fMRI at high magnetic fields: Spatial resolution limits and applications

Seminar | September 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Essa Yacoub, University of Minnesota

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

While higher magnetic fields present the opportunity to address higher resolution neuroscience questions, such applications are faced with confounds of fMRI spatial specificity, as well as technical challenges in acquiring higher resolution images. Significant efforts have been put forth over the past 20 years towards understanding these issues and in addressing them with technical developments. Access to higher fields, and the methods required for higher resolution fMRI applications, are becoming more accessible and, with that, the opportunity to significantly advance our understanding of how the human brain works at its most fundamental levels.