Upcoming FreeSurfer Workshops

Next Boston course?

The next course at the Martinos Center will be held on May 5th, 6th, & 7th, 2014.

The course will be held at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston (114 Sixteenth Street, Charlestown, MA 02129).

Registration is open! Note: Diffusion analysis is not taught during the Spring course. Click here to register!
The Registration and Payment deadline is April 7, 2014.

The typical schedule for the Fall (Diffusion) course can be found here.
The typical schedule for the Spring (fMRI) course can be found here.

Next International course?

Copenhagen Course

We are pleased to announce a European FreeSurfer Course that will be held from August 11th to 13th 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The course will be organized by the Neurobiology Research Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital and the Department for Computer Science of the University of Copenhagen. The course will be a three-day course for beginners and experienced users of FreeSurfer and the lectures will be held by FreeSurfer developers.

For upcoming news and further information, please visit:

Sao Paulo Course

We are currently planning a course in Sao Paulo, Brazil for Fall 2014. Details will be available soon.

General Information

Details about the Boston Course can be found below. Information about international courses can be found on their respective websites.

If you have a specific question about the FreeSurfer courses that was not answered by our FAQ or would like to host a course in your area, you can email Allison Stevens (astevens at nmr dot mgh dot harvard dot edu) who organizes the courses.

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Boston Course Details

Click on any of the topics below for more information:
Topics Covered During the Course
Lecturers and Staff
Map of the Course Location


The FreeSurfer Development Team hosts a three-day course for beginner and experienced users of FreeSurfer.

Day 1 caters to beginners and will cover:

Day 2 will cover:

Day 3 will cover:

The three days will run roughly from 9am-5:30pm. Laptops are provided with FreeSurfer and the tutorial data already installed. Attendees will work in pairs (sharing a laptop). The most recent Boston course schedule can be found here. Please check back for updates.

Additional topics and more detail on each topic is provided below.



The fee for the course is $650. A reduced rate of $450 is available to graduate students. MDs, PhDs, and post-docs do not qualify for the graduate student rate!


Payment is due immediately upon registration.
Payment and all questions about payment should go to Stacey Ladieu (sladieu at martinos dot org).
Check and cash are the only forms of accepted payment.
Credit cards are not accepted.


Make checks payable to: Massachusetts General Hospital

Mail checks to:
Stacey Ladieu
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
149 Thirteenth Street - Room 2301
Charlestown, MA 02129

Please be sure the NAME OF PARTICIPANT is listed on the check.


There are two options for paying by cash:

  1. Make an appointment with Allison Stevens (astevens at martinos dot org) to deliver cash in person
  2. Contact Stacey (sladieu at martinos dot org) to send cash via Western Union or Moneygram. The transfer must be made out to Stacey Ladieu.


If payment has not been received by April 7, 2014 or your institution has not contacted Stacey Ladieu (sladieu at martinos dot org) with details of their payment arrangement by that date (in the case of an institutional check), your spot will be opened to the waiting list. There is no need to contact us to check whether your payment has gone through - your spot is safe unless we contact you.

Course fees are refundable up to the payment deadline. A $200 fee will be deducted, should you request a refund up to 2 weeks prior to the program. After that, the tuition can be applied to a future program or you can send someone in your place. In the case there are less than 10 registrants for the course, the course will be cancelled and the registration fee will be refunded to the registrant.


  1. How many individuals are accepted into the Boston course?

    • 50 people
  2. Do postdocs qualify for the student rate?

    • No, sorry.
  3. Is there a discount for MGH or Martinos Center employees?

    • Sorry, no.
  4. I can only pay for the course with credit card so that I can be reimbursed later. Is this okay?

    • Sorry, we have not found a way to be able to accept credit cards. Payment must be by check or cash.
  5. I cannot pay by check and you don't accept credit card. Do I have any other options?

    • If you are local, you may bring a cash payment to Allison Stevens (astevens at nmr dot mgh dot harvard dot edu) before the deadline. If you are not local, you can pay via Western Union and Moneygram if it is addressed to Stacey Ladieu. Please contact Stacey (sladieu at nmr dot mgh dot harvard dot edu) first for details.
  6. Payment is required with registration but my institution will take several weeks to cut a check. Does this mean I cannot attend?

    • You may still attend the course. Have the person at your institution that is responsible for arranging your payment contact Stacey Ladieu (sladieu at nmr dot mgh dot harvard dot edu) to verify that a request for payment has been submitted and is being processed.
  7. The course is full. Can you register me for the next one?

    • You can sign up for our course mailing list and you will be notified when registration for the next course opens (that list is here). You can also register for the currently full course to be put on the waiting list for it. This does not however automatically get you a spot in the next course.

  8. Can I get a receipt for the course?

    • Sure! Receipts will be available on the last day of the course.
  9. How do I know if my payment went through?

    • If it hasn't we will contact you.
  10. Do I get any credits for taking this course?

    • Nope, but we will give you a certificate to prove you took it.
  11. Do you serve any food at the course?

    • There will be a continental breakfast each morning and coffee and some snacks supplied in the afternoon. There is also a cafeteria nearby where the course is held and two cafes 2-3 blocks from the building.
  12. I have some data I would like to get your opinion on. Can I show it to you?

