Announcing the Quality Conversations webinar series [on niQC, open science etc]

Update – events in reverse chronological order:

  • Aug 12, 11am EST : Prof. Tonya White on Automatic Quality Assessment of Structural Images in Pediatric Neuroimaging data, presenting this paper White, T., et al. (2018). Automated quality assessment of structural magnetic resonance images in children: Comparison with visual inspection and surface-based reconstruction. Human Brain Mapping, 39(3), 1218–1231. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.23911
  • July 27, 4-6pm EST : open discussion on phantom-related QA/QC: current challenges and potential solutions

As I discussed the importance of quality control in neuroimaging with various researchers around the world, before and after the formation of the INCF special interest group (SIG) on neuroimaging quality control (niQC), the need for a lot of education as well as a ton of open inclusive discussions was quite apparent. Many reasons for this include the diversity and complexity of the niQC related tasks themselves, complicated further by the lack of consensus in most aspects. To address this critical need,

  • we created an open and public google group (that anyone interested can join just by subscribing to it),
  • we ran an educational course on niQC at OHBM 2019 in Rome
  • we have been collecting various useful resources on the niQC website – please feel free to add anything else you believe is relevant by sending us a PR or opening an issue here.

As you can imagine, that’s not enough, and to keep the conversation going in an open and inclusive manner, we announce the webinar series called Quality Conversations ©. This series will aim to facilitate any and all conversations related to the goals of the niQC SIG as well as related topics such as open science.

Events on the Quality Conversations series, along with niQC SIG events, will be posted on this google calendar that you can subscribe to: URL.

The first event in this series will focus on “Phantom QA/QC in neuroimaging” (discussing the current challenges and potential solutions e.g. a centralized repository to monitor scanner performance?) on Tuesday July 27th 2-4pm EST. Join us! if you have experience and expertise in this topic, and would like to present, please reach out to me or share your thoughts on the google group.

The series would include various lectures on cutting-edge research, tutorials (on methods or tools) and panel discussions (e.g. open challenges to develop consensus and best practices). We encourage you to suggest any topics (that you would like to learn) and speakers (you would like to hear from), including nominating yourself, via this google form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSez2CtrOD5FAa79u2Bh2K-ORHM-ETyD2RqGP0GC7RVgJW15oA/viewform?embedded=true

We plan to record all the meetings when possible (except when we lack consent etc), and share them later e.g. here on the Quality Conversations playlist, and potentially mirrored on few other places.

Stay tuned for the remaining upcoming events. Join us and spread the word. Thank you.

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