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Salman Ul Hassan Dar defended his thesis on Aug 2, 2016. His thesis title was 'Inter-regional connectivity in the human brain during visual search'. The focus of this work was on the inter-regional functional and effective connectivity in the human brain during natural visual search tasks.  His thesis defense committee was composed of Dr. Fatoş Yarman Vural (Middle East Technical University), Dr. Emine Ülkü Sarıtaş (Bilkent University) and Dr. Tolga Çukur (Bilkent University). His thesis adviser was Dr. Tolga Çukur. Salman will continue as a PhD student with Dr. Tolga Çukur.

full-duplex architectureMaryam Salim defended her MS thesis on May 25, 2016. Her thesis title was "Full-Duplex MRI for Zero TE Imaging." Her overall aim was to adapt the new full-duplex telecommunication technology, to the field of magnetic resonance imaging. The overall aim was to acquire MRI data while exciting the spins with an RF pulse. Maryam will continue her studies in USA in the field of electromagnetics.

Zeynep Yildirim (Graduate Researcher at UMRAM) successfully defended her MS thesis titled “Changes in fMRI resting state networks due to audiovisual induced effects on visual motion perception”. Her thesis committee members were Hulusi Kafaligonul (Advisor, Bilkent University), Aaron Clarke (Bilkent University), and Nihal Apaydin (Ankara University). She has also become the first graduate of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at Bilkent University.

A new study by Zahide Pamir and Huseyin Boyacı has been published in Vision Research. In this study, it is shown that perceived contrast is affected by context-dependent lightness of equiluminant backgrounds. More specifically, when identical gratings are superimposed on equiluminant backgrounds, the one on the perceived-lighter background appeared to have higher contrast. Results showed that perceived contrast is not driven only by the localized features of a retinal image, instead visual system uses lightness information to determine perceived contrast. Click here for the full article.

UMRAM is partnering with ASELSAN to develop novel imaging technologies for Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI), together with German partners University of Lübeck and Nano4Imaging. This Turkish-German 2+2 collaborative project was chosen as one of the 9 projects to be funded (out of 130 applications), after scientific evaluations by both countries. The 3-year project will be funded by TUBITAK on the Turkish side and by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on the German side. The main goal of the project is to develop MPI as a rapid and safe interventional imaging technique. The principal investigator of the project at Bilkent is Asst. Prof. Emine Ulku Saritas. 

This project was recently publicized in the Turkish news agencies. See, for example, this link

Recently Demir Research Group has published a paper in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Journal. This study reports Mn−Fe heterodoped ZnSe tetrapod nanocrystals (NCs) synthesized to synergistically enhance contrast in both T1- and T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The proposed NCs were prepared using a customized heteroarchitecture such that the manganese (Mn) is confined in the core and iron (Fe) in the branches of the tetrapods.

"Colloidal Nanoparticles as dual-modal contrast age for MRI" from Demir Research Group recently has been published in Nanoscale Journal. This work reports the first study of highly monodisperse and crystalline iron oxide nanocubes with sub-nm controlled size distribution (9.7 ± 0.5 nm in size) that achieve simultaneous contrast enhancement in both T1- and T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).