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Live Online Course – 1st edition

Introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

November 9th-16th, 2022

Course Introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)


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Neuroimaging methods are used with increasing frequency in clinical practice and basic research. fMRI is one of the most widely used techniques for investigating the living, functioning human brain as people perform tasks and experience mental states, and a convergence point for multidisciplinary work.

This course will introduce the basic principles of neuroimaging methods as applied to human subjects research.  The course also seeks to present neuroscience concepts and terminology necessary for a basic understanding of neuroimaging applications. Topics include fMRI experimental design, data acquisition, imaging preprocessing, statistical analysis, and results interpretation. Each session will be divided in two strands: a theoretical taught class and a hands-on practice to analyze data.

MRI mock data will be facilitated by the course instructor.

All participants must have a computer (Windows, Macintosh, Linux).  To correctly run the examples, you will need a computer with at least 8 Gb of RAM and 240 Gb of space in your hard drive.

You will need to have installed the following software:

Matlab (if you do not have it you can use the trial version): https://la.mathworks.com/campaigns/products/trials.html

Webcam and headphones are strongly recommended, as well as a good internet connection. You will need a camera to do the exercises.

Lucy Alba-Ferrara Instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Lucy Alba-Ferrara
Universidad Austral


Dates & Schedule

November 9th-16th, 2022

Online live sessions on 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, and 16th of November, from 14:00 to 18:30 (Madrid time zone)

Total course hours: 22.5

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.



This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught through live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom.

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.


Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end.

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

Transmitting Science

Fees & Discounts

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2022):
  • 445 €
    (356 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2022):
  • 495 €
    (396 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • All prices include VAT.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance on the course.
    Payment is not required during registration.

We offer discounts on the Course Fee.

Discounts are not cumulative. Participants receive the highest appropriate discount.

We also offer the possibility of paying in two instalments. Please contact us to request this.

Former participants of Transmitting Science courses receive a 5% discount on the Course Fee.

20% discount on the Course Fee is offered to members of certain organisations (Ambassador Institutions). If you wish to apply for this discount, please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later). If you would like your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador Institution, please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com

Unemployed scientists, as well as PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, can benefit from a 40% discount on the Course Fee. This applies only to participants based in Spain. If you wish to ask for this discount, please contact us. The discount may apply for a maximum of 2 places, which will be covered by strict registration order.