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Measuring Brain Networks in Epilepsy

Primary Investigators:
Victoria Morgan
 
Brief Description of Project:
This project involves the development of innovative functional and structural network measures in the brain using MRI. Our goal is to develop measures to understand how seizures affect these networks and how we can use this information to inform invasive treatments such as surgical resection and brain stimulation. The project will involve mostly MATLAB (or similar) programming, but will include participation in clinical case conferences and collaboration with physicians.

Desired Qualifications:
Some experience in MATLAB programming
 
Nature of Supervision:
The student will work directly with Dr. Morgan. In addition, they will be assisted by postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research assistants for all aspects of the project. The student will also work with neurologists and neurosurgeons who treat these patients. If a remote experience is required, students will meet virtually with lab members and attend virtual clinical conferences. 

A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Weeks 1 - 2 Orientation to the MRI network methods and clinical challenges we hope to address
Weeks 3 - 6 Compute network connectivity measures in large cohort of patients and healthy controls
Weeks 7 - 8 Compare to clinical variables and treatment outcomes and iterate on methods
Weeks 9 - 10 Prepare poster and summarize results 

Number of Open Slots: 2
 
Contact Information:
Name: Victoria Morgan
Department: Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Email: victoria.morgan@vanderbilt.edu