Advancing Neuroimaging Technology to Study Brain Dynamics

Solomon Diamond, Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering

Friday, February 21, 2014, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

Unlocking the mysteries of human brain function is one of the great challenges in the frontiers of science. My research is motivated by a desire to improve neurological health and well being by revealing new insights into brain disorders, and also by an academic passion to understand the neural mechanisms of sensory, perceptual, and cognitive processes. Neuroimaging technology plays a key role in brain research by enabling quantitative noninvasive measurement of the underlying brain dynamics. The focus of my research program is to invent the next generation of neuroimaging technologies that will accelerate brain research and ultimately improve medical care of brain disorders. In this talk I will chronicle my lab’s research advances and share my vision for the future capabilities of these emerging neuroimaging technologies.

About the Speaker

Sol Diamond is a native of Bath, New Hampshire. He received his A.B. in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College in 1997 and then a B.E. from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in 1998. He received a Ph.D. in engineering sciences from Harvard University in 2004 and completed post-doctoral training at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering where his research focuses on the development of noninvasive neuroimaging technologies to study human brain function. His work combines multiple imaging technologies to simultaneously measure neural activity and cerebral blood oxygen dynamics. Professor Diamond teaches courses at Dartmouth in Neuroengineering, Computer-Aided Design, and Solid Mechanics. He is a member of IEEE, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society for Neuroscience, and Tau Beta Pi.