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NIH Neuroimaging Training Program

Training Components

    Trainees will have unique opportunities to receive interdisciplinary training cross the boundaries of quantitative and biological sciences. In principle, trainees should satisfy the following program requirements:

  • Take two imaging courses (one of BMEN 5401 or BMEN 8301; and Psy 5063)
  • Pursue a Minor (see "Minor Requirement" section for details)
  • Summer lab rotation in Co-Advisor's lab for 8 weeks
  • Participate in biweekly neuroimaging colloquium
  • Select Advisor and Co-advisor from training faculty
  • Meet with advising committee annually

  • Any exception must be approved by the Director of the Training Program.


  • Advanced Biomedical Imaging (BMEn 5401)
    This course provides rigorous training in the principles and fundamental techniques of major biomedical imaging modalities.
  • Biomedical Functional Imaging (BMEn 8301)
    This course covers the principles and fundamental techniques of major biomedical functional imaging modalities with emphasis in functional neuroimaging.
  • Introduction to fMRI (Psy 5063)
    This class will give students the chance to work in small groups to design and run their own fMRI experiment. Following introductory lectures and lab exercises, students will develop experimental materials, and acquire and analyze functional MRI data.
  • Itasca Cell and Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory (NSc 5551)
    Students are immersed in a four week introduction to the concepts and techniques in neuroscience at Lake Itasca Forestry and Biological Station in northern Minnesota. This course is highly recommended.

Minor Requirement

  • Students majoring in Neuroscience or Psychology are expected to pursue a minor in an engineering program such as Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.
  • Students majoring in Engineering or Computer Science are expected to pursue a minor in Neuroscience.

Other Key Points of Program

  • Co-Advisor from a complementary discipline to advisor (e.g. if the advisor is from BME, EE or CS program, the co-advisor should be from NSci or Psy program)
  • Formal training in Ethical Conduct of Research and Career Skills
  • Neuroimaging Colloquium