Interpreting BOLD III: Furthering the dialogue between cellular and cognitive neuroscience

September 2nd-4th, 2020. Christ Church, Oxford, U.K.

Cognitive neuroscientists use BOLD signals to non-invasively study brain activity, although the neurophysiological underpinnings of these signals are poorly understood. By again bringing together scientists using BOLD/fMRI as a tool with those studying the underlying neurovascular coupling mechanisms, the third Interpreting BOLD meeting will continue an important dialogue which is helping us to both understand how BOLD relates to brain activity and is informing future neurovascular and cognitive research. The first of these meetings was a 2016 Royal Society Theo Murphy meeting, and you can access the first of two special issues of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B associated with the meetings here.  The second took place in 2018 in Christ Church, Oxford and another associated special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B is in preparation – link to follow when it is published!).

This year’s topics are:

  1. Cells and circuits that underlie BOLD
  2. Variability in neurovascular coupling
  3. Extracting functional connectivity information from BOLD.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Peter Bandettini (NIMH)
  • Nicole Wenderoth (ETH Zurich)
  • Richard Buxton (UCSD)
  • Charlie Stagg (Oxford)
  • Albrecht Stroh (Mainz)
  • Oliver Kann (Heidelberg)
  • Clare Howarth (Sheffield)
  • Anusha Mishra (OHSU)
  • Catherine Hall (Sussex)
  • Nicolas Schuck (MPI, Berlin)

Registration for the meeting is via this link. Fees are £420, and include conference attendance and full board accommodation at Christ Church for 2 nights. Abstract submissions are encouraged for oral and poster presentations.


Early career prizes, travel grants and fee waivers:

We have received funding from the International Brain Research Organization (ISBO) and Guarantors of Brain to support a limited number of prizes, registration fee waivers and travel awards for early career researchers. Masters students, PhD students and postdocs within 5 years of their PhD viva can be considered for these awards if they have registered for the meeting and have submitted an abstract for consideration (please indicate if you qualify on registration). The awards will be announced at the meeting and disbursed after the meeting dates



We hope that we will be able to run the meeting as usual in September, but will respond to public health advice as necessary. If speakers or participants are prevented from attending in person, we will use online solutions to (as far as possible) enable presentations and discussions with registered participants to occur.