4th International Conference on Medical Imaging with Deep Learning Jul 07, 2021 - Jul 09, 2021 — Virtual Meeting (online)
Medical Image Understanding and Analysis Conference 2021 Jul 12, 2021 - Jul 14, 2021 — Virtual Meeting (online)
Medical Imaging Convention [rescheduled] Sep 15, 2021 - Sep 16, 2021 — National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England
2021 SINAPSE ASM Sep 16, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021 — Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow
Total Body PET 2021 conference [rescheduled] Sep 22, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021 — Virtual Meeting (online)


SINAPSE experts from around Scotland have developed ten online modules designed to explain medical imaging. They are freely available and are intended for non-specialists.

Edinburgh Imaging Academy at the University of Edinburgh offers the following online programmes through a virtual learning environment:

Neuroimaging for Research MSc/Dip/Cert

Imaging MSc/Dip/Cert

PET-MR Principles & Applications Cert

Applied Medical Image Analysis Cert

Online Short Courses

Development of Human Brain Image Banks and Age-Specific Normative Brain Atlases Programme

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Development of Human Brain Image Banks and Age-Specific Normative Brain Atlases

SFC SINAPSE SPIRIT Programme of Knowledge Exchange in Imaging

The keynote lecture  “Brain image banks: essential international research infrastructures for the 21st Century" will be delivered by Professor Paul Thompson, University of California, USA (LONI, ADNI) from 4.15pm to 5pm on the 28th August. Attendance at the keynote lecture is open to all.

Map of venue and further information available here

Suggested articles and resources for the meeting


Download programme as Word Document

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Thursday 28th August


Arrival and registration


Welcome and introduction (Joanna Wardlaw):

Background to the process, aims and objectives of meeting, meeting format and deliverables


Current and ‘emerging’ brain image banks and atlases: Chair: Paul Matthews

5 minute presentations: population/sample covered, structure and main uses of bank/atlas, main challenges and how these have been overcome, future opportunities or challenges for brain image banking

Group Speaker
MNI Alan Evans
ADNI Paul Thompson
GIN Bernard Mazoyer
INCF/IMAGEN Jean-Baptiste Poline
OASIS Dan Marcus
BRAINS Susan Shenkin
EPI2: Rotterdam/Leiden Aad van der Lugt
Rhineland Monique Breteler
UK Dementia Platform Claire MacKay
Neonatal banks James Boardman
10.10-10.30 Questions and discussion (Chair: Paul Matthews)


Philosophical and statistical problems: ‘What is normal, what is needed to define normal, across the lifespan” Chair: Klaus Ebmeier


10 minute summary, highlighting major unresolved questions in brain imaging across the lifespan - Alan Evans

10.40-10.45 Move to discussion groups (Coffee/tea available)

Discussion Topics:

  1. What minimum image and metadata, and how much, are needed to define normality? (Chair: John Ashburner)
  2. What can be done with existing/being acquired data to determine normality across the lifespan; what are likely gaps? (Chair: Monique Breteler)
  3. Is it realistic to combine, in one image bank, image data from all stages of life? (Chair: James Boardman + Dominic Job)
11.25-11.30 Move back to plenary group
11.30-12.00 3 minute feedback from each group, and 7 minute discussion per topic (Moderator: Klaus Ebmeier)
12.00-13.00 Lunch, continue discussion
13.00-14.30 Legal and ethical issues Chair: Steve Lawrie
13.00-13.10 10 minute summary highlighting major issues for brain image banking – Graeme Laurie
13.10-13.15 Move to discussion groups

Discussion Topics:

  1. Consent, including for secondary uses, mental capacity, ‘selling data’, links with healthcare/industry, between country differences (Chair: Burkhard Schaefer)
  2. Privacy, including anonymisation of image and metadata, levels of access to image data, (Chair: Hester Ward)
  3. ‘Research tourism’, dealing with incidental findings or that develop clinical implications in future, longitudinal studies (Chair: Alison Murray)
13.55-14.00 Move back to plenary group
14.00-14.30 3 minute feedback from each group, and 7 minute discussion per topic (Moderator: Steve Lawrie)
14.30-16.00 Technological issues 1 – Multisource ‘big’ data Chair: Thomas Nichol
14.30-14.40 10 minute summary highlighting major problems for image and metadata variation and infrastructures – “What do we need to use shared data” JB Poline
14.40-14.45 Move to discussion groups (Tea/coffee available)

Discussion Topics:

  1. Harmonising core minimum image data and subject meta-data, definitions and variables (Chair: Aziz Sheik)
  2. Database infrastructure, key functionalities, attributes of existing methods, identifiable gaps in functionality? (Chair: Dan Marcus)
  3. Submitting new data; quality assurance, data provenance, processing data/segmentation, avoiding duplication of subjects (Chair: Albert Burger)
15.25-15.30 Move back to plenary group
15.30-16.00 3 minute feedback from each group, and 7 minute discussion per topic (Moderator: Thomas Nichol)

Keynote lecture. Paul Thompson “Brain image banks: essential international research infrastructures for the 21st Century”

17.00-19.00 Drinks reception at RSE

Friday 29th August

09.00-10.30 Technological issues 2 – Making image databanks work Chair: Linda Lanyon
09.00-09.10 10 minute summary highlighting major problems for image analysis and atlas creation – Steve Smith
09.10-09.15 Move to discussion groups

Discussion Topics:

  1. Atlas creation tools and registration issues – dealing with brain variability (Chair: Bernard Mazoyer)
  2. Outputs: data sharing/citation/storage, how to share individuals’ and study data securely, prevent multiple uses of same image from different sites (Chair: Steve Pavis + David Wyper)
  3. User interface: What functions are required? How is it best delivered? How to prevent unwanted use (eg trying to recreate original data); Different uses for research, clinicians, industry (Chair: Nick Fox)
09.55-10.00 Move back to plenary group
10.00-10.30 3 minute feedback from each group, and 7 minute discussion per topic (Moderator: Linda Lanyon)
10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-12.30 Discussion, summary and forward planning
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Close of meeting

Many thanks to our funders whose contributions have made this meeting possible:

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