MEG Lab at MIT

2016 MEG News

November 2016: Neuroscience 2016 Conference in San Diego
November 2016: MEG North America Workshop
November 2016: Neuroimaging Workshop on the Dynamic Social Brain in San Diego
October 2016: 20th International Conference on Biomagnetism
July 2016: Daredevil-like ability allows us to size up rooms
July 2016: Three new journal articles from the MEG Lab
January 2016: The MEG Lab makes an appearance on NBC's Today Show
January 2016: A Look Inside the Human Brain

2015 MEG News

December 2015: Sounds of the McGovern Institute
November 2015: MEG article highlighted in Trends in Cognitive Sciences
August 2015: The MEG Lab makes it to Neuroimage!
June 2015: Innovation Institute in Newton visits MEG Lab

June 2015: MEG presentation for BCS 50th anniversary
May 2015: Movie of a MEG visual experiment
April 2015: Harvard Catalyst Course
March 2015: Obama just meters away from the MEG Lab!
February 2015: MEG displays
January 2015: A look inside the human brain

2014 MEG News

December 2014: MIT Technology Review
October 2014: 1972 Science article
October 2014: Scientific American
September 2014: Brain Scan newsletter
September 2014: 3-axis accelerometer
August 2014: Biomag conference
April 10, 2014: The MEG Lab makes it to Science!
March 28, 3014: The Meg Lab becomes nearly vibration free
March 2014: Wavelenth Magazine
January 26, 2014: The Meg Lab makes it to Nature Neuroscience!
January 2014: A look inside the human brain

2013 MEG News

December 12, 2013: Michael Dukakis visits the MEG Lab
October 2, 2013: First journal article from the MEG Lab
September 1, 2013: MEG Lab introduces a fee-for-service policy
July 25, 2013: First MEG Lab user meeting
July 25, 2013: MEG Lab tours
January 2013: A look inside the human brain: MEG, MRI, PET & TMS

2012 MEG News

June 13, 2012: Dimitrios Pantazis in Greek Media
May 3, 2012: David Cohen, Inventor of MEG, in MIT News
April 28, 2012: Brainstorm Training Workshop at MIT
April 27, 2012: McGovern MEG Symposium
January 2012: A Look Inside the Human Brain

2011 MEG News

December 2011: MEG Lab in Scientific American Mind
October 24-28, 2011: Elekta Training Pt. 2
May 2011: MEG Lab in Harvard Educational Video
April 12, 2011: MEG Lab in Boston Magazine
March 25, 2011: Inaugural MEG Recording
March 21-25, 2011: Elekta Training Pt. 1
March 18, 2011: MEG Lab Opens
March 7, 2011: MEG Scanner Arrives
August 2010: Installation of Magnetically Shielded Room

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2016 MEG News

November 2016: Neuroscience 2016 Conference in San Diego

Several MIT research teams presented MEG LAb data at the 2016 Neuroscience Conference in San Diego. MEG Lab director Dimitrios Pantazis delivered a nanosymposium talk entitled "Neural pepresentations in a rapid serial visual presentation task at 17ms per picture."

November 2016: MEG North America Workshop

The goal of the NIH MEG North America workshop was to bring the North American MEG community together and to foster collaboration and synergy across laboratories. Keynote speakers included MEG lab director Dimitrios Pantazis, Sylvain Baillet, Timothy Roberts, and Julia Stephen.

November 2016: Neuroimaging Workshop on the Dynamic Social Brain in San Diego

MEG lab director Dimitrios Pantazis will be one of the faculty teaching at the NeuroImaging Workshop on the Dynamic Social Brain organized by the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience.

October 2016: 20th International Conference on Biomagnetism

The International Conference on Biomagnetism has been the most prominent conference on magnetoencephalography since 1976. In this year’s conference, MEG Lab director Dimitrios Pantazis organized a symposium titled "Neural dynamics of visual representations" featuring 5 speakers: Drs. Thomas Carlson, Lauri Parkkonen, Dimitrios Pantazis, Leyla Isik, and Seppo Ahlfors.

July 2016: Daredevil-like ability allows us to size up rooms

Our MEG study investigating auditory space perception has caught the attention of Science News and Daily Mail! The study provides the first neuromagnetic evidence for a robust auditory space size representation in the human brain.

