Aston University MEG lab

Aston University MEG lab

Research topics

Aston University has been at the forefront of MEG research in the UK for 3 decades. Since the initial installation of a single channel MEG system in 1988, and then a 19 channel system (1992), we were the first site in the UK to install a whole-head MEG scanner (2000, upgraded in 2005). We now host the first MEG system in Europe optimised for use with children. The Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG Studies is part of the Aston Brain Centre (ABC), an integrated research environment that opened in 2010, which brings together a unique suite of equipment and facilities for related areas of brain research.

MEG research at Aston focuses on understanding the oscillatory dynamics of child development through to older populations and translating knowledge of this fundamental research to diagnosis, therapy and treatment.

We primarily use beamformer analysis for source localisation and investigate this activity at the network level within the brain using functional connectivity methods. In particular, we are interested in using these methods to further our understanding of children’s neural development, and how it differs in disorders such as epilepsy, dyslexia, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Our other research interests also include cognitive and social neuroscience, ageing and systems neurophysiology and investigating pathologies such as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and chronic pain.

Our clinical MEG team have a pre-eminent position in the field of pre-surgical evaluation for epilepsy at paediatric age, providing innovative diagnostic services currently unavailable within the NHS.

Research facilities and equipment

The Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG Studies in the Aston Brain Centre (ABC) at Aston University is equipped with a 306 Elekta Neuromag® TRIUX MEG system, comprising 102 magnetometers and 204 planar gradiometers and with an Internal Helium recycler (IHR). The MEG system is located in a single-shell magnetically shielded room equipped with MaxShieldTM technology. Visual information are displayed via a 3-Chip DLP™ Panasonic Projector and participant responses recorded through a fibre-optic response set (FIU-932, Current Designs). Presentation of stimuli is supported via Presentation® (Neurobehavioural Systems), EPrime® (Psychology Software Tools) or Psychophysics Toolbox. Multi-modal studies are supported through our MRI Research Unit (Siemens 3 Tesla Trio Magnetom MRI scanner), Brain stimulation lab (Magstim TMS), Dense Array EEG Lab (EGI), Dyslexia and Development Assessment Unit and ALIVE (Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments).

Location

The Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG Studies at Aston University is part of the Aston Brain Centre (ABC), an integrated research environment for the study of neurodevelopment in health and disease.

More Information about the ABC can be found at http://www.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/brain-centre/.

People

Aston University MEG team

Directors

Prof Amanda Wood
Director, Aston Brain Centre

Prof Stefano Seri
Medical Director, Aston Brain Centre
Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology and Developmental Neuropsychiatry

Dr Caroline Witton
Director, Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG Studies

Prof Joel Talcott
Director, DDAU
Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Principle Academic Investigators / Steering Group members

Prof Adrian Burgess
Principal Scientist, Dense Array EEG Lab
Professor of Psychology

Prof Paul Furlong
Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging

Prof Klaus Kessler
Principal Scientist, Brain Stimulation Lab
Co-Investigator, ALIVE
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Prof Ian Stanford
Professor of Neuroscience

Prof Gavin Woodhall
Principal Scientist, Human Brain Tissue Lab
Professor of Neuropharmacology

Core and Technical Staff

Dr Siân Worthen
Manager, Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG Studies
Research and Training Fellow

Dr Elaine Foley
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Hongfang Wang
Research Fellow

Niteen Mulji
ABC / Psychology Technician

Andrea Scott
Clinical Neurophysiology Technician

Post-Doctoral Researchers, Fellows & PhD Students

Nicolas Alexander
PhD Student

Diandra Brkic
Marie Curie ECR

Eleanor Callaghan
PhD Student

Gerard Gooding-Williams
Research Assistant / PhD Student

Thomas Graeme-Drury
PhD Student

Michael Hall
Teaching Fellow / PhD Student

Ainara Jauregi
PhD Student

Kelly Murphy
PhD Student

Gloria Romagnoli
Marie Curie ECR

Ewelina Rosiecka
PhD Student

Victoria Schroeder
PhD Student

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