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WIN is happy to announce our brand-new Oxford Clinical Neuroimaging course. The course is fully online, self-paced and flexible to your schedule. The course content includes, among others:

  • Lectures from neuroimaging and clinician experts on concepts and clinical uses of MRI, from differential diagnosis to image-guided interventions
  • Interactive 3D brain models for self-paced learning
  • Complex case study discussions
  • Guided advanced image analysis tutorials with real data using FSL

Where did the idea for the course come from?

The course came about as a result of requests from clinical neurosurgery and neuroradiology trainees at our local hospital in Oxford. While there are plenty of neuroimaging courses out there, these tend to be either very broad clinical courses (without the direct applications of advanced techniques like fMRI or DTI in practice) or very in-depth research-oriented courses that focus on the physics or analysis of imaging data. Our trainees desired something in-between that would offer a little bit of technical insight but would focus strongly on how advanced are methods are used in clinical practice, and why.

 

The Oxford Clinical Neuroimaging Course was therefore created by a team of neuroimaging scientists at the FMRIB-WIN and Consultant Clinicians who use advanced neuroimaging technologies in their daily clinical practice. The purpose of the course is to bridge the clinical-research gap, providing a comprehensive overview of neuro MRI in the clinic, whilst also expanding into more specialist topics such as advanced sequences and analysis methods supported with direct illustrations of how MRI and MRI-adjunct technologies are used for clinical intervention.

Who’s the course aimed at?

The course covers practical aspects of MRI with a view toward its use in clinical settings. Consequently, it is aimed mostly at clinicians (especially neuroradiology and neurosurgery trainees) and other health professionals with an interest in MRI (such as MRI radiographers, neuropsychologists, neurophysiologists and related Allied Health Professionals). However, the course materials also cover various applications of imaging in clinical research and would therefore equally appeal to neuroscientists who are interested in translational applications of MRI.

Does the course assume any knowledge?

This course assumes only basic familiarity with MRI, as would be encountered naturally in most clinical, healthcare or neuroscience settings. In order to keep the focus very translational, we have not delved deeply into fundamentals of neuroscience and anatomy that you would easily find in textbooks, or dwelled too much on the physics of MRI. Instead, the course aims to have a practical approach to the clinical applications of neuroimaging, illustrating when specific types of MRI techniques are clinically helpful and what kinds of applications these are useful for (or not!). The content of the course ranges from introductory content to more advanced optional content for those who wish to develop their understanding even further.

What does the course cover?

The course comprehensively covers MRI of the adult brain, divided into 4 inter-linked modules, which describe

  • Section A: Normal and Pathological Anatomy
  • Section B: Interpreting Clinical MRI
  • Section C: Advanced MRI in the Clinic
  • Section D: Image Guided Intervention

The full course programme is linked here.

Please note at this time we have not included other imaging modalities such as PET, CT, MEG or EEG. As this course is brand new, we would love to hear your feedback on any topics you might like to see included in future. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any suggestions you might have by emailing win-clinmricourse@ndcn.ox.ac.uk.

How long will the course take to complete?

The course is self-paced and completion time will vary depending on your prior knowledge and the level of understanding you wish to achieve by the end of the course. The course content includes approximately 30 hours of contents, including 22 lectures and various types of interactive content. You may choose to complete the whole course (for maximum CPD credits), or only specific modules (for partial CPD credits) depending on your interests. We recognize the difficulties of fitting learning around a busy clinical schedule, so you will have access to all the materials for a full 6 months.

How much does the course cost?

We have aimed to make this course maximally accessible by keeping the charges minimal. The course costs £55 per registrant, which includes a CPD certificate upon successful completion of the course materials. The £55 is used to cover the annual cost for this certification service. Please note the course is currently undergoing review for CPD accreditation, we will update the website once CPD accreditation has been confirmed and how many credits the course will offer.   

How do I sign-up?

The course is hosted in “Canvas” the University of Oxford virtual learning platform. You can sign up and register for the course via the University of Oxford Shop. We hope to open registration in October, so please do check back then to sign-up. Alternatively, please feel free to indicate your interest by emailing us at win-clinmricourse@ndcn.ox.ac.uk and we will ensure you are notified once registration opens.

What will happen once I’ve signed up?

You will be emailed instructions on how to log into our online learning platform Canvas, where the course is hosted. You will be given 6 months full access to all the course materials, within which you can complete the required criteria to gain your CPD certificate. Once you have completed all the required materials, please email win-clinmricourse@ndcn.ox.ac.uk so that we can organise and issue your CPD certificate!

If you have any questions about the course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing win-clinmricourse@ndcn.ox.ac.uk