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Beauchamp Lab

AFNI Short Course: October 4-8, 2010


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The AFNI BootCamp is a week-long hands-on course on AFNI, a widely-used software package for fMRI data analysis. For more details on AFNI, see The course will be taught by the developers of AFNI, including Robert Cox, Ziad Saad, Rick Reynolds and Gang Chen, and will take place at the University of Texas Medical School, 6431 Fannin St, Houston, TX.

Click here to download a PDF of the course schedule.

Click here for more information on the participants

Click here to download a PDF of the course poster.

For a free hard copy of the poster or more information about the course, please e-mail the course organizer at

More Information

The course runs each day from 9 am until 6 pm. Participants must commit to attending the entire course.

How do I register? Unfortunately, the course is currently full. The following information is for the next offering of the course. Registration is only possible after payment of the registration fee. Only checks are accepted (no purchase orders or credit cards). Because it can take an unpredictable amount of time for academic institutions to generate checks, students are advised to pay their registration fee with a personal check (to guarantee a spot) and then request reimbursement from their academic institution. Otherwise, the course may fill before the check from the academic institution is received and registration is completed.

Registation Fees Registration fees for the short course are as follows:$150 (graduate students) $200 (all others). Early registration (which ended on July 1st) was $100 (graduate students), $150 (all others).

Please make checks payable to Rice University (no purchase orders or credit cards) and mail to

 Beauchamp Lab, UTHealth Neurobiology and Anatomy, 6431 Fannin Street Suite G.550G, Houston TX 77030. 

Participants are not confirmed until the registration fee is received. Click here to download a payment receipt (please fill in the correct name, date and amount yourself)

No CME credits can be provided. All registration fees are non-refundable but registration is freely transferable between participants. A registration form is not required, but if you would like a registration form (even though it is not required) you can download one here: Click here to download the optional Registration Form

Sponsors: The first ten participants from (defined as "primary affiliation with") each sponsoring department are no charge. The sponsoring departments are the UT Department of Psychiatry, UT Department of Neurosurgery and Rice Department of Psychology.

What should I bring? All participants should bring their own laptop computer with AFNI and SUMA already installed. If you do not have a laptop with AFNI installed, the recommended solution is to purchase an inexpensive Macintosh laptop (available for ~$1000); Linux laptops may also be used, but are more difficult to set up. AFNI will NOT run on Windows laptops. Because AFNI and SUMA are graphics intensive, they do not run well remotely (for instance, using a Windows X11 client connected to a server). For instructions on setting up a computer for the AFNI class, please see . If you have problems, please post a question to the AFNI message board at IMPORTANT: Installing AFNI can be difficult and time-consuming. No time in the course is scheduled for software installation, so this must be completed BEFORE the beginning of the course.

Where should I stay? There are special course rates for participants at the Hotel ZaZa, located near the Texas Medical Center (5701 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005 Toll Free 888-880-3244 Local phone 713-526-1991). To make a reservation, visit . In the lower right hand section of the hotel home page, there is a reservations section. Enter the dates and select "Group/Block Code" from the pull-down menu labeled "Promo Code"; enter "UTMS". The course rate is $118/nt.

Where is the course exactly?

The course will be in the largest classroom in the basement of the UT Medical School Building (MSB). The room number of the classroom is MSB B.645. The UT MSB is located at 6431 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030. The Houston Metro has a transit stop directly in front of the building. The stop is called "Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo". If you are driving, there is a large parking garage (labeled "UT Clinic Parking") located directly across Fannin Street from the Medical School building. If you are being dropped off or picked up, Ross Sterling Drive (off of Fannin) travels in a breezeway under the building. The only unlocked entrance to the UT MSB is on the side of the building opposite of Fannin Street (reach it by travelling through the breezeway; or enter the building through any door with someone who has a badge). As you enter the building, you will see a security desk, a coffee shop and a large stairway. Travel down the stairway and course classroom is immediately at the bottom of the stairs. Ask the guard at the security desk if you have problems. If you like, bring your favorite coffee mug or water bottle. We will provide cold and hot water tea. Other items can be purchased at the coffee shop.

Confirmed Participants

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The following is a list of all confirmed participants and their affiliations. There is limited seating in the classroom (UT MSB B.645; 66 seats total - 5 seats for instructors = 61 seats for students), and there is no additional space available for a remote or video overflow room. Because of the high demand for the course, it will likely be offered again in the future.

