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fMRI of the Brainstem and Spinal Cord

Submission deadline: 21 March 2023
Special Issue Editor
  • Patrick W. Stroman, PhD
    Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
    Interests: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods development; functional MRI (fMRI); fMRI of the brainstem and spinal cord; pain research
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a well-established and powerful research tool used widely in neuroscience, yet relatively few fMRI studies have focused on the brainstem and spinal cord. Despite this, fMRI methods adapted for the brainstem and spinal cord have been in use for over 25 years and have provided new information about motor, sensory, and pain processing, as well as the effects of injury and disease. The key challenges encountered when applying fMRI in these regions include the small anatomical features, physiological motion, and poor magnetic field homogeneity near the air/tissue and bone/tissue interfaces. Additional challenges also arise during data analysis because specialized methods are needed for these regions. In spite of the challenges, more than 100 fMRI studies involving the spinal cord and brainstem have been published. These have revealed valuable information, including data on the sensitivity and reliability of results. fMRI methods continue to be developed and improved, and multiple approaches are being used. This special issue will focus on research advances in the brainstem and spinal cord that have resulted from the use of fMRI, thus demonstrating the capabilities of current methods.

Prof. Patrick W. Stroman

Guest Editor

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data analysis
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