I am a psychologist with a special interest in epilepsy. After my bachelor's degree in Psychological sciences I started an MSc in cognitive neuroscience where I approached the subject of epilepsy for the first time.
My main interest concerns mapping brain networks using a very advanced technique called simultaneous intracranial EEG-fMRI. My expertise extends to applying simultaneous EEG-fMRI in children and adults with focal epilepsy to identify the epileptogenic zone. The aim is to improve the pre-surgical evaluation process using general linear modelling and source localisation. I like to think that what I am researching will lead to improved clinical practices.
During this experience I have learnt the importance of translational research and of the strong collaboration between university and hospital. This translational approach drove my decision in applying for the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) studentship.
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, join Birkbeck and University College London, University of London
BA Psychological Science and Techniques, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
2011 Research assistant, Neurosciences Unit (Institute of Child Health), Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy (Institute of Neurology), University College London.
Investigation of brain networks in Absence Epilepsy and Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy before and after treatment using simultaneous video-electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
My PhD aims to understand the brain's network mechanisms and underlying structural changes not yet explored in drug naïve patients diagnosed with idiopathic generalised epilepsy together with their interaction with medication.
This project was built between me and my supervisors’ interests. We wanted to start a project able to provide new information in a population of patients which lacks of knowledge regarding mechanisms of treatment outcome. We wanted to understand differences and similarities between patients responding or not to treatment which is clinically implemented for them. Imaging the brain has been the best option for us to detect structural and functional information accordingly with the research theme number 5 of the BRC/U.
Additional information about my project can be found on this three-minute video.
Dr David Carmichael and Professor Helen Cross