OHBM Neurosalience Live – Leaders weigh in on central issues in the field

Presented During:

Tuesday, June 25, 2024: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom 101-102  

Poster No:


Submission Type:

Roundtable, Other 


Peter Bandettini1, Janaina Mourao-Miranda2, B. T. Thomas Yeo3, Simon Eickhoff4, Michael Milham5


1National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, 2Centre for Medical Image Computing, Department of Computer Science, University College London, London, London, 3National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore, 4Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, North Rhine–Westphalia Land, 5Child Mind Institute, New York, NY


Peter Bandettini, Ph.D.  
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD


Janaina Mourao-Miranda  
Centre for Medical Image Computing, Department of Computer Science, University College London
London, London
B. T. Thomas Yeo  
National University of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore
Simon Eickhoff  
Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf, North Rhine–Westphalia Land
Michael Milham  
Child Mind Institute
New York, NY

Please describe the advantage of addressing the topic as a Roundtable/Other course:

We will be discussing issues related to some of the most pivotal areas in the field: Most promising directions, sharing of code and data, clinical use of brain imaging and fMRI, the future of publishing in brain imaging, what we should be doing more and what we likely should not be doing. We will also field questions from the audience. The session will be 90 minutes long. Questions and discussion will include but not be limited to:
What are we doing right?
What are we doing wrong?
What are the benefits of sharing code and data. What are the limits?
What will be the true clinical applications of fMRI?
What will those clinical applications look like? What is the future of publishing? How to balance the tension of open access and high cost?
How far will fMRI get us towards truly understanding the brain?

It's a live podcast, so it’s a very unique, casual and open format that involves discussion and engagement with the panelists and audience.

Provide a brief paragraph (roughly 250 words) describing the timeliness and importance of the topic and the desired learning outcomes.

The topics to be discussed in the live podcast are tailored to be the most relevant and important in the field now. The learning outcome will be to come away with a deeper, broader, and more nuanced perspective of what the current state of neuroimaging is, what the most important challenges are, and the most promising directions to take are. This will impact new researchers as well as those who have been in the field since the beginning.

List 2-3 specific learning objectives for the audience. Learning objectives are used for ACCME purposes.

The audience should come away with an appreciation of a. what the biggest challenges in the field of neuroimaging are; b. what practices are least and most effective; c. what the possible avenues of increasing the clinical traction of neuroimaging are; d. what the landscape of scientific publishing currently is and how one might anticipate changes that might occur, and; e. how far neuroimaging can take us towards understanding the brain.

Please identify your target audience (1-2 sentences).

Mostly new to mid-career researchers, but essentially anyone who does research in neuroimaging.

Please provide justification on why your speaker selection meets OHBM's selection criteria concerning diversity of speakers. As stated in our Code of Conduct, we explicitly honor diversity with respect to multiple factors, including age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Inclusion of speakers from traditionally under-represented groups/nations is particularly encouraged.

If no, please provide justification.
The speaker selection is a mix of males and females of different ethnicities and countries of origin, to the best of my knowledge: Dr. Mourao-Miranda, a female, is Brazilian working in the UK and Germany, Dr. Yeo is from Signapore, working in Singapore, Dr. Eickhoff is German working in Germany, and Dr. Milham is from the US working in the US.