CHBH Seminar Series: Dr Lukas Rier

Location
52 Pritchatts Road - Lecture Theatre 1 (G16), Zoom
Dates
Friday 13 January 2023 (13:00-14:00)
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Please note this Seminar was originally scheduled for Thursday 24th November 13:00-14:00 but has been rescheduled to avoid University strike action.

This seminar is free to attend and is open to all, both within and outside the University. Feel free to come along to the location above if you wish to attend in person, if you wish to attend on Zoom, please register your interest to attend online using the link above.

We are delighted to announce that the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH) will welcome Dr Lukas Rier, Research Fellow at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University of Nottingham, to present a hybrid CHBH Seminar, taking place on Friday, 13th January, 13:00-14:00. Attendance is possible either in person in 52 Prichatts Road room G16 (Lecture Theatre 1), or by registering to attend on Zoom online via the link above. 

Dr Rier's Twitter handle is @LukasRier and he can be contacted on lukas.rier@nottingham.ac.uk.

The hour after the seminar, 14:00-15:00, is reserved for optional informal discussion with the speaker and host, all are welcome to attend.

To arrange a 1:1 meeting with speaker, please contact us if you wish to meet them in person, or state your interest when registering to attend online for the seminar via the link above.

CHBH Event Host
Dr Tara Ghafari

Finding markers of mild Traumatic Brain Injury using Magnetoencephalography

Abstract

In the UK today, a person with a head injury is admitted to hospital every three minutes a majority of which are diagnosed with mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). A minority of these patients suffer from persistent, post-concussive symptoms and can experience chronic, life-long deficits, however, given its high incidence, mTBI is recognised as a ‘silent epidemic’ and a serious public health concern. Especially since the mechanisms underlying any long-term sequelae are not well understood, objective means of diagnosis and prognosis are needed. Here, magnetoencephalography (MEG) has shown some promise.

In this talk I will discuss a) low-frequency oscillations in the delta band (1-4 Hz), and b) less ‘classical’ measures of activity and functional connectivity based on transient bursts, and report on their effectiveness in detecting abnormal neurophysiology in subjects with mTBI in the acute and subacute stages of injury.

Speaker Biography

Lukas Rier graduated with an MSci in Physics in 2018 and subsequently completed his PhD in Physics, both at the University of Nottingham. His doctoral work, conducted at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, focussed on the application of conventional magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 7T to the study of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), as well as the investigation of a wearable MEG system based on optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs). His post-doctoral research involves further optimisation of OPM-MEG to tackle the challenges of scanning children in particular.

This seminar is free to attend and is open to all, both within and outside the University. Feel free to come along to the location above if you wish to attend in person, if you wish to attend on Zoom, please register your interest to attend online using the link above.

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