July 2016: Three new journal articles from the MEG Lab

Three journal articles were just published from the MEG lab! They appear in Cerebral Cortex, Scientific Reports, and NeuroImage, and connect multimodal data (MEG / functional MRI/ Deep neural networks). The first article describes a MEG-fMRI fusion method that produces a fine spatio-temporal characterization of brain activation. The second article connects MEG-fMRI-DNN data to provide an algorithmic view of human object recognition. The third article focuses on scene representations and shows that a DNN trained on real-world scenes effectively accounts for neural representations of spatial layout properties such as scene size and clutter.

January 2016: The MEG Lab makes an appearance on NBC's Today Show

NBC’s Today Show featured McGovern Institute director Bob Desimone as part of a segment on how phones and computers influence our ability to perform daily tasks.  Don’t miss the MEG’s appearance at around 2:28-2:37 sec. That’s a whole 10 seconds of fame!

January 2016: A Look Inside the Human Brain

The course, "A Look Inside the Human Brain" included for the first time demo sessions in 3 technologies: magnetoencephalography, magnetic resonance imaging, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Positron emission tomography and near infrared spectroscopy were also included in the course.

2015 MEG News

December 2015: Sounds of the McGovern Institute

The McGovern Institute holiday video wishes you joy, peace and harmony in the New Year! Don’t miss the MEG segment starting at 30 sec.

November 2015: MEG article highlighted in Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience

The article we recently published in NeuroImage entitled "Can visual information encoded in cortical columns be decoded from magnetoencephalography data in humans?" has been highlighted in a spotlight article in Trends in Cognitive Sciences! They even describe as a "game changer" the notion that our research suggests MEG contains rich spatial information for decoding neural states. Yes, we like compliments!

August 2015: The MEG Lab makes it to Neuroimage!

One more journal article comes out from the MEG lab! The article titled "Can visual information encoded in cortical columns be decoded from magnetoencephalography data in humans?" is published in NeuroImage.

June 2015: Innovation Institute in Newton visits MEG Lab

The educational start-up Innovation Institute in Newton visited the Martinos Imaging Center at MIT. MEG director Dimitrios Pantazis introduced brain imaging technologies to a neuroscience class of students in grades 6-8 (ages 11-14).



June 2015: MEG presentation for BCS 50th anniversary

The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT was founded in 1964. Celebration for the 50th anniversary included the MEG Lab as one of the central exhibits. We presented a full-size replica of the Elektra Neuromag MEG system, together with MEG displays showing the history of MEG, an actual MEG sensor, the original 1972 article with the first MEG SQUID measurements, and honored David Cohen, the inventor of MEG, who was also present at the event.

May 2015: Movie of a MEG visual experiment

We created a short movie demonstrating how to use the lab equipment to collect data from a MEG visual experiment.

April 2015: Harvard Catalyst Course

Director Dimitrios Pantazis introduced MEG/EEG data analysis methods on the Harvard Catalyst course “Advanced Imaging in Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Research”. Other course instructors included Drs. Christos Papadelis and Yoshio Okada from Boston Children’s Hospital, and David Cohen and Sheraz Khan from Massachusetts General Hospital.

March 2015: Obama just meters away from the MEG Lab

President Obama visited Cambridge and had lunch just across the street from the MEG lab! No, we did not measure his brain waves, but we now offer the presidential pizza to all our visitors.

February 2015: MEG displays

A couple of displays now decorate the MEG Lab. They show David Cohen’s original 1972 Science article with the first MEG SQUID measurements, a real MEG SQUID sensor, and some information about Magnetoencephalography.

January 2015: A look inside the human brain

This year’s course, “A look inside the human brain,” was the most successful to date, with nearly 50 participants attending the various course modules devoted to brain imaging technologies.

2014 MEG News

December 2104: MIT Technology Review

MEG comes to the spotlight in Bob Desimone's article in MIT Technology Review.

October 2014: David Cohen's original 1972 Science article lands at the MEG Lab!

David Cohen donated a copy of his original 1972 article featuring the first ever MEG SQUID measurements!  We plan to have it on display at the MEG Lab.

