'Quantifying brain function using fMRI: more than a BOLD approach'

Hills Building room 1.20
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Tuesday 29th January 2013 (16:00-17:00)
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For more information please contact Contact: Dr Ulrik Beierholm (u.beierholm@bham.ac.uk).

Part of the School Seminar Series

Speaker: Professor Richard Wise, CUBRIC, Cardiff University

Most functional MRI studies use blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) contrast to qualitatively map 'brain activity'. BOLD fMRI signals can be hard to interpret in studies of drug and disease effects where the underlying state of the brain can be altered. I will discuss complementary approaches to BOLD fMRI and their potential applications. I will explore measurement of cerebral blood flow and cerebrovascular function and how to put numbers to brain activity by measuring cerebral oxygen metabolism.

Host: BUIC