  1. Liangsuo Ma (postdoctoral fellow, UT Psychiatry)
  2. Chris Conner (graduate student, UT Neurosurgery)
  3. Nobuhide Kobori (assistant professor, UT Neurosurgery)
  4. Timothy Ellmore (assistant professor, UT Neurosurgery)
  5. Giri Kalamangalam (assistant professor, UT Neurology)
  6. Mark Ettinger (postdoctoral fellow, UT Neurosurgery)
  7. Jeff Nelson (medical student, UT Medical School)
  8. Tom Pieters (research assistant, UT Neurosurgery)
  9. Nitin Tandon (associate professor, UT Neurosurgery)
  10. Corinne Allen (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  11. Sara Haber Halcomb (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  12. Yi Guo (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  13. Denise Harvey (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  14. Anna Stupina (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  15. Becky Lundwall (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  16. Ashley Meyer (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  17. Cris Hamilton (research associate, Rice Psychology)
  18. Jennifer Chen (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  19. Denise Chen (assistant professor, Rice Psychology)
  20. Tao Wei (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  21. Siavash Pasalar (postdoctoral fellow, Beauchamp Lab)
  22. Audrey Nath (graduate student, Beauchamp Lab)
  23. Sarah Baum (graduate student, Beauchamp Lab)
  24. Eswen Fava (graduate student, Beauchamp Lab)
  25. Mary Newsome (assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine PM&R)
  26. Zahra Kadivar (postdoctoral fellow, Baylor College of Medicine PM&R)
  27. Jason Crowther (postdoctoral fellow, Baylor College of Medicine PM&R)
  28. Dorina Papageorgiou (postdoctoral fellow, Baylor College of Medicine)
  29. Randall Scheibel (associate professor, Baylor College of Medicine PM&R)
  30. Jeffrey Katz (associate professor, Auburn University Psychology)
  31. John Magnotti (graduate student, Auburn University Psychology)
  32. Callie McGrath (graduate student, Emory University Neuroscience Program)
  33. D. Reese McKay (graduate student, Research Imaging Institute, UTHSC-San Antonio)
  34. Alexandre Franco (postdoctoral fellow, Emory University Department of Psychiatry)
  35. Vladimir Ivkovic (graduate student, University of Houston)
  36. Anita Cservenka (graduate student, Oregon Health and Science University)
  37. Ramiro Salas (instructor, Baylor College of Medicine)
  38. Dana Moser (postdoctoral fellow, Baylor College of Medicine PM&R)
  39. Phil Baldwin (instructor, BCM HNL)
  40. M. Amanda Colby (postdoctoral fellow, UT Dallas/Center for Brain Health)
  41. Richard Frye (assistant professor, UT Pediatrics)
  42. Benjamin Malmberg (research associate, UT Pediatrics)
  43. Miranda Brenneman (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  44. Jeffrey Engelmann (postdoctoral fellow, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center)
  45. Traci Sandoval (research assistant, UT Dallas/Center for Brain Health)
  46. Hsueh-Sheng Chiang (graduate student, UT Dallas/Center for Brain Health)
  47. Jeremy Strain (graduate student, UT Dallas)
  48. Megan Herting (Oregon Health Sciences Universiy)
  49. Neena Rao (graduate student, UT Dallas/Center for Brain Health)
  50. Mingbo Cai (graduate student, BCM)
  51. Anthony Passaro (graduate student, UT Neurobiology and Anatomy)
  52. Dharol Tankersley (postdoctoral fellow, Baylor College of Medicine)
  53. Cyrus Eierud (graduate student, Baylor College of Medicine)
  54. Jonathan Lisinski (research associate, Baylor College of Medicine)
  55. Stephen LaConte (assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine)
  56. Caitlin Elmore (graduate student, UT Neurobiology and Anatomy)
  57. Ilana Bennett (postdoctoral fellow, UT Dallas/Center for Brain Health)
  58. Yingying Tan (graduate student, Rice Psychology)
  59. Nuray Yozbatiran (research instructor, UT/TIRR)
  60. Jinchen Yang (postdoctoral fellow, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain)
  61. Mehereen Wadiwalla (University of Toronto)

Wait-List Participants

The course is full. Because of the high demand for the course, it will likely be offered again in the future.

  1. Chandramallika Basak (Rice University)
  2. Yu-Hsuan Chang (Rice University)
  3. Debshila Basu Mallick (Rice University)

Future Participants

These students have expressed an interest in future offerings of the course.

  1. Jonathan Lipszyc (graduate students, University of Toronto)
  2. Yufang Sun (Indiana University)
  3. Claire Wilcox
  4. Kenneth Games, Auburn University