NIH Blueprint: The Human Connectome Project

Exploring the Human Connectome

Course Materials

Day 1: Monday, Jun 19

TypeCourse (Presenter)Resources
LectureIntro and Overview (David Van Essen)PDF:
LectureHCP Data Acquisition (Michael Harms)PDF:
PracticalIntroduction to wb_view (Jenn Elam)PDF:
LectureStructural MRI: Precise Neuroanatomical Localization (Matt Glasser)PDF:
PracticalData Quality (Michael Harms)Lecture PDF:
Practical PDF:
LectureGroup Brain Parcellation (Matt Glasser)PDF:
PracticalIntroduction to wb_command and Group Parcellation (Tim Coalson, Jenn Elam)PDF:

Day 2: Tuesday, Jun 20

TypeCourse (Presenter)Time
LectureMultimodal Classification of Areas in Individuals and Parcellation Validation (Matt Glasser)PDF:
PracticalIndividual Brain Parcellation (Matt Glasser)PDF:
LecturerfMRI Background, Preprocessing, Denoising (Steve Smith)PDF:
LecturerfMRI Temporal Noise (Matt Glasser)PDF:
PracticalrfMRI Preprocessing, Denoising; ICA-based Parcellations (Steve Smith)PDF:
LecturerfMRI Network Analysis Strategies (Steve Smith)PDF:
PracticalrfMRI Netmats and Dual Regression (Steve Smith)PDF:

Day 3: Wednesday, Jun 21

TypeCourse (Presenter)Time
PracticalHCP Pipelines Practical (Tim Brown)Lecture PDF:
Practical PDF:
LectureDiffusion MRI, Distortion Correction and DTI (Jesper Andersson)PDF:
PracticalDiffusion MRI, Distortion Correction and DTI Practical (Jesper Andersson)PDF:
LectureFibre Orientation Models and Tractography Analysis (Matteo Bastiani)PDF:
PracticalFibre Orientation Models and Tractography Analysis Practical (Matteo Bastiani)PDF:
PracticalTractography and Tracer Connectivity (Chad Donahue)PDF:

Day 4: Thursday, Jun 22

TypeCourse (Presenter)Time
LectureRegression, Prediction, and Permutation Analyses (Thomas Nichols)PDF:
LectureFamily Structure and Heritability (Thomas Nichols)PDF:
LectureTask fMRI and Behavioral Measure Analyses (Greg Burgess)PDF:
PracticaltfMRI and PALM (Greg Burgess, Anderson Winkler)PDF:
LectureLifespan HCP: Development and Aging (Susan Bookheimer)PDF:
LectureClinical Connectome: Application of HCP Methods to Neuropsychiatric Illness (Alan Anticevic)PDF:
LectureConnectomeDB, Connectome Coordinating Facility, Amazon Web Services (Tim Brown)
PracticalCloud-based Processing Using HCP Pipelines and Amazon Web Services (Tim Brown)PDF:

Day 5: Friday, Jun 23

TypeCourse (Presenter)Time
LectureIntroduction to HCP-MEG Connectome (Linda Larson-Prior)PDF:
PracticalMEG Preprocessing, Channel and Source Analysis of tMEG and rMEG (Giorgios Michalareas)PDF:
LectureMEG Connectivity and Follow-up Analyses for HCP Data (Robert Oostenveld)PDF:
PracticalrMEG and tMEG Source-level Connectivity; Multimodal Integration (Giorgios Michalareas)PDF:
PracticalBuilding wb_view scenes and sharing on BALSA (Jenn Elam, Chad Donahue)PDF:
LectureHCP and Beyond: Looking Back and Forward (David Van Essen)PDF:

Course Description

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Co-sponsored by:

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Learn about multimodal neuroimaging data, analysis, visualization, and sharing tools of the Human Connectome Project

We are pleased to announce the 2017 HCP Course: "Exploring the Human Connectome", to be held June 19 – 23, 2017 at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This is the week before the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) annual meeting to be held in downtown Vancouver (about 8 miles away from UBC) June 25-29.

