Mapping the effects of transcranial electrical stimulation on brain function using fMRI

12:00pm-1:00pm, Mar 4, 2019

Room 3402ABC, third floor, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Off-cycle talk
Dr. Ines Violante, University of Surrey (UK)

Electrical brain stimulation is a key technique in research and clinical neuroscience studies because it can provide causal relationships between brain and behaviour and offers the possibility of manipulating abnormal brain dynamics. I will discuss our recent work showing that fMRI can provide meaningful information regarding how brain networks are affected by transcranial brain stimulation. I will discuss the importance of combining multimodal approaches to reveal insights about the mechanisms associated with cognitive functions in humans, and to develop clinical tools to target dysfunctional brain dynamics occurring as a result of brain pathologies. 


Ines is a Lecturer at the University of Surrey investigating the use of brain stimulation to target the function of large-scale networks that sustain cognitive functions. Ines has a background in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She was a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at Imperial College London and University College London prior to starting her research at Surrey.