October 2014: Scientific American lists MEG Lab as one of the emerging neurotechnologies at MIT

A pilot MIT class will introduce emerging neurotechnologies at MIT, including MEG, in an experiment supported by MITx and created by EyeWire.

September 2014: Brain Scan Newsletter

The MEG Lab is featured in the latest issue of Brain Scan, McGovern's quarterly newsletter! The article acknowledges the work of several groups at MIT and the seminal work of David Cohen back in the 70s.

September 2014: 3-Axis Accelerometer

We now have an accelerometer device at the MEG lab, complements of Dr. Veikko Jousmäki (Aalto University). Experiments that measure corticokinematic coherence are now possible!




August 2014: Biomag Conference

The MEG Lab participated actively in the Biomag 2014 conference with several talks and posters from MIT groups. Our work now has an impact to the community. Machine learning and neurofeedback were among the hot topics that are also pursued by our lab.




April 10, 2014: The MEG Lab makes it to Science!




The MEG Lab’s third paper is in Science! Congratulations to Daniel Baldauf and Bob Desimone for publishing a paper to Science, titled ‘Neural Mechanisms of Object-Based Attention’. The paper is available here. This work used an elegant design of frequency tagging to separate face- and object-based attention networks, and was able to identify gamma synchrony between the IFJ (inferior frontal junction) and either FFA or PPA (parahippocampal place area), depending on the attention task. IFJ was the driving force in both networks.



March 28, 2014: The MEG Lab becomes nearly vibration free


Juha Simola from Elekta visited our site and repositioned the MEG channel structure, making our measurements nearly vibration-free. Wonderful news.


March 2014: Wavelength Magazine

Our human vision work is featured in the March 2014 issue of Wavelenth Magazine, which is published by Elekta.





















January 26, 2014: The MEG Lab makes it to Nature Neuroscience!


Our paper titled "Resolving human object recognition in space and time," with authors Cichy, Pantazis, and Oliva, has been published to Nature Neuroscience!
This work explores the first stages of human object recognition. We used different images of object categories: human and non-human faces and bodies, and natural and artificial objects. The images were displayed while recording MEG and fMRI data in humans, and we also related results with spike activity in monkey IT.


-This study was the first to link MEG and fMRI with an approach called representational similarity analysis, resulting in a combined resolution of mm and ms.
-We measured the timing of object categorization in the first stages of human vision.
-We discriminated transient from persistent neural activity during visual object processing.
-We extended the approach across species (monkey depth recordings).

Our work was covered on the MIT homepage and is described in this MIT news article and this Nature article.




January 2014: A look inside the human brain

This course has now become a tradition! We expanded the course by introducing 5 brain imaging technologies: magnetoencephalography, magnetic resonance imaging, near infrared spectroscopy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and positron emission tomography.

The course website is available here.

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2013 MEG News

December 12: 2013: Michael Dukakis visits the MEG Lab




Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis visited the McGovern Institute on Thursday December 12 to deliver a lecture for the Boston Global Forum. He is shown in the photo below with MEG Lab director Dimitrios Pantazis.


October 2, 2013: First journal article from MEG Lab




The first journal article from the MEG Lab is now a reality! Authored by Leyla Isik, Ethan Mayers, Joel Leibo and Tomaso Poggio, the paper is titled "The dynamics of invariant object recognition in the human visual system," and is published at the Journal of Neurophysiology.

The paper measures the dynamics of object representation in the human visual system, by capturing neural signals that are invariant to physical transformations of these objects, such as their size and position. Even though object identity can be decoded as early as 60ms (a finding that has been also demonstrated by other groups), size- and position-invariant information appears around 125 and 150ms, respectively.



September 1, 2013: MEG Lab introduces a fee-for-service policy


The generous contribution of our donors enabled the McGovern Institute to provide free access to the MEG facilities during the first 2 years of the lab operation. However, it has always been known that the lab would need user support to maintain its operation, similar to the other imaging facilities at the Martinos Imaging Center. Starting September 2013, we introduced a fee-for-service policy. At least for our first paid scans we offered a beautiful rosewood pen with custom engraving!



