CIBR seminar 10.11. 2017. Hamish Innes-Brown: Optical imaging for hearing research: possibilities and possible pitfalls

  • Aika 10.11.2017 klo 13.0014.00 (Europe/Helsinki / UTC200)
  • Paikka Ag 214.1
  • Yhteyshenkilön nimi
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CIBR is happy to have Dr. Hamish Innes Brown to present his research on Functional near-infrared spectroscopy "Optical imaging for hearing research: possibilities and possible pitfalls" in CIBR-seminar on upcoming Friday. The talk will start 13.00 (sharp) in Ag 214.1. 

Hamish is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Bionics Institute in Melbourne and the Experimental Otorhinolaryngology Research Group at KU Leuven. He is interested in how the mind perceives the outside world – especially when parts of the sensory system are damaged. Currently he is working to improve the way that vital but subtle sounds are transmitted via a bionic ear to the brain. Perceiving these sounds properly is crucial for communication and function in complex social, education, and work environments. He is supported in this work by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early-Career Research Fellowship (Australia), and a University of Melbourne Early-Career Research Fellowship. He has a Bachelor of Cognitive Science (hons) from the University of Western Australia, and a PhD in neuroscience from Swinburne University.

Abstract of the talk " Optical imaging for hearing research: possibilities and possible pitfalls"

Functional near-infrared spectroscopy is a brain imaging technique that holds great promise for hearing research. It measures regionally-specific changes in the concentrations of oxygenated and deoxygenated haemoglobin in the superficial layers of cortex that are due to neural activity. Importantly for hearing research, it is non-invasive, silent, can be used in a variety of seating positions, and can be used with implanted devices such as cochlear implants. In this talk I will describe our first few years using this technology.