17 Sep UW-Madison College of Engineering: Hai lands NIH grant to use new brain sensors to study epileptic seizures
Epilepsy devastates the nervous system by triggering changes in different anatomical regions and functional processes across the entire brain. These changes are collectively implicated in the degradation of cognition, but their emergence and progression are not easily traced.
Through a new four-year, $700,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Aviad Hai, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his team will leverage their newly developed brain imaging sensors and apply them to study the cross-regional manifestations of brain seizures in epilepsy.
By taking advantage of wireless electromagnetic sensors for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the project will combine the three-dimensional capabilities of fMRI with the specificity of implantable sensors that detect electrical brain activity directly.
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