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Education: I completed my graduate degree at the Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, after which I pursued my postdoctoral work in stroke recovery at the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory, Northwestern University. Before moving to the University of Arizona, I conducted language and neuroimaging research with Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and fMRI at the Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto.

 

Research: My research examines cognitive and neural factors which affect language functions, and how these change across life-span and are influenced by stroke, brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders. In my work, I use combination of cognitive measures and multimodal neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG/ERPs, and MEG). I am also interested in recovery of function, and treatment approaches involving speech-language therapy in combination with noninvasive brain stimulation techniques.

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   The call for the Research Topic Oscillatory Brain Activity as a Marker of Brain Function and Dysfunction in Aging and in Neurodegenerative Disorders is open and we invite the experts in the field to submit their research in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 

About this Research Topic:

The aim of this topic is to gain a deeper understanding of healthy and pathological aging-related oscillatory brain activity. Topics encompassing the neurobiological processes, the timing (onset and offset of slowing), the involvement of specific brain regions and their connections underlying oscillatory brain activity in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative disorders will be considered. The special issue will consider studies involving neurodegenerative disorders that focus on oscillatory brain activity to aid early diagnosis, measure cognitive and functional impairment severity and/or treatment effectiveness. Studies involving healthy aging both as a primary topic-of-interest or as a comparison to evaluate normal vs. abnormal oscillatory activity are also of interest. The neurodegenerative disorders of interest include, but are not limited to, Alzheimer’s Disorder, fronto-temporal dementias including Primary Progressive Aphasia, MCI, and Parkinson’s disease. The studies are expected to be based on neuroimaging techniques including, but not limited to, electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). The neuromodulation studies using behavioral interventions and transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) that are within the scope of this topic are also welcome.

In this Research Topic, we welcome the submission of original research, case-studies, reviews, meta-analyses, methodological, and theoretical articles.

Subtopics of interest include:

  • Oscillatory activity associated with healthy and pathological ageing and neurodegeneration
  • Relationship between spontaneous and task-related oscillatory activity in healthy and pathological ageing
  • Changes in oscillatory activity associated with asymptomatic, early vs. more advanced cognitive and motor symptoms
  • Resting state and task related neural dynamics as early markers of neurodegeneration
  • Relationship between oscillatory activity and structural changes (e.g., gray matter and white matter atrophy and disconnection)
  • Role of brain oscillations in modulating short and long-range functional connectivity
  • Modulation of oscillatory power as a marker of neuronal and/or synaptic loss or dysfunction.
  • Changes of oscillatory activity related to intervention in healthy and pathological ageing
  • Modulation of oscillatory activity, brain networks and cognitive performance

 

Key words: brain oscillations, neurodegenerative disorders, ageing, resting-state, connectivity, cognitive performance

Please, visit this website for more information on this Research Topic: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/18591/oscillatory-brain-activity-as-a-marker-of-brain-function-and-dysfunction-in-aging-and-in-neurodegene