Events:August 2008 NCBC AHM

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There will be a all hands meeting for the NCBC program at NIH.

* The dates are August 13-14 and the location will be on the NIH campus
  • Wednesday - August 13th, 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • 8:30 - 8:45 AM Introduction by Dr. Zerhouni, or Dr Berg, Natcher Auditorium
    • 8:45 - 10:15 AM NCBC Presentations from PIs (Ron, 10 minutes)
    • 10:15 - 10:30 AM Big P and Building Bridges Summary (Russ Altman)
    • 10:30 - 11:00 AM Break
      • PI Meeting with Drs. Zerhouni, Berg, Lindberg, Natcher A
    • 11:00 - 12:15 PM Presentations from Jr. Faculty Natcher Auditorium (Tom Fletcher: 10 Minutes)
    • 12:15 - 1:30 PM Working Lunch: Working Groups and Building Bridges
    • 1:30 - 3:30 PM "Hot Topic" Presentations Natcher Auditorium (30 Mins - Ross Whitaker - "NAMIC Highlights: From Algorithms and Software to Biomedical Science"): The best science of the center, focus on Biology impact and DBPs. Share the highlights/titles by July 15th.
    • 3:30 - 3:45 PM Break
    • 3:45 - 5:15 PM "Hot Topic" Presentations continued
    • 5:15 - 6:00 PM Discussion of network DBP opportunities and Working Group #3
    • 6:30 - --- PM Open Reception at hotel with Industry Host. PIs and Project Team will join at 6:45PM. PI Meeting with Project team, Natcher A
  • Thursday - August 14th, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    • 8:30 - 9:30 AM Presentation from each Center: Introduction to the science fair program demos and schedule (teaser for the Science Fair, Will Schroeder)
    • 9:30 - 11:00 AM “Science Fair” Booth presentations, demos and posters. A schedule for all the centers should be made available to the attendees (Sonia Pujol)
    • 11:00 - 12:00 noon Working Groups Report Out, Future Plans, Discussion(s)
    • 12:00 - 12:15 PM Wrap-up and adjournment of main program (Conference ends for all but PIs, and Project Team and invited guests)
    • 12.15 - 1.15 PM Lunch (Conference ends for all but PIs) DBP discussion: Diabetes, MH, others
    • 1.15 - 3:00 PM Moderated Discussions with other NIH Programs: PIs: CaBIG, CTSA, BIRN, NIH Clinical Center, others
NA-MIC is one of the National Centers for Biomedical Computing

See here for the program of this years' all hands meeting.

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NCBC Presentation Materials

Russ Altman will be giving a 10 minutes overview over the entire NCBC program. He has reqested from each of the NCBCs the following information about accomplishments.


A short summary of the original and renewal DBPs (this will also be used in the DBP sig breakout session). Basically title and one paragraph description. 1) During the first three years of NA-MIC, Core 3 consisted of four DBPs which were grouped into two thrusts.

  • Thrust 1 was directed by Drs. Shenton and Saykin. Thrust 2 was directed by Drs. Potkin and Kennedy. The focus of the research was to utilize neuroimaging tools to evaluate fronto-temporal connectivity abnormalities in schizophrenia, as well as abnormalities in hemispheric connections (i.e., corpus callosum), and abnormalities in the anterior limb of the internal capsule. Improved segmentation techniques, coregistration of structural MRI, DTI-MR, and fMRI, as well as novel processing tools for evaluating white matter fiber tracts and interregional functional connectivity were needed to accomplish these goals, and they were developed in conjunction with Cores 1 and 2.
  • Findings from this project, which involve both structural and functional information about brain abnormalities in schizophrenia, were correlated with neurocognitive, clinical, and behavioral data in order to understand further the relationship between brain abnormalities and cognition/behavior in schizophrenia.

2) Starting with the 4th year of NA-MIC, the DBPs were shifted from schizophrenia to lupus, autism, velocardiofacial syndrome (VCSF), and prostate cancer.

  • These DBPs now drive the computational research within NA-MIC. Specifically: Drs. Jeremy Bockholt and Charles Gasparovi at the MIND Institute and the University of New Mexico are analyzing brain lesions in Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Drs. Heather Hazlett and Joseph Piven at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill are conducting a longitudinal MRI study of early brain development in Autism, Dr. Marek Kubicki at Harvard Medical School is investigating VCSF as a genetic model for schizophrenia, and Dr. Gabor Fichtinger at Queens University is developing a robotic percutaneous surgery system for treatment of prostate cancer.


1) A few key journal publications that have emerged directly from each center (say the top 5 per center). These should not be presented in a center-specific context but just to show the volume and quality of scientific production. You should be able to get these directly from your progress reports.

2) Some statistics of publications: total number in the last year or cumulative. Again, these should be presented in aggregate rather than by center.


A list of tools produced by the center with one or two highlights where you have high volume download or many journal citations.

  • NA-MIC Kit, which includes 3D Slicer, a popular visualization package (see here for un-curated download statistics--it is helpful if you sort by number of downloads to see the full impact).


  • List of conferences/meetings where people in your center have explicitly advertised or demoed the NCBC’s activities.
    • MICCAI, RSNA, Human Brain Mapping, IGT Workshops at NIH
  • Newsletters, conferences, and other activities promoted by the centers.
    • The semi-annual hands-on event called the "NA-MIC Project Week".