The CCBBI Student Group Goals
- To learn fMRI experimental designs and analysis techniques from other group members and invited speakers.
- To create an environment in which members can present their research or research proposals, to receive feedback and support from other members.
- To increase collaboration across different disciplines.
What kind of events and activities does the group plan to participate in?
There are several imaging techniques used across different departments at Ohio State. The meetings aim to tap into this existing knowledge and share it.
The student-led meetings provide a forum for students to present on topics such as physiological data, machine learning and new brain imaging methods. Group members also lead hands-on workshops during which students can learn how to work with software packages. This safe environment creates a culture that supports open discussion and methodological critiques at a student level.
The group organizes and participates in seminars by experts in the field. Last semester, Professor Gary Berntson gave a talk about the logical challenges beginning researchers could face. Most recently, they hosted Professor Rafael Polania from the University of Zurich, who provided a workshop on Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation. These meetings serve as a great place to learn theories and cutting-edge methods from professionals. Additionally, they hold group social activities to foster open partnerships between labs and research disciplines, which strengthens interdisciplinary collaborations within the brain imaging community.
How does involvement in the group enrich the academic experience of the members?
From an academic standpoint, the majority of MRI techniques are not learned in the classroom. MRI techniques are largely unique to the specialized, rigorous and rapidly changing methods. In-lab training is our primary source of knowledge, passed down from both advisors and graduate students. The group provides a common space where developing researchers can explore new methods in a supportive, out-of-lab environment. The group is open to all levels of expertise, from post-doctoral scientists to first-year grad students — even a few daring research assistants!
lf you would like more information about the CCBBI Student Group and how to join, please visit their webpage.