CBS Neuroimaging Short Courses

Semester Courses

Seminar Series

Additional Training Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Senior Thesis in Neuroimaging


CBS Neuroimaging Short Courses 

The CBS Neuroimaging Core Staff offers numerous training sessions, workshops, and lectures on neuroimaging topics at introductory and advanced levels. See Schedule and Short Course Descriptions for details on the sessions offered. A selection of these will be offered each semester.

Additional sessions may be added if there is sufficient interest. If you are interested in a session but are unable to attend the scheduled time, please let us know. We may be able to add sessions if there is sufficient interest.

In addition, we offer tours of the Neuroimaging Facility with live demonstrations of functional magnetic resonance imaging (with real time data analysis) and transcranial magnetic stimulation for undergraduate and graduate semester courses in related disciplines. These can be customized to suit the interests and time-constraints of the group. For more information and to schedule a tour, please contact Caroline West at wcwest [at] fas [dot] harvard [dot] edu.

Undergraduate Short Course:

Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Center for Brain Science
Neuroimaging Core Staff
Friday April 3, 2020; 1:30-4:30 PM 

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has become one of the most important techniques for studying the human brain in action. This short course is intended to introduce the basic principles of fMRI and to provide an opportunity for students to experience neuroimaging research first-hand in an informal setting. It is ideal for students considering pursuing advanced study or research assistantships within professors’ research laboratories.

Note: Enrollment: Limited to 15. Priority to undergraduates. Others may attend if space permits.

Semester Courses

PSY 1309 - Essentials of fMRI for Cognitive Neuroscientists

Department of Psychology
Talia Konkle
Fall 2019-2020 Monday 12:00-2:30 PM

With functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we can now see into the human brain and map activity across different regions. If you are using fMRI in your research, or think you may want to in the future, this course will cover the critical aspects of neuroimaging with the goal of making you an informed practitioner. In the first part of the course, we will cover content including signal acquisition, experimental protocol design and power, and the general linear modeling framework for data analysis. In the second part of the course, we will survey the recent advances in fMRI data analysis, e.g. multivariate analyses, voxel-wise encoding models, functional connectivity analyses. Depending on your level of experience, you will complete a project that employs one of these techniques, either on your own dataset, or from datasets available online.

Note: This course is intended for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students.


BE 128 - Introduction to Biomedical Imaging and Systems

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Linsey Moyer
Spring 2020

The course is designed as an introduction for students who want to gain both hands on training as well as an introduction to the physics and image reconstruction techniques involved in generating images. The course will introduce the fundamentals of the major imaging modalities including, but not limited to: electron microscopy, optical microscopy, x-ray, computed tomography, ultrasound, MRI, and nuclear imaging, as well as an overview of in vivo imaging and molecular imaging. This course also includes a lab section every other week.

Note: Undergraduate. Enrollment limited to 24 students.


MBB 980V - The Functional and Structural Human Brain Connectome

Medical School
Lisa Nickerson
Spring 2020, Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 PM; course ID 215757, class # 23653

Studies of functional connectivity (FC) of the human brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) data collected during wakeful rest have revolutionized our understanding of the brain's organization at the network level. Consistent with networks observed at rest, in vivo FMRI studies of brain activity during performance of tasks also reveal that large-scale brain networks that are engaged during task performance are the same as those that are "active" at rest. More recently, structural MRI has revealed gray matter structural covariance networks and advances in diffusion MRI have made it possible to study the white matter structural connectome via in vivo fiber tracking. In this course, we will learn the basics of MRI methods used for connectomics research, including structural, diffusion, and functional MRI, and how each of these techniques are used to study the structural and functional connectome of the human brain. Key methodological and interpretational issues for each technique will be discussed, including comparative neuroanatomy research that aims to integrate MRI connectomic measures with findings from translational studies using tracer injections to gain an understanding of the mechanisms underpinning MRI measures of connectivity. We will then discuss some of the brain networks that have been reported in the literature using these methods, and the links between structural and functional connectomes, with a focus on networks implicated in psychopathology and addiction. Last, we will discuss open access resources for connectomics research, including CoCoMac, the Healthy Adult Connectome Project, Lifespan and Disease Connectome Projects, and the CONNECT Project.

Seminar Series

Center for Brain Science Seminars
Center for Brain Science
Neuroscience talks by Harvard researchers and invited speakers from other institutions.
CBS Brownbag - Mondays at noon NW 243; CBS Neurolunch - Mondays at noon or Wednesdays at 1:00 NW 243; for a list of all seminars including special seminars go to

Cognition, Brain, & Behavior Research Seminar
Department of Psychology
Invited speakers from Harvard and around the country present research on relevant topics, occasionally involving neuroimaging. Thursdays at 12:00-1:30pm, William James Hall 765, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge.

Brain Mapping
Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Brain Mapping seminars are by and for researchers using neuroimaging to study human brain function, and for anyone interested in learning about neuroimaging. Presentations by Martinos Center researchers, collaborators, and outside speakers. Wednesdays at noon, MGH Building 149, room 2204, 13th St., Charlestown. Once a month the seminars are held on Wednesdays at 4pm in MIT building 46, McGovern seminar room.

Additional Training Opportunities

FAS Research Computing Training Sessions

The FAS research computing team offers numerous traing sessions on general computing topics, including using the Odyssey cluster.

Continuing Education Courses at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging:

Connectivity Course: Structural and Functional Brain Connectivity via MRI and fMRI: This is a five-day program on functional and structural connectivity using MRI. 

The CONN Toolbox: This program is devoted to teaching the use of the CONN Toolbox for analyzing resting state connectivity data.

fMRI Visiting Fellowship Program: This program provides an in-depth introduction to the field of functional magnetic resonance imaging.

The Multimodality Short Course: This 7-day course addresses the burgeoning collection of functional and structural brain imaging methods.

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Course: This introductory course covers the fundamentals of fNIRS and offers hands-on experience in its application.

FreeSurfer Tutorial and Workshop:  The FreeSurfer Development Team hosts a three-day course for beginner and experienced users of FreeSurfer.

Research Opportunities

Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative
Research opportunities for Harvard undergraduates, some of which include neuroimaging

Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Graduate and postgraduate paid and unpaid neuroimaging research opportunities.

Senior Thesis in Neuroimaging

The Center for Brain Science provides scan time at no charge for approved senior thesis projects using MRI. Every effort will be made to accomodate student thesis projects with the limited amount of scan time that is available.

To apply for a thesis award please submit the following information:

  • A copy of the approved thesis proposal in pdf format
  • Name of adviser and of any co-advisers
  • Number of subjects required
  • Estimate of the amount of time you will need in the scanner for each subject
  • Estimated timeframe for the start/end of the MRI project

Please send applications to Caroline West (wcwest [at] fas [dot] harvard [dot] edu).

List of Previous Senior Theses in Neuroimaging