Dear Café Scientifiquers, our next café will happen on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger’s Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Robert Tarzwell, from the Department of Psychiatry at UBC.

Functional Brain Imaging in Psychiatric Disorders – Current Uses and Future Directions

Functional brain imaging seeks to detect and map specific activity happening within the brain, such as changes in blood flow, metabolic activity, or neurotransmitter levels within the whole brain or specific areas of interest. Currently, functional imaging has a role in the diagnosis of dementia, and localizing the focus of seizures. Emerging roles with good evidence include traumatic brain injury. On the wild frontier, Robert’s work includes the use of deep learning models to analyze large datasets of brain images in the hunt for biomarkers of psychiatric disorders.


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