There is a clear lack of modern, detailed neural atlases that can be used within the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): this is the wake-up call for neuroscientists voiced by Birte Forstmann in her inaugural lecture.
Exploring and mapping the human subcortex (terra incognita) requires a concerted approach that combines different research disciplines, including post-mortem analysis. In her lecture, Forstmann focuses on the potential of ultra-high field MRI technologies in this regard. These new initiatives have a direct relevance for clinical neuroscience because they help determine the optimal placement for the electrodes used during deep brain stimulation (DBS). This technique is used to treat the motor symptoms that occur in conditions including Parkinson’s disease, and in treatments for psychiatric conditions. Forstmann illustrates how the synergy between the different neuroscience disciplines can help the field as a whole to advance.
B.U. Forstmann, professor of Neuroimaging in Cognitive Science: Discovering Terra Incognita with Ultra-High Field MRI.
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