This week on Grad Chat: Allen Champagne: Neuroscience (MSc Candidate) supervised by Dr DJ Cook
Research Topic: The use of diffusion tensor imaging and cutting edge robotics (KINARM) as biomarkers during both acute and recovery phases following sport-related concussions in varsity athletes.
Overview of research: Concussive injuries may alter the integrity of the connections in the brain, specifically in what is known as the white matter. Such dynamic changes in the microstructural integrity of the white matter can be examined quantitatively using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which maps the diffusion process of water molecules in biological tissues. The aim of this project is to use tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) and tractography to study abnormal patterns of diffusion in white matter tracts responsible for cognitive and sensorimotor functions following sport-related concussions. Data collected from concussed varsity athletes scanned at four time points post-injury (72 hours,