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In cooperation with the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn (DZNE), our research group now has access to ultrahigh field magnetic resonance imaging!

Instead of using an MRI scanner with a magnetic field strength of 3 Tesla, we can now acquire data with a 7 Tesla scanner. The main advantage of this is generating images with higher spatial resolution. Moreover, the Translational Neuroimaging Lab is currently working with MRI physicists at the DZNE to pilot participants and optimize scanner sequences for given regions of interest. In many cases the origin of epilepsy could not be found with a common MRI scanner, but hopefully using the 7 Tesla scanner will give us new insights about patients with epileptic seizures. We are so excited for the results!

From November 1st to 5th, our team met at the conference "Neurowoche 2022" organized by the German Society for Neurology (DGN) in Berlin. Among interesting presentations and posters, we also practiced at exciting workshops and learned a lot about clinical techniques, e.g. sonography and FEES. Moreover, Theodor gave a talk about our work and studies on AI-based FCD detection. To put it in a nutshell, the conference was a great opportunity to strengthen our relationships with German neurologists and to discover the vivid nightlife of Berlin.

Anna Minarik joined our team this August! She completed her Bachelor’s of Honours Neuroscience degree at Dalhousie University in Canada. Her honours project was completed under the supervision of Dr. Alon Friedman, who is one of our collaborators. Both Anna and Theodor were part of Dr. Friedman’s team that traveled to Zambia this Spring.

She is now working in our lab, where she is working on the study: fMRI olfactory response in the isolated hemisphere of patients who underwent hemispherotomy

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