Post Graduate Course

36th Annual Meeting of the AACA—Tulsa 2019

Postgraduate Course:

Neuroanatomy of Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development and Mood Disorders

Hosted by the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), participants will learn about cutting edge research topics including adolescent brain cognitive development (the ABCD Study) and novel non-pharmacological treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. Participants will learn how to access data in the public ABCD database, and they will gain deeper understanding of research applications of fMRI neurofeedback and “floating” in an Epsom salt bath.  Qualified volunteers can compete for the opportunity to experience an amygdala guided fMRI neurofeedback session, followed by a debriefing session to share the experience with fellow attendees. Participants will be able to take home the deidentified fMRI dataset for use in teaching.

At the end of this course participants will:

1. Have a deeper understanding of neuroimaging

2. have a deeper understanding of neuroanatomical pathways involved in mood and anxiety

3. Be able to describe basic concepts of fMRI neurofeedback and floatation as novel non-pharmacological treatments for mood and anxiety disorders

4. Be able to describe the ABCD Study and access/utilize its public database

Proposed (Tentative) Schedule (Saturday, June 15, 2019)

7:45 AM Bus departs Hyatt Regency Tulsa
8:15 AM Arrive Laureate Institute for Brain Research
8:15 - 9:00 AM Check-in and breakfast; selection of fMRI and “float” volunteers
9:00 - 10:00 AM Lecture(s) – Role of fMRI-neurofeedback and floatation in mood and anxiety disorders
10:00 AM - Noon Facility tour and fMRI and float sessions
Noon- 1:30 PM Lunch and Learn – Debriefing with LIBR Scientists and fMRI/float tank subjects
1:30 - 2:30 PM ABCD Study lecture and practice searching the public ABCD dataset
2:30 - 3:00 PM Wrap-up session
3:15 PM Bus departs LIBR for return to Hyatt Regency Tulsa


A chartered bus will be provided, but if you plan on driving separately, please let Kendra Tyner know and see driving directions below:

Hyatt Regency (1000 E. 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK 74103) to Laureate Institute for Brain Research (6655 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74136)

  1. Head Northwest toward W 2nd Street. (66 ft)
  2. Turn right onto W. 2nd Street (0.2 miles)
  3. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right at the 1st cross street onto S. Cincinnati Ave (0.8 miles)
  4. Use the left 2 lanes to merge onto OK-51 E/US-64 E via the ramp to Broken Arrow (4.1 miles)
  5. Take the 31st street exit toward Yale Ave (433 ft)
  6. Use the middle lane to turn left onto E 31st street (signs for Yale Ave) (0.1 mile)
  7. Turn right onto S. Yale Ave (drive 3.6 miles)
  8. Turn left onto E 67th Street (0.2 miles)
  9. Turn Right (0.1 miles)
  10. Turn Left (0.1 mile)
  11. Turn left (destination will be on the right)


Registration Fees

Registration for this event is separate from the 2019 AACA Annual Meeting registration.  The fees for this event are as follows:

Member: $300
Non-Member: $350

Attendees can register for the course using the same online registration form that is used to register for the full conference.  Registration will be live in February of 2019.