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Motor Impairment

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Staff, students, visitors and colleagues

A number of staff at NeuRA are part of the core of the Program.
This includes:
Dr Annie BUTLER (a.butler@neura.edu.au)
Dr Martin HÉROUX (m.heroux@neura.edu.au)
Dr Phu HOANG (p.hoang@neura.edu.au)
Dr Jasmine MENANT (j.menant@neura.edu.au)
Dr Daina STURNIEKS (d.sturnieks@neura.edu.au)

A number of doctoral and other students are part of the Program.
This includes:
Joana CAETANO (j.caetano@neura.edu.au)
Siobhan FITZPATRICK (s.fitzpatrick@neura.edu.au)
David KENNEDY (d.kennedy@neura.edu.au)
James MCLAUGHLIN (james.mcloughlin@flinders.edu.au)
James NUZZO (j.nuzzo@neura.edu.au)
Daniel SCHOENE (d.schoene@neura.edu.au)
Trinidad VALENZUELA (t.valenzuela@neura.edu.au)

We are also being joined by a number of key visitors, collaborators and other contributors.
This includes:
Bart BOLSTERLEE, PhD student from the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (to April 2014)
Joanna DIONG, Lecturer, University of Sydney (January 2014 on)
Andreas EJUPI, PhD student from Austrian University of Technology, Austria (January to May 2014)
Graham KERR, Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (January 2014 on)
Yves GSCHWIND, post-doctoral researcher from University Hospital Basel and University of Basel, Switzerland (January to October 2014)
Hiske VAN DUINEN, post-doctoral researcher from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (January to March 2014)
Leah BENT, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, Canada (February to June 2014)

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Caress the Detail: A Comprehensive MRI Atlas of the in Vivo Human Brain

This project aims to deliver the most comprehensive, detailed and stereotaxically accurate MRI atlas of the canonical human brain. In human neuroscience, researchers and clinicians almost always investigate images obtained from living individuals. Yet, there is no satisfactory MRI atlas of the human brain in vivo or post-mortem. There are some population-based atlases, which valiantly solve a number of problems, but they fail to address major needs. Most problematically, they segment only a small number of brain structures, typically about 50, and they are of limited value for the interpretation of a single subject/patient. In contrast to population-based approaches, the present project will investigate normal, living subjects in detail. We aim to define approximately 800 structures, as in the histological atlas of Mai, Majtanik and Paxinos (2016), and, thus, provide a “gold standard” for science and clinical practice. We will do this by obtaining high-resolution MRI at 3T and 7T of twelve subjects through a collaboration with Markus Barth from the Centre for Advanced Imaging at the University of Queensland (UQ). The limited number of subjects will allow us to image each for longer periods, obtaining higher resolution and contrast, and to invest the required time to produce unprecedented detail in segmentation. We will produce an electronic atlas for interpreting MR images, both as a tablet application and as an online web service. The tablet application will provide a convenient and powerful exegesis of brain anatomy for researchers and clinicians. The open access web service will additionally provide images, segmentation and anatomical templates to be used with most common MR-analysis packages (e.g., SPM, FSL, MINC, BrainVoyager). This will be hosted in collaboration with UQ, supporting and complementing their population-based atlas.
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