MASc seminar - John Farid Hanna SaadExport this event to calendar

Monday, December 10, 2012 — 1:30 PM EST

Speaker

John Farid Hanna Saad

Title

Interactive Real Time Deep Brain Stimulation System

Abstract

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a developing therapeutic technique with a high potential to control and treat central nervous system diseases through neuromodulation. DBS utilizes through implanted electrodes inserted in the targeted brain structure. Being an emerging technology; neuromodulation introduces many challenges that are not yet comprehensively identified, characterized and resolved.

The advancement of this technique requires qualitative and quantitative perception of the brain response to electrical stimulation which is controlled by the electric field distribution within the brain tissue. This can be realized by formulating the tissue-field interaction such that we will have a better understanding of the spatial extent and the direct effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on Neurons activity.

The focus of this research is to develop a model for encoding and decoding the neuron activity in the DBS region and to address all the parameters affect this activity in order have a complete understanding of the DBS problem and to develop a brain neuron model that can be readily used in the DBS analysis. Our goal is to study the immediate direct effects of the stimulating field and examine where the beneficial effects of DBS originate since the mechanism of DBS is not yet fully understand and hence an inclusive comprehensive performance study will be done for the DBS problem.

Supervisors

Magdy Salama and Raafat Mansour

Location 
EIT building
Room 3142

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