Organized by the PROVIDI Lab (ISI - UMC Utrecht) and University of Costa Rica


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We are very excited to announce the 8th ExploreDTI Workshop, to be held in San José, Costa Rica (9-11 December, 2019).

This 3-day workshop includes both the theory and practice of processing, analyzing, and visualizing diffusion MRI data. Key concepts and practical considerations of data processing and analysis are explained with lectures. During the hands-on practical sessions, attendees will learn how to use the ExploreDTI toolbox with real diffusion MRI data. While data for the hands-on sessions are available on site, attendees are free to use their own data sets for the assignments. Attendees need to bring their own laptop for the hands-on sessions.

After completing this ExploreDTI course, one should be able to process, analyze, and visualize their own diffusion MRI data sets.

This course is aimed at both new and existing users of ExploreDTI and will cover both basic and advanced features. The diffusion topics covered are primarily intended for applications in basic science and clinical research and can be summarized as:

  1. Quality assessment
    • Residual maps
    • Estimation methods (OLLS, WLLS, NLS, REKINDLE)
  2. Artifact correction
    • Signal drift
    • Gibbs Ringing
    • Subject motion and eddy current-induced distortions
    • EPI deformations
  3. Diffusion approaches
    • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
    • Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI)
    • Spherical deconvolution (SD)
  4. Fiber tractography
    • Virtual dissection
    • Fiber bundle segment
    • Along-track analysis
  5. Automated analyses
    • ROIs (native/atlas space)
    • Tract pathways
    • Connectomics
  6. Visualization
    • ROIs
    • Tract pathways
    • Connectomes
    • Making Animations

All lectures and material will be in English.


The registration fee (in EUR) is €500 for academic attendees such as students (BSc/MSc/PhD), postdocs, professors, etc. For commercial attendees, the registration fee is €750. Course registration includes lectures, hands-on practical sessions, opening & closing reception, coffee/tea breaks and lunches for each day, one dinner (10th of December), a course certificate, and a "surprise gift". The registration fee does not include accommodation. Tutorial instructions and example data sets will be made available before the course. The lecture slides will be made available after the course.

You can register for this ExploreDTI workshop here. Once the payment is received, registration of the workshop attendee will be confirmed.

Note: the maximum number of attendees is 50 to guarantee the high level of educational support (roughly 10/1 ratio for attendee/tutor). Registration will close on December 1st 2019 at the latest or if the maximum number of participants has been reached.

Venue & Housing

The ExploreDTI workshop will take place at the Escuela de Tecnologías en Salud (School of Health Technologies), Universidad de Costa Rica (address: San Pedro, Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica). More specific details about room locations will be given later.

You will need to organise your own housing for the workshop. We recommend Hotel Ave del Paraiso as it is very close to the workshop venue.


For people with little background in diffusion MRI, we would like to suggest the following literature:


Workshop organizers
Szabolcs Dávid, Gustavo Alonso Vega Garbanzo, Sergio Solís Barquero, Alexander Leemans, and Hamed Mesri

Christian Beaulieu: Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
Alexander Leemans: PROVIDI Lab, Image Sciences Institute, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands

Additional lecturers
Szabolcs Dávid and Hamed Mesri.


On Sunday 8 December, we plan to have an informal get-together in the evening (time and location tba).

The tentative programme schedule for the 3-day workshop is shown below. Both the lectures and the hands-on sessions will be given in the Auditorium. Please note that there may be some adjustments to the timetable and teaching faculty. Details about locations for dinner & drinks will follow later.

Monday, 9 Dec Tuesday, 10 Dec Wednesday, 11 Dec
08:30 - 09:00 Coffee & Tea
09:00 - 10:00 Welcome +
 Lecture 1 
Lecture 3  Lecture 4 
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee & Tea
10:30 - 12:00 Hands-on Session 1 Hands-on Session 3 Hands-on Session 6
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Lecture 2 Hands-on Session 4 Hands-on Session 7
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee & Tea
15:30 - 17:00 Hands-on Session 2 Hands-on Session 5 Questions & Answers
17:00 - 18:00 Opening drinks Closing drinks
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner


If you have any queries about this ExploreDTI workshop, please email