Lesion-symptom mapping using motion-tracking: How neural trauma impacts motor function
Ravi Vaidyanathan (Mechanical Engineering)
Paul Bentley (Medicine)
Alison McGregor (Surgery & Cancer)
The neural basis of movement is a fundamental question in systems neuroscience and to treat disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, etc. Relationships between brain anatomy and motor function, however, remain unknown.
The dissertation will contribute to this gap by mapping sites of brain trauma to arm and arm/hand control. Novel instrumentation will be designed to extract features of motion and muscle activity in stroke patients to correlate brain lesion location to its resulting impact on movement.
It will advance knowledge in micro-instrumentation, signal analysis, and brain mapping to answer fundamental questions in neuroanatomy and human movement.