The fMRI era launched on November 1, 1991, when Martinos Center investigator Jack Belliveau reported the first demonstration of the technique in the journal Science, with the now-iconic image of brain activation on the cover. The following June, in a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Center's Ken Kwong introduced endogenous contrast to fMRI, thus facilitating widespread use of the technique in humans. What followed was—and still is—nothing short of a neuroimaging revolution, offering unprecedented insight into workings of the brain.
fMRI25 will celebrate these remarkable achievements. In addition to organizing the keystone symposium and reception on Dec. 6, the Martinos Center has partnered with the MGH Russell Museum and the Boston Museum of Science to commemorate the anniversary of the two papers. Other events may also be announced. Keep an eye on this space, and on the fMRI25 Facebook and Twitter pages, for further details.