Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind Lecture Series: Precision modelling of individual cortical organisation and its links with cognition and neuropsychiatric disease


Dr Emma C. Robinson presents, "Precision modelling of individual cortical organisation and its links with cognition and neuropsychiatric disease".

Registration available here.

Speaker: Emma C. Robinson, Ph.D.

Kings College London, London, UK

Abstract: The human cerebral cortex is a complex structure, responsible for higher-order cognitive function, and implicated in a broad range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Studying its involvement health and disease is challenging since it varies across individuals in ways that break the assumptions topology-preserving, image registration techniques. As a result, subtle signatures of cognition and behaviour tend to get lost in the misalignment noise. In this talk, I will discuss techiniques for overcoming these challenges by incorporating explicit models of cortical heterogenity throughout the analysis pipeline. I will show examples of utilising deep learning as a registration independent tool for modelling cortical variation and will demonstrate some efforts towards propagating the Human Connectome Project cortical parcellation towards new datasets.

Bio: Emma Robinson is a lecturer (Ass. Prof) working in the Biomedical Engineering Department of Kings College London. She is probably best known for the development of Multimodal Surface Matching (MSM) the cortical surface registration tool adopted by the (Developing) Human Connectome Projects. Prior to taking up her position at KCL she worked at Imperial College and FMRIB (The University of Oxford). Her current work focuses on the use of volumetric and surface deep learning to better map topographic variability of cortical organisation, spatio-temporal cortical functional dynamics and predict subject-specific trajectories of neurological disease.

The Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind (VBM) Seminar Series will advance the vision of Dr. William Feindel (1918–2014), Former Director of the Neuro (1972–1984), to constantly bridge the clinical and research realms. The talks will highlight the latest advances and discoveries in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging.

Speakers will include scientists from across The Neuro, as well as colleagues and collaborators locally and from around the world. The series is intended to provide a virtual forum for scientists and trainees to continue to foster interdisciplinary exchanges on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of brain and cognitive disorders.

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Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital
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