MEG Core offers excellent environment for MEG measurements. MEG Core has a modern 306-channel MEG device (Elekta Neuromag™, Elekta Oy, Helsinki, Finland) in a high-end 3-layered magneticaly shielded roo (Imedco AG, Hägendorf, Switzerland). MEG Core has extremely low magnetic ambient noise level. MEG Core has a wide variety of MEG-compatible stimulators and monitoring devices.
Aalto NeuroImaging Infrastructure
Aalto Neuroimaging Infrastructure (ANI) research infrastructure at Aalto University houses four functional neuroimaging modalities, navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) at Aalto TMS, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre, magnetoencephalography (MEG) at MEG Core, and Aalto Behavioral Laboratory.
AMI Centre maintains a research-dedicated 3T-MRI scanner, develops and maintains the related infrastructure and offers services to multiple research teams. Typical measurements at AMI Centre include functional and structural brain imaging or diffusion tensor imaging. In addition, AMI Centre develops new methods and applications of MRI technology.
Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL) has various different monitoring and stimulus systems for behavioral studies in controlled environment. The laboratory consists of two measurement rooms: a shielded room which is especially intended for EEG and remote eye tracking measurements; and a room for behavioral measurements which doesn’t require shielded conditions.
Aalto TMS offers researchers unique possibilities for multi-modal neuroimaging techniques. The laboratory contains top-of-the-line electroencelography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) systems.
ANI Affiliation in Scientific Articles based on ANI Data
All articles published on the data measured at ANI should have at least one author with ANI affiliation. In practice, it can be achieved by having one author with double affiliation. The authors should also acknowledge ANI in the Materials and Methods section of their papers. This will assure that all ANI activities can be reported correctly and the host support will continue.
Aalto NeuroImaging, Aalto University, FI-00076 AALTO, FINLAND.
The data have been measured at AMI Centre, Aalto NeuroImaging, Aalto University School of Science.
MEG Core example
The data have been measured at MEG Core, Aalto NeuroImaging, Aalto University School of Science.
Aalto TMS example
The data have been measured at Aalto TMS, Aalto NeuroImaging, Aalto University School of Science.
The data have been measured at ABL, Aalto NeuroImaging, Aalto University School of Science.
The annual reports of Aalto NeuroImaging since 2013. Before year 2013 each unit had their own annual reports.
Data policy of Aalto NeuroImaging -infrastructure
The data policy and file storage at Aalto NeuroImaging (AMI Centre, MEG Core, Aalto TMS, and Aalto Behavioral Laboratory) is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR; EU 2016/679, enforcable from 25th of May 2018) concerning the data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union.
The final version of our data policy is subject to modifications and requirements inflicted by (i) the Finnish government and TENK (http://www.tenk.fi/) as well as when (ii) Aalto University has published its official and detailed instructions and policies regarding the GDPR. Aalto NeuroImaging will follow the principles described by all the abovementioned instances (i-ii).
In addition to our current operation principles, the principal investigator should note especially the following:
- PI is responsible for the data acquisition, data transfer and storage at their own respective institute and department. Aalto NeuroImaging (ANI) provides secure first-hand storage (with grace period) but is not saving the data for future use for any user.
- ANI will provide detailed instructions (subject to the abovementiones changes) how data should be de-identified and handled when measured and stored temporarily at ANI's servers and when transferred and stored to other institutes servers and perhaps further shared. This may include, e.g., the following:
- All data must be anonymous. You should not use names, initials or anything when naming your measurement files at the instance of data acquisition. You should have a separate key for combining, e.g., 'Subject001' with N.N. and this key should be kept in a separate and secure location from the data.
- The same applies for other identification information normally stored in the headers of medical data format (birthdays etc.).
- MRI data might need to be defaced, that is you should remove the anatomical features of the individuals faces from the data immediately after you have transferred the data to your own institute/department.
- The changes may inflict modifications to your consent forms. Detailed information will follow later. However, the law will override any consent given by the subject, so the subject cannot abandon their rights to their data (even if they would like to do so).
- You should not keep any data in usb-sticks or any other portable media as it cannot be securely encrypted. Detailed information about what is safe and what is not will follow. At Aalto, Aalto workstations are encrypted, but not necessarily all laptops. Make sure you only use encrypted devices!
The final instructions should be ready by fall 2018, when all the abovementioned decisions have been made and open issues are solved.