9/5

c) Understand the role of advanced MRI sequences: 4.8/5

d) Modify the use MRI in my clinical practice: 4.7/5

(* Scores: 1 lowest, 5 highest)

2017 - Pictures

 

 

 

The Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital is a McGill University research and teaching institute; delivering the highest quality of care to patients, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. The Neuro is proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.