Navigation Links
Developing unique brain maps to assist surgery and research
Date:6/16/2008

Researchers from the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne are developing new technology to create individualised brain maps that will revolutionise diagnosis of disease and enhance the accuracy of brain surgery.

Currently researchers and neurosurgeons rely on coarse maps of the brain's structure that are based on a small number of individuals' brains after death. These maps do not allow for differences that can occur between people's brains.

The new brain mapping technology will be created by developing acquisition and analysis processes and software that will provide microscopic level investigation of individual brains.

The Florey researchers are contributing neuroscience, engineering and mathematical expertise to this project, whilst collaborators from the Neuroscience Research Institute in South Korea are providing the equipment.

It is hoped this technology will become widely available in the next two to three years.

Leader of the Neuroimaging group at the Howard Florey Institute, A/Prof Gary Egan, said his group was using one of the most powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners in the world an ultra-high field 7 Tesla to help develop the new brain mapping technology.

"Microscopic images inside the living brain will transform diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease," A/Prof Egan said.

"This technology will allow us to look at cortical grey matter and underlying white matter at a level previously only seen before in post-mortem brains.

"Current MRI techniques cannot show specific organisation and functional patterns in the living brain.

"For example, developmental neuronal migration defects are known to cause epilepsy, but they cannot be seen with existing MRI technology.

"Ultra-high resolution imaging will allow scientists and doctors to clearly see defects in the brain and develop therapeutic strategies to address these problems," he said.

Unfortunately, Australia does not have a 7 Tesla scanner, which is why the Howard Florey Institute and University of Melbourne scientists are collaborating with the Neuroscience Research Institute in South Korea, who own the only high resolution 7 Tesla scanner in the Asia Pacific region.

The most powerful scanners in Australia are 3 Tesla, which are accessed by the Florey scientists for other research projects.

A/Prof Egan said he hoped a 7 Tesla scanner would very soon be located in Australia as neuroimaging can assist research into all brain and mind disorders.

"Having an ultra-high field 7 Tesla in Australia would allow us to accelerate our research, which would benefit the three million Australians who experience a major episode of brain disorder every year," he added.

This research will be presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping, which opened yesterday in Melbourne. This conference, supported by the Howard Florey Institute, will see the world's neuroimaging experts share their latest research and develop new collaborations.


'/>"/>

Contact: Merrin Rafferty
merrin.rafferty@florey.edu.au
61-383-441-658
Research Australia
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. X-rays often repeated for patients in developing countries
2. Fortune 500s to Convene in Florida, Sharing Insights & Best Practices for Developing Tomorrows Leaders
3. Hypertension Takes Huge Toll in Developing Countries
4. Developing roadmaps for enhancing the professional culture of medical schools
5. Xceed Molecular Signs University of Florida to Strategic Collaborator Program; Focus on Developing New Molecular Test to Diagnose Early-Stage Bladder Cancer
6. Dubai Cares Announces 12 Country Plan to Educate and Empower Children in Developing Nations
7. Worldwide Pharmaceutical Industry Launches Global Health Progress Initiative to Expand Efforts to Improve Health in Developing Countries
8. Antipsychotic drugs increase risk of developing pneumonia in elderly
9. Developing cancer treatments directed at critical developmental pathway
10. Forgotten diseases key to lifting developing world from poverty, destitution and despair
11. Research Shows Patients With Psoriasis at Increased Risk for Developing Other Serious Medical Conditions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... While EHR ... Medical has introduced an innovative workstation designed to reduce nursing fatigue while enhancing ... Mobile EHR Workstation offers a lightweight, highly mobile, multi-functional alternative to the limitations ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... (ISTS) brings its educational assistance management solution to the exhibit floor for the ... in Orlando, Fla. , From Feb. 19–23, 2017, more than 40,000 healthcare ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... to Prevent a Warning Letter, **An FDAnews Webinar**, Feb. 23, 2017 — 1:30 ... manufacturers distinguish between corrective action (CA) and preventive action (PA)? , The methods ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Program will serve more than ... the U.S. Soccer Foundation announced today that they have awarded nine grants to ... the Foundation’s soccer mentoring program, teaches kids the fundamentals of soccer while striving ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... Officer, George Rogers, was named to Staffing Industry Analysts' 2017 "Staffing 100 North ... those who have made notable contributions to the staffing industry over the last ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/17/2017)... Feb. 17, 2017  BioDigital, Inc., creators of ... of their 3D body mapping technology with eClinicalWorks, ... new integration will be used to capture and ... of the human body. BioDigital pilots show using ... while also increasing the precision of clinical annotations ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... Feb. 16, 2017 Research and Markets ... Emerging Medical Device Technologies" report to their offering. ... Traditional ... procedures, general instruments, non-drug coated implantables, large endoscopes, needle based ... use over the last two to three decades for the ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... MISSISSAUGA, Ontario , Feb. 16, 2017  Aralez ... a global specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that executive ... Healthcare Conference to be held February 22-23, 2017. ... overview of the Company at 1:35 p.m. local time ... webcast and audio archive for the event may be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: