10 Apr BME Research Seminar – University of Manitoba – Dr. Ji Hyun Ko
Speaker: Dr. Ji Hyun Ko, PhD (University of Manitoba)
Title: What can we do with PET? Applications in Parkinson’s Disease
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Abstract: The development of positron emission tomography (PET) has offered us a unique opportunity to investigate how human brain functions non-invasively. Perhaps the biggest advantage of using PET is that one can monitor the activities of specific neurochemicals that the radiotracer is targeting. In the first half of the talk, I will provide an overview on how radioligand PET technique can be used in understanding Parkinson’s disease. In the second half of the talk, I will then talk about how network analysis with FDG-PET can be used.
Biosketch: Dr. Ko received his BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Hanyang University (Seoul, South Korea). In his senior year, he became fascinated by how neurobiological systems can be modelled and interpreted mathematically, so decided to study the brain. He completed his graduate training in Cognitive Neuroscience at McGill University (Montreal) under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Strafella and Dr. Alain Ptito. After earning his PhD, he continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow in functional brain imaging at the University of Toronto, once again under Dr. Strafella. Then, he moved to New York to join Dr. David Eidelberg’s group at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, where he trained in multivariate brain imaging analysis. In 2014, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at The University of Manitoba, where he is currently investigating brain imaging-based biomarkers and therapeutic brain stimulation.