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About OHBM

The Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) is an international society dedicated to advancing the understanding of the anatomical and functional organization of the human brain using neuroimaging. A primary function of the society is to provide educational forums for the exchange of up-to-the-minute and groundbreaking research across neuroimaging methods and applications. OHBM achieves this through its member led committees and an Annual Meeting that is held in different locations throughout the world.

OHBM Mission

The purpose of the Society shall be to advance the understanding of the anatomical and functional organization of the human brain, and promote its medical and societal applications.

OHBM Will…

  • Bring together researchers who are engaged in investigations relevant to human brain organization (MRI, fMRI, PET, EEG/MEG and other cutting edge approaches such as electrophysiology, preclinical imaging, neuroepidemiology, genetics); and
  • Engage in other activities to facilitate communication among these scientists and promote education in human brain organization.


It was 1995 when the first gathering of brain imagers convened in Paris, France to share science and discuss techniques and challenges in this newly emerging field. Organizers Bernard Mazoyer, Per Roland and Rudiger Seitz thought it would be a small meeting but this meeting resulted in over 800 people gathering in Paris to take part in the inaugural “International Conference on Human Brain Mapping”. The following year, a second event was held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and was organized by Jack Belliveau, David Kennedy and Bruce Rosen. During a memorable Boston conference town hall meeting (chaired by Alan Evans), the attendees expressed their interest in having a formal organization created. OHBM was officially incorporated in 1997 during the Copenhagen, Denmark meeting, when the general assembly approved the newly created by-laws (written by an ad hoc committee chaired by David Van Essen) and elected its first officers. The Human Brain Map database workshops organized by Peter Fox in the early nineties, and the two early international conferences provided the foundation and served as a catalyst for organizing those working in this growing and quickly changing area of neuroscience. The Annual Meeting of OHBM has become the premiere event in the brain mapping community attracting leading researchers and students alike. Since its inception, OHBM has continued to evolve in response to the needs of our members and student post-doc group in the field of human functional neuroimaging and its movement into the scientific mainstream.




Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy

9-13, June

Annual Meeting in Singapore, Singapore

17-21, June

Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada

25-29, June

Annual Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland

26-30, June

Creation of Gender/Diversity Task Force

26-30, June

OHBM Replication Award created to recognize the best replication study.

26-30, June

OHBM Blog officially launched

26-30, June

Open Science Special Interest Group Approved


Student/Post Doc SIG Grandfathered in


Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI, USA

14-18, June

The OHBM Committee on Best Practice in Data Analysis and Sharing (COBIDAS) on MRI was created

14-18, June

OHBM OnDemand (online education platform) launched

14-18, June

China Chapter Created


OHBM approved the creation of the China Chapter


Korea Chapter Created


OHBM approved the creation of the Korea Chapter


Annual Meeting in Hamburg, Germany

8-12, June

The Education in Neuroimaging Award

8-12, June

created to recognize significant contributions to education and training in the field of neuroimaging


Latin American Brain Mapping Networking (LABMAN) approved


Alpine Chapter (serving Austria and Switzerland) approved


Brain Research Society Turkey approved


Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, USA

16-20, June

OHBM established the Glass Brain Award

16-20, June

to recognize lifetime achievement in the field of human brain mapping


Annual Meeting in Beijing, China

10-14, June

Annual Meeting in Quebec City, Canada

26-30, June

Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain 

6-10, June

Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA 

18-23, June

Annual Meeting in Melbourne, Australia 

15-19, June

Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, USA 

10-14, June

Annual Meeting in Florence, Italy 

11-15, June

Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

12-16, June

Annual Meeting in Budapest, Hungary 

13-17, June

Annual Meeting in New York, NY, USA 

18-23, June

Annual Meeting in Sendai, Japan 


Annual Meeting in Brighton, England 


Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, USA 


Annual Meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany 


Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada 


General Assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark 


Official bylaws approved and first officers elected, creating OHBM 


The second international meeting on human brain mapping held in Boston, MA, USA 


Decision made to create a formal human brain mapping organization


Bernard Mazoyer, Per Rolan and Ridiger Seitz organize the first meeting on human brain imaging in Paris, France