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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 24

Upcoming Events

· November 9th 3:30 - 5:30 PM: Crafting Your Faculty of Medicine CV

· November 10 & 12: Project Management Strategies for the Researcher – Scheduling for Projects, Register by Today

· November 11th 1:00 - 2:30 PM: FNNDSC Fall Social Event - Virtual Escape the Room

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Funding Opportunities

Last Week's FNNDSC Project Updates

Clinical Data and Medical Research

· Lana Vasung is re-submitting a paper on Assessment of normal and abnormal brain development in relation to outcome. She is also preparing and submitting grant(s).


· Last week the NIRS clinical team performed 7 measurements in the NICU, including their newest enrolled patient who had an ETV/CPC with Dr. Warf to treat her hydrocephalus. Additionally, Katharine Playter from the NIRS engineering team made her first NIRS probe for the continuous measurement in the OR!

Advanced Computing Group

· The ACG welcomed several new Red Hat Engineers who are donating their professional time to lend a hand on working on ChRIS as part of the Covid Team-19 response. DarwinAl, a Canadian Al startup has adopted ChRIS as it COVID-NET computation platform and have dedicated two full time engineers to develop a physician focused ChRIS UI for classifying lung CT images for possible COVID infection. The team is excited to see how the focused UI and the use of ChRIS to help power real world COVID analysis is progressing.

· Gideon Pinto has been working hard on publishing the "official" ChRIS UI with new effects and animations on the Feed Graph tree. Now you can see what ChRIS nodes are being executed, which are finished, and which are waiting to compute -- all in one glance!

· Arushi Vyas is putting the finishing touches on a new ChRIS plugin called 'pl-pfdorun_mgz2img' (yes, it's a mouthful), but it does some cool things! This ChRIS plugin will hunt down a directory tree for all FreeSurfer mgz files and convert them into jpg/png -- suitable for ingestion into convolutional neural networks. Plus, as a bonus, you get to see the mgz files in the browser once they are converted to image format!

· Sandip Samal focused on getting parts of ChRIS working well on the Massachusetts Open Cloud and "paying it back" by helping a graduate computer science ground at BU use ChRIS for Covid Al apps on the MOC.

· Rudolph Pienaar and Jorge Bernal are looking at redesigning parts of some ChRIS microservices and started working on a new service that can schedule complex compute trees that are specified in JSON format. Keep watching this space!

Bi-Weekly Lecture Series with Guest Speaker: Nikola Stikov, PhD

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 11th 10:00 - 11:00 AM Presenter: Nikola Stikov, PhD Title: Thinking outside the black box: A vendor- neutral approach to quantitative MRI Abstract: Quantitative MRI (qMRI) has the potential to revolutionize imaging by standardizing the data that come out the scanner and assigning units to help with interpretation. However, qMRI makes no sense if we cannot peak inside the black box that generates the numbers. In this talk I will illustrate how open-source development ecosystems can facilitate the standardization of qMRI at multiple levels. Our open-source solution is currently compatible with two major vendors (GE and Siemens), and we hope that this concept will encourage researchers to collaborate on vendor-neutral sequences to level the field for MR quantification. We've been sitting in our MR cathedrals long enough. It is now time to join the MR bazaar. Biography: Dr. Nikola Stikov is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, a researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute, and co-director of NeuroPoly, the Neuroimaging Research Laboratory at École Polytechnique, University of Montreal. His research runs the gamut of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging, from basic issues of standardization and accuracy, to biophysical modeling, microstructural imaging and clinical applications. In 2014, Dr. Stikov became a Junior Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, in 2015 he joined the editorial board of the journal Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (MRM), and in 2018 he was elected to lead the society's reproducibility study group. Continuing with his open science activities, in 2019, Dr. Stikov joined the steering committee of the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, leading the platform's publishing efforts. _________________________ Zoom meeting information:

Join from your computer or mobile device: Password: 554198 Or dial in from your telephone: Internally: x28882 Externally: 646-558-8656 (Primary) 408-638-0968 (If you are unable to dial into the primary number) Telephone password: 554198 Or iPhone one-tap: +16465588656,,97967502430# or +14086380968,,97967502430# EWS link: Meeting ID: 979 6750 2430

FNNDSC Fall Social Event - Virtual Escape the Room: The Grimm Escape!

When: Wednesday, November 11th 1:00 - 2:30 PM ​

Your Mission Should You Choose to Accept It: An evil witch has cast an enchantment over the land, trapping your travelling band of adventurers in an unfamiliar dark forest.

The only way to free the kingdom and find your way home again is to break the witch’s spell! Does your team have what it takes to find the clues, solve the puzzles, and escape? Zoom ID: Zoom id: 886-3908-2421 passcode: 404059 Join

On-site Administrative Support This Week

Gauravi will be onsite this week on Wednesday, November 11th.

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