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Leading brain scientists meet in Milwaukee to examine how to uncover the brain's secrets
Date:9/13/2010

Top brain researchers from around the world will be in Milwaukee, Sept, 16-19, 2010, for a neuroscience conference focused on gaining insights into the brain's inner workings to better understand how the brain thinks, how the brain develops, and how the brain is altered by neurological diseases and how it responds to treatment.

Some 350 scientists will attend the Second International Conference on Resting-State Functional Brain Connectivity, hosted by the Medical College of Wisconsin. Researchers from the top academic programs in neuroscience from throughout North America, Europe, and Asia will be presenting their latest findings.

Resting-state functional MRI (r-fMRI) was discovered by researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin in 1995 who first demonstrated that the brain is never truly at rest. Even when the body is not performing an activity, regions of the brain continue to "talk" to each another. The r-fMRI technique detects the "resting-state" communication between brain regions.

According to Christopher Pawela, Ph.D., conference chairman and assistant professor of plastic surgery and biophysics at the Medical College, "This meeting will provide the key researchers in the field the opportunity to interact and bring us closer to revealing some of the tightly held secrets of the brain giving us vital answers to treating diseases."

Many corporations are exploring the use of r-fMRI as a tool to help diagnose brain diseases and disorders. Corporate sponsors for the conference include Philips Medical, GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical, Toshiba Medical, and Abbott Laboratories.

Altered brain activity is an indicator in many disorders. The r fMRI method provides a fingerprint of a particular disorder and helps clinicians develop more useful tests to detect and understand disease processes, as well as monitor disease progression and treatment response.

An aim of neuroscientists who use the r-fMRI method is to
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Contact: Toranj Marphetia
toranj@mcw.edu
414-955-4700
Medical College of Wisconsin
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