Brain cortical thickness evaluation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Faculty Name:
Vincent Koppelmans


Faculty College:


Project Description:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is neurodegenerative disease that affects the central nervous system, especially the motor system. Though, ALS does result in wide-spread structural brain changes. Our lab has acquired longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to better understand the course of cortical thickness due to disease processes. We are looking for a student that has a keen interest in neuroanatomy and neurodegeneration.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

1) Quality control of brain cortical reconstruction and brain masks of MRI scans; 2) Data entry of behavioral outcome measures into a database

Student Benefits:

Learning about ALS, MRI processing and neuroimaging software. A lab that provides the opportunity to expand neuroimaging knowledge and an understanding of statistical modeling

Project Duration:

Project duration is 3-6 months. Estimated hours per week: 6-10.

Minimum Requirements:

Knowledge of neuroanatomy is highly recommended.