Structural & functional magnetic resonance imaging in Psychiatry


Prof. Robert Christian Wolf

Assistant Medical Director, Department of General Psychiatry, Heidelberg University (Germany)


10:45 – 14:30

Wednesday 15 February, 2017

LRC, Hall C, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University



• Goals/Purpose of the workshop: In the past two decades, structural and functional neuroimaging has decisively shaped our understanding of brain function in both healthy and compromised conditions. Multiple neuroimaging protocols have been developed and refined, as much as several techniques for structural and functional neuroimaging data analysis have been made available to the scientific community. In the past years, investigating brain function at rest (so called resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging) has attracted increasing interest since this modality offers a rich source of information with respect to fundamental principles of functional brain organization. Eventually, magnetic resonance imaging has been increasingly used to validate biological markers of treatment response in affective and non-affective psychoses.

• Target audience: residents and consultants in Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroradiology

• Format: talk, discussion groups and demonstration of structural data analysis (voxel-based-morphometry)

• Topics to be covered: 1. structural and functional neuroimaging protocols (focus on T1-MPRAGE and BOLD-imaging), 2. data analysis techniques (focus on voxel-based morphometry and Independent Component Analysis for resting-state data), 3. applications of structural and functional MRI in schizophrenia and neurodegeneration (Huntington’s disease).

• Objectives: By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

1- differentiate between multiple MR imaging modalities, including their methodological advantages and disadvantages

2- specify distinct steps of structural and functional MRI data analysis  

3- appreciate the value of structural and functional MRI for specific research questions in Psychiatry, including contributions to neurobiological models of psychotic disorders and contributions to treatment response prediction     


Registration fees: LE 400






Helping Kids Defeat OCD and Tics:

Behavioral and Pharmacological Approaches


Dr. Erika Nurmi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California at Los Angeles (USA)

Associate Medical Director, UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program

Medical Director, Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program

Tourette Association of America (TAA) Medical Advisory Board

Teaching Clinic Supervisor and Research Faculty, UCLA TAA Center of Excellence


9:00 – 10:15 and 11:15 – 15:00

Thursday 16 February, 2017

Psychiatry & Addiction Hospital

Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University



This workshop for clinicians will teach hands-on skills for employing behavioral and pharmacological approaches in OCD and tic disorders. In the first session, focusing on OCD, we will practice designing treatment plans for typical patients, including (1) providing psychoeducation and encouraging motivation, (2) teaching relaxation and coping skills, (3) developing and following an exposure hierarchy, (4) dealing with resistance and incorporating rewards, (5) guiding parent support and discouraging accommodation and reassurance, (6) integrating evidence-based pharmacological approaches and (7) long-term relapse prevention. In the second session, focusing on tic disorders, we will practice designing treatment plans for typical patients, including (1) providing psychoeducation and encouraging motivation, (2) teaching relaxation skills, (3) identifying and eliminating external and internal factors that promote tics using a function-based assessment, (4) developing a tic hierarchy, (5) promoting tic awareness, (6) developing competing responses and habit-reversal training, (7) dealing with resistance and incorporating rewards, (8) integrating evidence-based medication support, and (9) long-term relapse prevention. Alternative strategies for treatment refractory OCD and tic disorders will be reviewed. As a group, we will design approaches to case scenarios, highlighting important learning points and frequently encountered challenges


Registration fees: LE 500




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