Centre for Brain Research seminar: Investigating brain biochemistry and metabolism Event as iCalendar

04 November 2013

4 - 5pm

Venue: Seminar Room 501-505, Building 501, 85 Park Road, Grafton

Speaker : Assistant Professor Silvia Mangia, Department of Radiology at the University of Minnesota

Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS) allows the non-invasive measurement of metabolite concentrations in health and disease. Using ultra-high magnetic fields up to 7 T, we have measured the concentrations of multiple metabolites in the brain with unprecedented sensitivity and temporal resolution in the human primary visual cortex during visual stimulation. Functional MRS studies are critical not only for our basic understanding of overall brain function but also for the understanding and monitoring of those brain disorders which originate from an improper balance between neuronal excitation and inhibition, like schizophrenia, epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease.