Data Imaging Methods Platform (DIMP)
"Imagine there is a duck…" On the water there is a graceful duck gliding along the water surface. Underneath it there is a frenetic, intense motion, and a lot of coordination, for the smooth movement of the whole animal.
The suggestion is that the DIMP serves as the engine room (duck’s feet) for the smooth operation of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre’s design, collection, implementation, analysis and management of data, laboratory and methods whether it is administrative, neuroimaging, clinical, cognitive or statistical.
There is a strong team of people being developed to “power the duck” and share their wealth of knowledge and experience. MNC people continue to utilize cutting edge tools and techniques for processing their data, serving files, communicating and handling every-day tasks efficiently and effectively.
The Data Imaging Methods Platform (DIMP) was officially recognized subsequent to the restructure in late 2008. The fortnightly meeting’s objective is to disseminate knowledge and ideas on the design, collection, implementation, analysis and management of data, whether it is neuroimaging, clinical, cognitive or statistical. The agenda covers workshop design and implementation, MNC's data management and model development, systems administration and other IT and Laboratory items.
March 19th, 2009
"FreeSurfer is a set of automated tools for reconstruction of the brain’s cortical surface from structural MRI data, and overlay of functional MRI data onto the reconstructed surface." FreeSurfer was developed by the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.
Sarah Whittle and Dominic Dwyer presented a theory session on FreeSurfer and conducted a working tutorial session in the Imaging Laboratory. The workshop was well received with 20 people from MNC and collaborators at the Howard Florey Institute attending the theory session and between 7-10 people for the working tutorial session.
Data Management Principles
October 30th, 2008
Bridget Soulsby gave a MNC Data Management presentation to explain the process for how MNC receives MRI data and processes it on the system. The presentation also provided helpful solutions to information overload and the "data deluge".
Wednesday 12 August 2009
MNC Imaging Laboratory Users Forum
The Imaging Laboratory Users Forum, or the Lab Users Forum, is for all who are interested in neuroimaging research and current and potential users of the MNC Imaging Laboratory. Details
Tools & Templates
Data Mining tools and templates
SPSS Template of standardised variable names and data types that MNC researchers use. The template contains no data - just variable names, labels, values and data types. To use the template, first delete the variables you don't plan to use. For those sets of variables that should occur more than once (such as MRINumber when participants have had more than one MRI) simply copy and paste, then add "T1", "T2" ... after the variable names and labels.