Sponsored by the UCLA Brain Mapping Center Faculty
The focus of these talks is on advancing the use of brain mapping methods in neuroscience with an emphasis on contemporary issues of neuroplasticity, neurodevelopment, and biomarker development in neuropsychiatric disease.
Hosted By: Danny Wang, Ph.D., Neurology, UCLA
|Vincent P. Clark, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Psychology Clinical Neuroscience Center
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Through a series of technical advances, neuroimaging has made many significant contributions to our understanding of normal human brain function, and the differences associated with brain and mental illness. However, these mainly correlational methods can only be used to infer causal relationships. Other interventional methods must be used to prove or disprove causal relationships. Also, these advances in imaging methods have not turned into direct benefits for patients in many cases, due to a variety of factors. Recent studies have reported that neurostimulation can reduce some symptoms of brain and mental illness and may offer new methods of treatment if safe, effective protocols can be developed. The combination of neuroimaging and neurostimulation together may provide a variety of benefits: improving the efficacy of neurostimulation, gaining a greater understanding of the mechanisms of neurostimulation, offering new methods to test causal hypotheses generated by imaging studies and ultimately providing new neurostimulation-based methods of treatment for brain and mental illness. Dr. Clark will discuss some proof-of-principle examples for the combined application of neuroimaging and neurostimulation and his vision for the future of this area of research.