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NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research: Addressing Neuroimaging Challenges Across Populations and Settings

Monday, September 21, 2020

This meeting will be held virtually on September 21-22, 2020.

Please visit the full meeting website here, which includes registration information. The draft agenda can be found here.

 

Purpose

Advances in neuroimaging techniques and analysis—many of which have been supported by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a collaborative trans-NIH framework that supports research on the nervous system—have dramatically increased our knowledge of the human brain and how it works.

However, many challenges related to neuroimaging have not experienced the same progress. For example, certain populations (e.g., children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults with cognitive impairment, those who experience acute psychiatric symptoms during neuroimaging, and individuals with pacemakers and other indwelling devices) remain difficult to image for a variety of reasons. As a result, they are underrepresented in these efforts, and findings may not be generally applicable to them. Likewise, neuroimaging locations, such as critical care, community, or low-resource settings, may also require special consideration and additional attention.

This conference focuses on addressing challenges associated with neuroimaging across a range of populations, settings, and approaches to study design and analysis. It brings together neuroimaging experts from both clinical and research backgrounds and technical developers working with multiple neuroimaging modalities to discuss the following:

  • Common and/or complementary themes
  • Gaps in knowledge
  • Best practices
  • Promising new strategies
  • Future directions