DATE: March 4th, 5:00 pm
Dr. Kâmil Uludağ
University of Toronto
“Advanced Human Brain Imaging at 3 and 7 Tesla”
Abstract: Ultra high-field MRI has, in the last years, rapidly grown from a niche technology primarily used by MRI physicist and engineers, to a widely used imaging approach to study brain structure and cognitive function. In the first part of my talk, I will describe experiments and theoretical models to investigate the hemodynamic response underlying the fMRI signal and to derive brain functional connectivity. In the second part of my talk, I will focus on MRI method developments for anatomical and functional MRI at 7 Tesla, in particular on: a) MRI sequences and studies for high-resolution functional MRI; and b) quantitative anatomical imaging (T1 and T2*), allowing for accurate longitudinal studies and inter-subject comparison beyond the limits of standard qualitative approaches. In addition, I will present advanced clinical and basic neuroscience applications (e.g. MELAS, type-II Diabetes, motor symptoms & DBS, Alzheimer's Disease).
About the Speaker: Dr. Kâmil Uludağ studied from 1992 till 1997 Physics at the Technical University of Berlin. He completed his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 on Near-Infrared Optical Spectroscopy (Humboldt University, Berlin) and moved for a postdoc position to the Center for Functional MRI (UCSD, San Diego, USA) to work on the physiological and physical basis of functional MRI. In 2004, he was appointed Head of Human Brain Imaging group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen. From June 2010 to December 2018, he was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience continuing his work on the basis of fMRI utilizing the new Ultra-High Field human MRI scanners (7 and 9.4 Tesla). Since May 2019, he is Full Professor at the Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto.