OHBM 2017

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June 25th-30th, I attended OHBM 2017 in Vancouver. It has been a very rich and energizing meeting with open science activities being better and better integrated with the main meeting! The 5th OHBM hackathon has been a success and, this year, the program of the open science room was included in the official program booklet. "Neurohackers" were even featured in the closing highlights!

#OHBM2017 Highlights from Pedro Valdez-Sosa: Neurohackers are a great benefit to our organization

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— OHBM (@OHBM) 29 juin 2017

Here is my (very) short summary of the congress:

  • Cluster Failure: Why fMRI Inferences for Spatial Extent Have Inflated False-Positive Rates: a follow up by Anders Eklund after his highly discussed paper investigating validity of clusterwise inference. Anders discussed follow up simulations he did in reply to some of the criticism to his paper. In particular, randomisation of events at the subject level. Overall the results hold.

  • Keynote: Threat to valid fMRI inference (Tal Yarkoni): A great keynote packed with panda pictures to illustrate over-generalisation of the results. In particular, Tal presented joint work with Westfall and Nichols on treating stimuli as a random effects.

  • Informatics session: Open Neuroimaging Lab presented by Katja Heuer for collaborative annotations and curation of anatomical neuroimaging data. Comparison of automated meta-analysis in Neurosynth with manually curated from BrainMap presented by Taylor Salo, OpenNeuro presented by Chris Gorgolewski: a new online plateform for data analysis (and data sharing), Mapping of cognitive function in the human cerebellum presented by Jorn Diedrichsen, Performance of Various Brain Atlases for Individual Identification using resting fMRI presented by Andrew Michael and the Brainnetome Atlas presented by Lingzhong Fan.

  • Keynote: Revisiting Wernicke’s Area (Marsel Mesulam): A great keynote, discussing the role of Wenicke's region and how Wernicke's location has evolved through time.

  • Mentorship: The brand new mentorship program organised by OHBM Student & Postdoc SIG also ran a session with career advice, including Mathew Abrams from INCF and Cameron Craddock on first grants.

  • Demos (open science room): Many demos happened in the open science room throughout the congress, including: power tools for fMRI: neuropower by Joke Durnez and fmripower by Jeannette Mumford, BIDS presented by Cyril Pernet, NeuroVault by Chris Gorgolewski, Preprocessed Connectomes Project by Cameron Craddock and FMRIPREP by Oscar Esteban.

  • and much more!

See the #OHBM2017 on twitter and the OHBM blog for more discussions.