Our cognitive neuroscience group is investigating the neural correlates of behavior and cognition in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative diseases.
We employ state-of-the-art MR imaging techniques to identify the brain regions responsible for specific cognitive processes.
An understanding of the neural correlates involved in cognitive processes informs us also what symptoms patients with neurodegenerative disorders are most likely to have when certain brain regions are affected in their disease.
Finally, these findings allow us to develop new tools and tests for neurodegenerative conditions, which will allow a better diagnosis of patients with various conditions, such as frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease.
Our group works therefore in close collaboration with clinicians at the institute, in particular Prof John Hodges and Prof Matthew Kiernan and at Sydney University, Dr Simon Lewis.
Michael Hornberger completed his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2006 at University College London (UK), which encompassed functional neuroimaging studies of cognitive processes. During his PhD he worked for 4 years at Cambridge University (UK) and the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge conducting cognitive studies in healthy individuals and dementia patients.
Since 2007 Michael has been at NeuRA continuing his cognitive neuroscience research in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative patient populations. He is particularly interested in identifying the neural correlates of behavioural and cognitive symptoms in patients. Based on these findings he is developing new diagnostic tests or tools for neurodegenerative conditions, which will improve early diagnosis of such conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Motor Neurone disease and Parkinson’s disease.
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