This course is designed for investigators who are interested in:

  • using HCP-style data distributed by the Connectome Coordinating Facility (CCF) from the young adult (original) HCP and forthcoming projects
  • acquiring and analyzing HCP-style imaging and behavioral data at your own institution
  • processing your own non-HCP data using HCP pipelines and methods
  • learning to use Connectome Workbench tools and share data using the BALSA imaging database
  • learning HCP multi-modal neuroimaging analysis methods, including those that combine MEG and MRI data
  • positioning yourself to capitalize on HCP-style data forthcoming from large-scale projects currently collecting data (e.g., Lifespan HCP development and aging and Connectomes Related to Human Disease projects)

This 5-day intensive course will provide training in the acquisition, analysis and visualization of freely-available data from the Human Connectome Project using methods and informatics tools developed by the WU-Minn-Oxford HCP consortium. Participants will learn how to acquire, analyze, visualize, and interpret data from four major MR modalities (structural MR, resting-state fMRI, diffusion imaging, task-evoked fMRI) plus magnetoencephalography (MEG) and extensive behavioral data. Lectures and labs will provide grounding in neurobiological as well as methodological issues involved in interpreting multimodal data, and will span the range from single-voxel/vertex to brain network analysis approaches.

The course is open to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and industry participants. The course is aimed at both new and current users of HCP data, methods, and tools, and will cover both basic and advanced topics. Prior experience in human neuroimaging or in computational analysis of brain networks is desirable, preferably including familiarity with FSL and Freesurfer software. 

To get a sense of the material covered, check out the 2015 and 2016 course materials (lecture slide PDFs, practical instructions, software and practical datasets in a virtual machine) currently available for download. Each year the course is updated with the latest developments and analysis recommendations from HCP.

All lectures and printed material will be in English.


Registration (in US dollars) is $750 for PhD/MSc/undergrad students, $1250 for postdocs and other non-student attendees, and $2200 for commercial attendees.

Course registration includes lectures, computer practical sessions, a light continental breakfast and coffee/tea breaks each day, an evening kickoff reception, and a course book containing the lecture slides and practical instructions.

Spaces are limited, registration will remain open until all spaces are filled or June 12 at the latest.

The registration fee does not include accommodation (see below), or lunch and dinner; there are cafés and restaurants nearby on and just off the UBC campus.

To register and pay, visit the on-line registration page. Please note that we are only able to take payment by credit card. (Sorry about this.) Please note also that your registration is not complete until you have finalized the payment (entering form information and then proceeding to checkout and payment).

If you require an invitation letter as part of a travel visa application, please download this letter and fill in your contact information.

UBC Faculty, Staff, and Student Registration

A limited number of UBC Faculty, Staff, and Students are eligible for a 25% discount from the HCP Course registration fee (provided as a refund for eligible registrants). To be eligible for this discount, UBC affiliates should use this UBC registration page.


Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

The HCP Course lectures and practicals will be held in the Rudy North Lecture Theatre at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, our co-sponsor for this year’s course, on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Here’s a map of the location.


Registrants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. Organizing the course at UBC has allowed us to arrange a block of reasonably priced accommodation for all participants and staff in the Walter Gage residence hall, a short 5-10 minute walk from the Centre for Brain Health.

Most of the available rooms are Premium single private bedrooms in a 4 person shared apartment with shared washroom and shared lounge with TV. These will be offered for $52 CAD (~$40 USD) per night, plus applicable taxes. Linens, two towels, soap, and in room coffee are provided. Wired internet connection is provided, but you will need to bring your own Ethernet cable.

A limited number of Studio Suites (similar to a typical hotel room) with a double bed, private washroom, studio kitchen, and TV, will be offered for $139 CAD (~$105 USD) per night, plus applicable taxes. Linens are changed daily and in room coffee is provided.

Registrants are responsible for making their own reservations through UBC Conferences and Accommodation using the HCP Course room block website.

Note: May 17, 2017 is the cut off date to reserve UBC lodging under the HCP Course room block.


Speakers to include: David Van Essen, Matt Glasser, Michael Harms, Steve Smith, Tom Nichols, Anderson Winkler, Greg Burgess, Susan Bookheimer, Alan Anticevic, Jesper Andersson, Matteo Bastiani, Chad Donahue, Linda Larson-Prior and Robert Oostenveld.

Practical Tutors: (in addition to speakers): Jenn Elam, Tim Brown, Tim Coalson, and Giorgos Michalareas

Cancellation Policy

Please register with care. We have made commitments on costs that cannot be changed the closer we approach to the course date. Here is our refund policy:

  • Full refunds available on registration cancellations up to May 12, 2017
  • 50% refunds available on registration cancellations from May 13 to May 31, 2017
  • No refunds of any kind for any cancellation on June 1, 2017 or beyond

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!