Ashley Harris, PhDPhD in Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering Unversity of Calgary, Canada
Areas of Research
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides a non-invasive method to examine the brain; including its tissue characteristics, white matter connections, functional activation, and functional connectivity. Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) is a complementary method to examine neurochemistry. Of particular interest is the neurometabolite GABA, the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. While GABA is present in the 1H-MRS spectrum, its resolution requires specialized methods. I work on the development of GABA-MRS as well as MRS and MRI applications to understand brain physiology and pathophysiology. In the past I have examined Autism spectrum disorder, complex motor stereotypies, stroke and am currently interested in healthy development and aging, traumatic brain injury, neurodegeneration, cerebral palsy, pain and migraine.
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I am looking for students who are interested in applying imaging to understand the healthy brain and clinical conditions. I am also looking for candidates with technical backgrounds (e.g., engineering) who are interested in the development of MRS methods. This candidate would likely enroll in a Biomedical Engineering graduate program.
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