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Neuroimaging and Stimulation for Rehabilitation Part 1: Brain Imaging

presented by Michael Borich

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This course will highlight our current understanding of how advanced brain imaging methods are changing our understanding of how the brain works in both heath and disease. The course will first provide an introduction into current brain imaging methods used both clinically and in research. Next, the ability to characterize brain structure and function will be discussed. Finally, how these techniques are used to evaluate neuroplastic capacity of the brain will be summarized and the relevance to rehabilitation will be highlighted.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Michael Borich, DPT, PhD

    Dr. Michael Borich is an assistant professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine. He has a secondary appointment in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint Emory/Georgia Tech department, and also in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech. Dr. Borich is keenly interested in understanding and harnessing the plastic capacity of the human nervous system in health and disease in an effort to improve rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with neurologic injury and disease. He received both his bachelor’s degree in physiology and his doctor of physical therapy from the University of Minnesota. After finishing his PhD training in rehabilitation science and neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Borich completed a postdoctoral research training using neurostimulation and neuroimaging techniques to elucidate biomarkers of recovery after stroke and mild traumatic brain injury at the University of British Columbia. He joined the Division of Physical Therapy at Emory in 2014. His previous clinical experience centers on rehabilitation from acute neurologic insult and major multiple trauma. Dr. Borich currently directs the Neural Plasticity Research Lab at Emory, a trans-disciplinary research and training environment generously supported by multiple funding agencies. His research team utilizes multimodal neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques to characterize and modulate the structural and functional neuroplastic correlates of learning and recovery of function following neurologic insult.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction to Human Brain Imaging

    1. Introduction to Human Brain Imaging

    A basic introduction to common clinical and research brain imaging approaches will be provided. The major strengths and shortcomings of specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) techniques will be highlighted.

  2. Imaging Human Brain Structure

    2. Imaging Human Brain Structure

    This chapter will focus on how MRI techniques can evaluate structure of different tissue types in the human brain. Content will emphasize cutting-edge imaging approaches that are redefining how we understand structural plasticity associated with skill learning.

  3. Imaging Human Brain Function

    3. Imaging Human Brain Function

    This chapter will focus on how MRI techniques can evaluate the function of discrete and connected regions in the human brain. Content will emphasize cutting-edge imaging approaches that are redefining how we understand functional plasticity associated with skill learning.