Imaging of the living brain is one of the most important and powerful approaches in the neurosciences and biomedical sciences. Visualizing and quantifying the brain in form and function provides a unique opportunity to experimentally examine brain activity, explore connectivity, and measure changes occurring over time. Modern neuroimaging methods help to inform and enrich our understanding of the healthy human brain as well as neurological disease and dysfunction.
Proficient application of the myriad of computational methods by which to process, analyze, compile, and mine brain imaging data require considerable training and expertise. What is more, new analytic methods must be developed to keep up with the growing amount of data being obtained as brain scanner technology advances.
Finally, there is an increasing interest in integrating other forms of biomedical data with neuroimages. These include behavioral, genetic, and phenomic variables. Understanding how these and other variables relate to imaging observations of brain structure and function will provide critical insights into the brain’s role as part of the complex human biological system.
USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute in the Keck School of Medicine of USC is home to a new, one-year Master of Science (MS) degree program focused on neuroimaging and the informatics associated with brain imaging. This advanced program of study will provide students with a deep understanding of the scientific and clinical underpinnings of neuroimaging science and how to leverage it in basic and translational research and how to make new and important discoveries in biomedicine.The year-long program is comprised of didactic lecture courses which address the technology of neuroimaging, a detailed examination of brain anatomy and function, and the variety of data-type dependent as well as integrative computational processing approaches. The program also includes laboratory modules 1) to provide guided, hands-on experience with neuroimaging data collection approaches for examining anatomy, connectivity, and functional activity; and 2) to examine and develop optimized data processing strategies.
Finally, studies are enriched by several distinct faculty-guided, discussion-based courses which allow detailed examination of specific aspects of neuroimaging of elemental neurological processes and carefully selected applications in neurological and psychiatric medicine.
Students successfully completing the NIIN program will be ideally-positioned to apply to formalized medical training programs, join competitive PhD research training programs, secure laboratory or administrative employment in the growing field of brain imaging neuroscience, or engage in public policy or regulatory administration of academic, clinical or business efforts in this expanding discipline.
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