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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 22

Upcoming Events

· October 28th, 10:00 AM: Bi-Weekly Lecture Series with Dr. Ali Gholipour

· October 29th, NBS Webinar Series: Neonatal Metabolic Epilepsies - Dr. Phillip Pearl

· October 30th: Flu Vaccination deadline

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Bi-Weekly Lecture Series with Dr. Ali Gholipour

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 28th from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Title: Advancing Fetal Neuroimaging Tools and Resources


An embryo’s developing brain generates neurons at an astonishing rate of almost half a million per minute from the 4th week of pregnancy until mid-gestation. At this stage, the fetal brain goes through complex processes of neuronal migration, synaptogenesis, apoptosis, and myelination, to ultimately form the most complex known living organ. Our interest in understanding the relative effects of genes and environment, and the effects of early life events and conditions on brain development is long-standing. Advances in in-vivo fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have driven a vastly improved analysis of prenatal brain development, in-utero, in the recent years. In this presentation, we will first discuss the motion-robust super-resolution slice-to-volume reconstruction techniques that has been at the center of these advances. We will focus on T2-weighted and diffusion-weighted MRI of the fetal brain. Then, we will discuss the applications of these techniques, including the construction of normative, spatiotemporal MRI atlases of the fetal brain; and techniques to improve fetal brain MRI acquisition and processing that include image segmentation and registration for group analysis. We will also discuss some of the knowledge gained from the advances in fetal MRI analysis.


Ali Gholipour is an Associate Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Intelligent Medical Imaging research group at the Computational Radiology Laboratory, and Director of Translational Research in the Radiology Department at Boston Children’s Hospital. He received all his degrees in Electrical Engineering (PhD’08 at the Univ. of Texas at Dallas, and MSc’03, BSc’01 at the Univ. of Tehran), and is a Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). With long-term research interests in signal and image processing and intelligent systems, his research has focused on machine learning in medical imaging, where he has developed new techniques and tools for brain functional localization, motion and distortion correction in MRI, image registration and segmentation, motion-robust super-resolution volume reconstruction, motion-robust diffusion-weighted MRI, atlas construction, and group analysis. Dr. Gholipour has served as principal investigator of projects funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2011, and has received awards from the Thrasher Research Fund, the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, the McKnight Foundation, the Fetal Health Foundation, and the Office of Faculty Development at Boston Children's Hospital (Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship).

PRADA (Program for Research Assistant Development and Achievement)

Date: Wednesday, October 28th from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Zoom Information, Password: 053036

Join Program for Research Assistant Development and Achievement (PRADA)'s Welcome Fair to learn more about PRADA and BCH resources! PRADA Co-Directors will present on benefits and resources available to research assistants and coordinators. Afterwards, hear from representatives on how to get involved in PRADA subcommittees focused on a variety of health science disciplines including medicine, psychology and mental health, public health and health equity. Whether you are new to BCH or are a current PRADA member wanting to learn more about our updated missions and opportunities, all are welcome!

Celebration Of Dr. Jim Barkovich’s Career- Virtual

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Please join colleagues at UCSF and the greater pediatric neuroradiology community in celebrating the lauded career and the many contributions of our esteemed friend, colleague, ASPNR member, and founder of the ASPNR Dr. Jim Barkovich! After a long and prestigious career in neuroradiology, Dr. Barkovich retired in June of this year. The department of radiology at UCSF is hosting a virtual celebration of his career and Dr. Bill Dillon is the master of ceremonies. Dr. Ellen Grant will be speaking during this seminar!

On-site Administrative Support This Week

Gauravi will be onsite this week on Wednesday, October 28th.

How have we adapted to work from home?

Dr. Lana Vasung works and enjoys her lunch outside on her building rooftop while the weather is still warm!

If you would like to share your work from home set up, fun quarantine activities, or pictures of your quarantine pet pals on the weekly newsletter series, please email

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