    • Sure! But please do so during breaks, not during the tutorial sessions. Questions about the tutorial currently being worked on will have to take priority over personal data questions. If you email Allison prior to the course, she can try to arrange some help.

  13. I need some help installing FreeSurfer on my laptop - I can't seem to get it to work. Can you help with that?

    • Sure! Please see the response to the question above.
  14. Can I bring my own laptop to work on instead of sharing with someone else?

    • If any issues arise during the tutorial sessions which are unique to your laptop, we will not be able to troubleshoot those issues for you (it takes staff away from answering general tutorial questions). We strongly discourage using your own laptop instead of the ones we provide. If you insist on working on your laptop, please thoroughly test your installation ahead of time - guidelines for this can be found on the TestingFreeSurfer wiki. It might also be a good idea to try to run all the commands in the tutorials (here).

  15. How far is the airport from the course location?

    • About 20 minutes by taxi and 1 hour by public transportation (there are several transfers). The taxi will cost $20-$25. Public transportation will cost under $3.
  16. Would it work if I scheduled a flight for the evening of the last day of the class?

    • Certainly. You can bring your luggage to the room where the course is held and leave straight from there. Traffic can be bad after 3pm, so you may need 45 minutes to an hour to get to the airport.

Course Topics

Below is the list of topics. The course format is composed of lectures followed by hands-on tutorials so that you can gain experience interacting with data processed by FreeSurfer. A basic understanding of Unix is necessary to run and work with FreeSurfer.

Day 1: Introduction / Single Subject / Troubleshooting

Day 2: ROIs / Multimodal / Group Analysis

Day 3: fMRI or Diffusion / Longitudinal / Q&A

Lecturers and Staff


For discounted hotel options, please see this website.

To get to Downtown Boston from Charlestown you can take the shuttle (it runs every 15 minutes during the day on weekends), the water shuttle, or the #93 bus. Shuttle bus stops are marked on the Map at the end of this page.


The FreeSurfer Course is being held at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston. Here is a map:

When you enter Building 114, take the door on your left. Follow the signs or let security know you are there for the FreeSurfer Course in Conference room D1 and they will direct you to the location.



Public Transportation & Shuttle

If you are coming via the train (aka the T), there is a free Partners shuttle bus that picks you up at the North Station T stop (across from TD Banknorth Garden) and will take you to the course location in the Navy Yard. The shuttle schedule can be found here here under "MGH Main Campus, North Station, One Constitution Road, Charlestown Navy Yard". (Note: There is a second schedule in the list with a similar name but without "One Constitution Road" in the title. This is the Saturday/Sunday schedule. Be sure to choose the schedule that corresponds to the date you are traveling.)

From inside the train station, exit North Station to the Causeway Street exit. The shuttle stops right outside of the T stop in front of the CVS (near the lamp post on the leftin this picture). Note: CVS is not in the picture because it was not yet built when the picture was taken.

The shuttle comes every 15 minutes during the day (after 7pm, it comes every half hour and stops around 1am). It will arrive at North Station approximately 5 minutes after the time listed on the schedule under "Arrive/Depart MGH Main Campus". The shuttle stops right in front of Building 114 (the third stop after you board at North Station). Please see the map above for the shuttle bus stop and building location.

There is another shuttle bus that picks up from North Station. It has only one stop - the Spaulding Rehab building in the Navy Yard. This is right next to the course location. The Spaulding shuttle has a limited schedule and only operates between 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM on weekdays. On weekends, it does not operate in the evening. It runs approximately every 10 minutes.


Parking near the Center is difficult to get and is either metered (with a 2 hour limit) or expensive ($20+/day for a garage). We get discounted parking ($5 for 24 hours) at the parking garage on 5th Avenue (please see the map above for the location).

If you would like to park in the garage at this discounted rate, take a ticket when you enter the garage and bring this ticket with you to the course. During the Course Registration, you can purchase the discounted parking sticker to put on your ticket. You will have to pay us in cash or by check (made out to MGH) to receive the parking validation sticker(s).

This is very *important*: we cannot wait for checks to be processed by your institution, university, etc. for the price of the parking. You will have to have payment ready at the course to receive the parking validation. Please notify the Registration desk if you need a receipt for parking.

How to determine how many stickers you need: Each parking sticker is good for 24 consecutive hours of parking. Once you park in the garage, you cannot take your car out without needing an additional sticker to pay for your re-entry.

For example, if you drive in the first day of the course and leave the garage at the end of the day, repeating this for all 3 course days - you will need 3 parking stickers to pay for those 3 days. If you are parking in the garage on Sunday evening at 6pm and take your car out at 8am on Thursday (86 hours), you will need 4 stickers (86/24 = 3.58 round up to 4 stickers to pay for the 3.5 days).

Directions from Parking Garage

As can be seen on the map above, the parking garage has two exits. The exit at the back of the garage takes you to 16th Street and is closest to Building 114, however, it consists only of stairs. The exit farthest from Building 114 has elevators. If you would prefer to take an elevator, take it to the 1st floor. From there, go out the double doors and make a right. Take another right at the corner onto 5th Avenue. Cross the street at the crosswalk and in front of you will be the entrance to Building 114.

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