June 13, 2017
Access to a 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner at UNCG has encouraged a few faculty in the Departments of Psychology and Kinesiology to explore how MRI may be used in their own research. Both structural and functional imaging are being used in a variety research areas from memory, learning, and creativity to exercise and cognition to the link between anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and osteoarthritis. While the breadth of research at UNCG is diverse, they are all using advanced imaging acquisition and image analysis methods in their investigation. While the opportunity for new research at UNCG is tremendous, what is missing at UNCG is a forum where faculty and students can further develop their skills, share their experiences, and discuss their ideas with each other.
Our goals for the Ashby Dialogs are to:
We will achieve these goals by having a three seminars given by external guest lecturers, monthly meetings to discuss published journal articles, and weekly meetings to share hands on experience with image analysis methods throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.
Weekly workshop meetings will be held in Sullivan Science Room 349 from 2-4pm on Tuesdays. Usually, 2-3 pm is a discussion of a research article, and 3-4pm is a hands on tutorial about working with neuroimaging data.
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We are happy to announce that the first outside speaker in our Ashby Dialogues series will be Dr. Dustin Grooms from Ohio University. He will present a talk called “Neuroplasticity of Musculoskeletal Trauma and Treatment”. Please see abstract below.
Following this talk, we will discuss an article selected by the speaker: Poldrack, 2015, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. This article will be relevant to anyone interested in comparing groups or conditions using neuroimaging data.
All are welcome!
When: November 17th, 2-4pm
Where: Sullivan Science Room 227 [**Please note this room is different from our weekly Ashby Dialogue meeting room]
Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Grooms Talk Abstract:
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures are common activity-related knee injuries usually requiring surgical reconstruction to restore knee stability and function. Despite decades of research to improve surgical reconstruction and physical rehabilitation, injury of the ACL dramatically increases the risk for a recurrent injury, costly and long-term disabling osteoarthritis and decreased lifelong physical activity. Current research and clinical practice tends to focus on biomechanical adaptations, that may not take into consideration, how musculoskeletal trauma effects the full spectrum of sensorimotor function. Using fMRI to assay neural control of human movement, our lab has demonstrated a cascade of neuroplasticity induced by musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation. This work connects highly dynamic measures of knee neuromuscular function with neuroimaging to generate a brain-behavior model in orthopedic medicine.
When: February 19, 3:30pm
Where: Sullivan Science Room 200
Laurienti Talk Abstract:
There are an estimated 100 billion neurons in the human brain with septillions of possible connections. If we want to understand a system this complex, we need to consider the network of connections that underlies the function of the system. Individual brain regions do not operate in isolation. Rather, all brain regions are part of a complex interconnected network. Complexity theory and network science have begun to transform our understanding of the human brain. In this presentation I will discuss how complexity science is ideal for studying the human brain. I will introduce many of the exciting tools that are now available to examine and understand complex networks. I will show how ideas from complexity and network science can be used to study the human brain. I will conclude with a discussion of future directions that may help us further understand the brain, the mind, and human thoughts and perceptions.