Decision Systems Seminar: An Introduction to Functional MRI and Its Clinical and Research Applications.”

Leslie Baxter, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Program Manager, Human Brain Imagining Lab at the Barrow Neurological Institute

Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Brickyard BYENG 420

“An Introduction to Functional MRI and Its Clinical and Research Applications”


Abstract: Noninvasive brain mapping of functional networks can be achieved through functional MRI.  THis talk is aimed to provide a basica overview of the fMRI technique, from the perspective of neuropsychology, which focuses on the brain-behavior relationship and how this relationship is altered in neurological disorders.  Clinical and research applications of fMRI will be compared and contrasted.  White matter assessment, using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) which provides information regarding the integrity of neural connections, and how this is integrated with fMRI, will also be discussed.

Bio: Dr. Baxter is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Program Manager of the Human Brain Imaging Lab at the Barrow Neurological Institute.  Dr. Baxter’s interests focus on the brain-behavior relationship in a number of neurological conditions.  She explores neuro-imaging correlates of change in aging and Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and other disorders.  She is the Principal Investigator at BNI for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium.. As a clinician, she performs pre-surgical mapping for patients with brain tumors, aneurysms and other neurosurgical patients, not only at Barrow, but also for Mayo Clinic Arizona.