Head Probe for Combined Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Electroencephalography

Paolo Giacometti, Ph.D. Candidate and Research-In-Progress Winner, Thayer School of Engineering

Friday, November 4, 2011, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

Note that Paolo Giacometti's talk starts at 29:00.

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series, and is the second half of a two-part seminar by research-in-progress winners. See part one.

The objective of this research is to advance the technology used for noninvasive, simultaneous measurement of signals related to neural currents and hemodynamics in the human brain. Studies of the neurovascular relationship will bring scientific breakthroughs in our understanding of human brain physiology and in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with neurological diseases. These studies require newly engineered tools for simultaneous measurement from the human head with multiple measurement modalities. This research will produce a new noninvasive probe for concurrent measurement of neural and vascular signals related to human brain function that can be used not only in research studies, but clinically as well. This new tool is needed to support neuroimaging research that aims to advance our understanding of the relationship between neural activity and cerebral blood flow changes. Research on the neurovascular relationship will ultimately have long-term benefits to understanding the aging brain and to diagnosing neurological diseases.

About the Speaker

Paolo Giacometti is from Quito, Ecuador, where he lived until he attended Saint Anselm College in NH. As an undergraduate, he worked as a controls engineering intern at DEKA for 1.5 years, testing medical devices under development. He graduated with a BA in Applied Physics and a minor in Computational Physical Science. He is currently a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate at Thayer School. He works with Dr. Solomon Diamond's multimodal neuroimaging lab.