About the Program Director
Dr. Robert Zivadinov 2009 Seminar Dates MRI Seminar Program
May 18 • June 15 • August 31
BNAC Director and Associate Professor October 19 • November 2 • November 16 Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center
of Neurology with Tenure at the State
University of New York at Buffalo and
If you are interested in
Clinical Professor of Neurology at the
Florida International University at attending an MRI Seminar,
Miami, Dr. Zivadinov holds two MD please send an e-mail to:
degrees as well as a M.Sc. and a PhD in
Neurology. He has staff privileges at the MRIseminar@bnac.net
Jacobs Neurological Institute.
Dr. Zivadinov has aquired extensive experience in
neurological disorders, with an emphasis on MS, through
conducting significant and progressive research. His
accomplishments in this field include numerous awards
from European and national neurological societies for his
published articles, research studies and research
Dr. Zivadinov has authored more than 110 publications,
including print and online articles and 270 abstracts. His
work has appeared in journals such as Neurology,
Neuroimage, Archives of Neurology, the Journal of
Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center
Established in 2000, The Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center 100 High St. • Buffalo, NY 14203 USA
(BNAC) is a part of The Jacobs Neurological Institute, which Website: www.bnac.net
serves as the Department of Neurology at the University at
Buffalo. BNAC also represents a multidisciplinary organization
that includes a staff of more than 25 employees and consists of
the following 6 sub-centers:
You may also contact our offices
• Clinical Research Imaging Unit at your convenience:
• Technical Imaging Unit
• MRI Analysis Unit Tel: 716.859.7040
• Sequence Development Unit
• Database Management Unit Visit our website: www.bnac.net
• Administrative Unit If you are interested in attending a seminar
2009 MRI Seminar Syllabus
• Launched in 2004, the MRI Seminar Program provides a
comprehensive and cohesive overview of magnetic
resonance imaging and its use as a clinical tool in
O VERVIEW OF B UFFALO R OLE OF MRI IN I MAGING THE managing a variety of neurological disorders and
N EUROIMAGING G RAY M ATTER P ATHOLOGY IN MS diseases
A NALYSIS C ENTER (BNAC) Explains gray matter involvement and redefinition of MS
• The intended Seminar audience is practicing neurologists
Brief presentation about the Center, including pathogenesis, use of magnetization transfer imaging and its
and MS specialists. Content is continually assessed and
affiliations, staff, operating units, innovations and role in measuring remyelination and demyelination in vivo. In
updated to better meet clinicians' needs.
services. addition, susceptibility-weighted imaging and cerebrospinal
fluid imaging are discussed. • The Seminar extends over a one-day session with meals
P RINCIPLES OF MRI P HYSICS AND and refreshments provided.
B ASICS OF Q UANTIFIED CNS ATROPHY AND B LACK H OLES AS
S EGMENTATION T ECHNIQUES N EURODEGENERATIVE M EASURES IN MS
• Each attendee receives a 3-ring binder that includes hand-
outs of all Seminar materials as well as a CD with all the
MRI terms defined, procedures and pulse sequences Explains T1-black holes, quantification methods and slides used in each of the presentations.
explained, differences between conventional and measurement of brain and spinal cord atrophy. Includes
non-conventional MRI discussed and different discussion about various disease-modifying therapies, • MRI Seminars are offered at regular intervals throughout
segmentation and quantification methods presented. using evidence and data from multiple clinical trials. the year from April through November.
• Enrollment is limited to ten per Seminar to allow a more
U PDATE ON N EWER C ONVENTIONAL R OLE OF MRI IN I MAGING OF A XONAL interactive experience. Potential attendees are accepted on
MRI T ECHNIQUES IN MS D AMAGE IN MS a first-come, first-served basis.
Coverage of different lesion types (e.g., T1, T2, Explains various non-conventional MRI techniques, including
Gd-enhancing, etc.), their evolution, how to diffusion weighted and tensor imaging, magnetic resonance • Assistance with travel arrangements is Available; for more
identify/assess them, newer sequences and advantages spectroscopy, perfusion imaging, optical coherence tomogra- information, please Contact our offices at 716.859.7040.
and disadvantages of using inflammatory MRI measures phy and functional MRI.
in clinical trials. • The MRI Seminar also serves as a needs assessment
resource for all BNAC CME programs. Currently, these com-
prise online courses as well as live events. MRI Symposia in
U SE OF MRI M EASURES IN offer at least 7.0 CME credits and the online courses offer
D IAGNOSIS AND P ROGNOSIS OF MS 1.0 to 2.0 CME credits each.
Explanation, discussion and validation of varied MRI
diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis with emphasis • Financial support for the program is provided through an
on non-conventional MRI measures, and predictive unrestricted educational grant from Teva Neuroscience that
factors as well as prognostic value of MRI. covers all production and staging costs of the Seminar.