Functional & Structural Brain Connectomes and Applications to Dementia
The idea that the brain is composed of functional and structural networks and that defects of these networks are either the cause or the result of the majority of neurological/psychiatric disorders, has long been widely accepted and is supported by studies. Relatively recently, the use of fMRI (functional MRI) and dMRI (diffusion MRI) has enabled researchers to model functional (fNET) and structural (sNET) networks based on 3D imaging data. Despite the previously unimaginable capacity that these modalities have provided, there are several open problems in data acquisition, data processing, network modelling and analysis. Solutions to these highly inter-disciplinary problems are expected to enable early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as their treatment planning and monitoring with objective criteria. Dementia is a major target in this respect.
The workshop is intended to bring researchers from different domains together over a series of invited talks, focusing on dementia from a clinical perspective, brain network modelling from theoretical/practical perspectives and their overlaps. The one-and-a-half day workshop programme is expected to provide an overview of the fundamentals and state-of-art, to highlight challenges, to suggest research directions/topics at the frontline and to foster collaboration.