Winter School 2017

The Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping

Thank you to all our 2017 Winter School attendee’s!

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is excited to announce the opening of applications for their 2017 WINTER SCHOOL scholarship opportunity.

March 17th – 20, 2017

The Winter School is held at Western University’s  Robarts Research Institute in London Ontario – – and boasts three amazing MRI magnets.  We are pleased to have you experience, hands on, our 3T Prisma, the  7T Magnetom scanner  –, and our 9.4T Varian animal scanner –




Varian 9.4T




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Siemens 7T MRI Magnet   Siemens Magnetom 7T

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival of Guests

  • Guests will arrive in London and be taken to Windermere Manor via Checker Limosine
  • Welcome reception if provided where you will be able to meet the primary scientists for the program.

Day 2 – The Program Begins

7:00 am – Continental Breakfast is available in the Windermere Manor Cafe

8:30 – 8:45am – Arrive at the front doors of Robarts Research Institute.

9:00 – 9:15 am – Ultra high field MR and Applications overview presented by Joe Gati, Associate Director of CFMM

9:15 – 9:45 am – Introduction to MR presented by Dr. Ravi Menon, Director of CFMM

9:45 – 10:30 am – pTx – Parallel Transmit/B1 Shimming – Led by Dr. Menon

10:30 – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 – 11:15 am – B0 Shimming presented by Dr. Martyn Klassen

11:15 – 11:45 am – Spectroscopy presented by Dr. Rob Bartha

11:45 – 12:15 pm – CEST led by Dr. Rob Bartha

12:15 – 1:00 pm – lunch

1:00 – 1:30 pm – Gradient coils presented by Dr. Blaine Chronik

1:30 – 2:30 pm – Physics Tour – Dr. Blaine Chronik provides a tour of his gradient coil lab

2:30 – 2:40 pm – Break

2:40 – 5:00 pm – Rotations of three groups divided between the 3T, 7T and 9.4T scanners.

Each segment will be 50 minutes in length 2:30 – 3:20, 3:30 – 4:10 and 4:10 – 5:00 pm

The topics to be covered in each scanner will be:

–  3T – Device Testing – Dr. Blaine Chronik

–  7T – B0/B1 Shimming – Dr. Martyn Klassen, Dr. Ravi Menon

– 9.4T – Spectroscopy Demo – Dr. Rob Bartha, Dr. Alex Li

Dinner off campus with the group

Day 3 – Continuation of Program

7:00 am – Breakfast is open in Windermere Cafe to enjoy at your leisure

8:45 am – Head to Robarts

9:00 – 9:45 am – Considerations of Ultra High Field.  TX & RX Coils presented by Dr. Kyle Gilbert

9:45 – 10:30  am – Live Lab Demonstration – Dr. Kyle Gilbert

10:30 – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 – 11:15 am – SAR presentation

11:15 – 12:00 pm – Novel Contrast presented by Dr. Ali Khan

12:00 – 12:45 pm – Lunch with guest industry speaker

12:45 – 1:15 pm – Connectomics, fMRI resting state & DTI presentation

1:15 – 1:45 pm – QSM presentation

1:45 – 3:30pm – Two scanner rotations.  3T will be working on Task Based fMRI and MPRAGE

The 7T will be working on MP2RAGE, SWI and DTI

3:30 pm – Food will be served in the CFMM reception with closing remarks prior to most departing.

Lectures and hands-on sessions to be lead by Top Scientists such as:

Ravi Menon –

Robert Bartha –

Blaine Chronik –

Kyle Gilbert –

Martyn Klassen –

plus industry partners and many more!

This is what you need to do ….

There is a list of criteria that will need to be met in order to have your application considered so please ensure it is all submitted together no later than midnight January 6, 2017.  You will need to support your application with the other supporting documents.  These should be put into a PDF document and emailed to our department.

You will need to provide us with:

– A fully completed application – Link below

Copies of all of your University transcripts

– 2 Academic Reference letters – A reference letter should be sent from a referee directly to cfmm at:  Western

    University, Robarts Research Institute, 1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario N6A 5B7 or by email to clearly identifying who they are supporting.

– Your CV

– Your statement of interest – a spot for this has been built into the application for a personal statement of up to

    150 words, describing your academic history, research experience, research interests, and career plans.

– Abstract of a recent project or presentation

Click here for the 2017 Scholarship Application

All applications may be emailed to  The deadline for these to be received is no later than midnight January 6, 2017.  Winners will be announced at the end of January.

Scholarship winners will be transported to London by CFMM and housed at the beautiful Windermere manor


The manor is within walking distance of our facility and is set in a beautiful surroundings –

Your transportation to London will be arranged for you personally by CFMM and your intercity transportation will be supplied by CFMM through Voyageur Transportation, specifically Checker Limousine who will take you from your arrival point in London to Windermere Manor.

The program will be run out of our facility at Robarts Research Institute

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The program covers all transportation costs, and provides accommodations and meals.
The best of luck to you all!   We look forward to hosting you here in the spring.