Methodology Talks: The Brain in Motion
Advanced methods for studying the brain in motion and movement disorders
Studying carefully the brain “in motion”, when notably considering realistic lifestyle experiences, involving physical exercise, gait or balance, requires specific investigations, where portable neuroimaging techniques are playing a key role.
Investigating the brain in motion is even more important in the context of further characterizing brain motion disorders, promoting the emergence for new therapeutic and intervention strategies to treat those patients. In this context, this proposed methodological will be designed to carefully assess what are the challenges and state of the art approaches to study the brain “in motion”, exploring either bioelectrical neuronal activity using Electro-Encephalography (EEG) or cortical hemodynamic processes measured using Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS).
Session talks will be dedicated to present some promising approaches to handle these difficult problems and how one could consider those methods to study gait and balance. Today's keynote presentation by Yves Burnod, PhD, will address more fundamental mechanisms associated with neurodegenerative diseases and notably Parkinson disease, combining anatomical and functional imaging with gene expression to predict the evolution of those disease.