July 25, 2013: First MEG Lab user meeting
On July 25, 2013 we held our first MEG Lab user meeting. We considered comments from principal investigators and other lab users before setting up any formal billing, scheduling, and cancelation policies. Based on these discussions, we established the policies available here.



July 25, 2013: MEG Lab tours




MEG lab director Dimitrios Pantazis often oversees tours of the MEG imaging facilities and has introduced brain imaging technology to local communities, high school science teachers, local biotechnology companies, New England healthcare groups, and legislative and judicial representatives. Shown above is a visit by the 30 brightest 10-year-old Japanese kids on July 2013.




January 2013: A look inside the human brain - MEG, MRI, PET & TMS
Our short course "A look inside the human brain" offered guided tours of our imaging facilities and demonstrated how to use these tools to look inside the brain.

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2012 MEG News

June 13, 2012: Dimitrios Pantazis in Greek Media
Dimitrios Pantazis’ research on brain networks and magnetoencephalography received wide coverage in the Greek media, including TV stations (ET3, and 4E), radio stations (ERT3, Radio Athina 9.84), and newspapers (Eleftheros Typos, Agelioforos, Makedonia).


May 3, 2012: David Cohen in MIT News

At the MEG Symposium on April 27, 2012, The McGovern Institute honored David Cohen for his invention of MEG 40 years ago at MIT’s Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory. Read the MIT News story >>

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April 28, 2012: Brainstorm Workshop at MIT

We were thrilled by the interest of the MEG and EEG community in our Brainstorm Training Workshop at MIT! A total of 88 attendees followed step-by-step instructions how to use Brainstorm software to visualize MEG recordings, reconstruct cortical sources, and perform time-frequency analysis and statistics. Yes, we followed the principle: leave no laptop behind, and it is amazing that it worked!

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April 27, 2012: McGovern MEG Symposium

Over 200 participants attended our annual symposium, which featured 8 prominent speakers, poster sessions, and David Cohen - the inventor of MEG - as a honored speaker. We received great feedback from the audience!

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Click here for more photos of the McGovern MEG symposium.

January 2012: A Look Inside the Human Brain

Dimitrios Pantazis, Christina Triantafyllou, and Quanzheng Li teach the course, "A Look Inside the Human Brain" during the MIT Independent Activities Period of 2012. The course includes an introduction to MEG (video available here), a tour of the MEG lab, and demo data acquisition and analysis.

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2011 MEG News

December 2011: MEG Lab in Scientific American Mind

Dimitrios Pantazis’ brain made it into the magazine Scientific American Mind! The photo, showing MEG resting state data, is featured in the article,"Head Shots," which can be found on page 42. (Download pdf)

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October 24-28, 2011: Elekta Training Pt. 2

Elekta offers a second week of MEG training, administered by Lauri Parkkonen. You may view the lecture below.

May 2011: MEG Lab in Harvard Educational Video

The MEG Lab is featured in the Harvard educational video, "Tools of Neuroscience: MEG," a course for K-12 teachers. Watch the video >>

April 12, 2011: MEG Lab in Boston Magazine

"Geek Beat: MIT’s Shiny New Mind Reader"
Read the article >>

March 25, 2011: Inaugural MEG Recording

One of our first MEG recordings: Binaural tone stimulation. Measured time series show a deflection at 100ms, indicating transient current flows at the left and right primary auditory cortices.

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March 21-25, 2011: Elekta Training Pt. 1

Elekta offers a week of MEG training, administered by Ron Gordon. You may view his lecture below.

March 18, 2011: MEG Lab Opens

Today the MEG Lab becomes operational! Well, almost. We are missing a few components (auditory stimulators, EEG, etc), but we are heading for a good start.

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March 7, 2011: MEG Scanner Arrives

It’s time to open the containers and install the new MEG scanner!

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Click here for more photos!

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2010 MEG News

August 2010: Installation of Magnetically Shielded Room

Installation of magnetically shielded room begins. The room was constructed by Vacuumschmelze, weighs seven tons and has three layers of mu-metal and one layer of aluminum.

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CONTACT
MEG Lab at the McGovern Institute
Main Street @ Albany Street
MIT Bldg 46-1147
Cambridge, MA 02139

Dimitrios Pantazis, PhD
email: pantazis@mit.edu
phone:617-324-6292