The Academy, in cooperation with Juelich Research Center, (Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)), hosted on Monday 13 January 2020, a scientific symposium on “Functional Connectivity of the human brain using magnetic resonance imaging fMRI”, presented by Hassan Sbaihat who got a Palestinian German Science Bridge PGSB scholarship in 2017, the researcher at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine-4 INM-4 (Medical Imaging Physics), under the supervision of Prof. Irene Neuner from INM-4 at FZJ and Dr. Abed Al-Nasser Assi from Allied Medical Sciences/ Medical Imaging Department at AAUP
This Seminar was attended by academics, researchers, and interested students from various Palestinian universities to explore the mechanism of fMRI connectivity.
The seminar was about the functional connectivity of the human brain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), where he mentioned the types of medical imaging in general, followed by the physical and technical aspects have been discussed. Also, he explained how to acquire and analyze the functional MRI images, as well as the methods which are used in neuroscience that includes how to obtain the activation in human brain under a specific task within a specific paradigm, and how the brain regions are connected functionally with each other’s under different brain conditions.
The human brain is a complex system that consists of different brain networks such as default mode network (DMN), central executive network (CEN), and salience network (SN). These brain networks could be identified using independent component analysis to help in the detection of neurological and psychological diseases without using traditional methods. Such methods facilitate the diagnosis of brain-related diseases in children and the elderly.
The researcher, Hassan Sabihat, concluded the seminar with the importance of implementing these methods in the Palestinian medical care, using the local capabilities, and encouraging attendees from different Palestinian universities to engage in the PGSB program.
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