We have the following vacancies (May 2012):
Why assess newborn brain function?
There are many ways that brain injury can be sustained around the time of birth, which can have lifelong consequences for the individual, their family, and society as a whole. It is important to identify early which brain functions are impacted, so that care and intervention can be provided in the critical developmental time window when they are most effective.
What does the project aim to produce?
We aim to produce new technology for fMRI in neonates, and auditory stimulation protocols to probe critical brain functions.
Where is it based?
The team will join the Brain and Mind Institute – a 22 000 sq. foot facility at the heart of Western University’s leafy campus that opened in January 2011 to bring together scientists for an intensive program of research. Western University is located in London, Ontario, Canada.
What technology will I have access to?
Neuroimaging will take place at the state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Children’s Hospital (LHSC) and the Robart’s Research Institute (equipped with four MRI scanners). Data from MRI will be integrated with that from other modalities (Ultrasound, NIRS, EEG, eye-tracking).
Where does the funding come from?
It received highly competitive funding as an NSERC Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP).
Who is on the team?
The project is bringing together a fantastic team of scientists and clinicians. In the words of our grant reviewers “The range of specialties covered is very appropriate and the applicants are all clearly experts and leaders in their field”.
Rhodri Cusack (PI) – Brain and Mind Institute, Western University
Mark Daley – Department of Computer Science, Western University
Neil Gelman – Lawson Health Research Institute
Victor Han – Children’s Hospital, LHSC
David Lee – Dept. of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University
Simon Levin - Children’s Hospital, LHSC
Jeff Orchard - Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Adrian Owen - Brain and Mind Institute, Western University
Sandrine de Ribaupierre – LHSC, Clinical Neurological Sciences, Western University
Terry Thompson – Lawson Health Research Institute