Neuroimaging of cerebral physiology: Deconvolving the neurological from the vascular

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13 September 2018 at 12:30 pm – 13 September 2018 at 1:30 pm
Monash Biomedical Imaging, 770 Blackburn Road, Clayton
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Medicine, Nursing, Health Science; Science; Seminars & Workshops



The human brain is a metabolically hungry organ, accounting for 10 times its fair share of energy consumption by weight. Without nearby fat stores, it relies on a continuous and responsive supply of nutrient-rich blood. Acute disruption to the blood supply of the brain, e.g. stroke, can be fatal in minutes. However, little is known about the impact of the gradual deterioration in cerebro-vascular function due to age. In this seminar, Dr Phillip Ward will provide an overview of the MRI and PET methods available to investigate cerebral physiology in vivo, along with the pitfalls and confounders they present. He will also share his recent findings in:

1. separating the vascular and neural compartments of fMRI using PET-MR

2. identifying the physiological confounds in functional connectomes

3. mapping vascular reserve in the elderly.

About Dr Phillip Ward

Dr Phillip Ward is a VESKI Victoria Fellow and Centre Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF). He is co-chair of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Early Career Researcher (ECR) Training Program and the Victorian Representative on the National CIBF ECR Executive Committee. Dr Ward develops and integrates methods for analysing human brain physiology and metabolism. Following a PhD dedicated to imaging cerebral blood vessels and quantifying blood-oxygenation with MRI, his work has expanded to include glucose-metabolism and dynamic approaches to mapping cerebral metabolism.

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