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.
In late 2016, the Martinos Center celebrated these remarkable achievements with the fMRI25 series of events. In addition to organizing a symposium and reception on Dec. 6, we partnered with the MGH Russell Museum, the MGH Hotline newsletter and the Boston Museum of Science to commemorate the anniversary of the two papers. At the same time, we published a series of feature articles exploring different aspects of the studies. All of the above are now gathered on the Articles and Other Media page.