Behrang Makouei successfully defended his MSc Thesis

March 25, 2008
Behrang Nosrat Makouei successfully defended his MSc Thesis today (Monday Mar. 25th, 2008). Congratulations!

Senior Supervisor: Mirza Faisal Beg
Supervisory Committee: Lei Wang

Title of his thesis: Increasing the Accuracy of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Brain Maps through using Accurate Automatic Registration Pipeline


The accuracy of the brain normalization method directly impacts the preciseness of statistical analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. Furthermore, the study of the medial temporal lobe and cortical layer structures requires an accurate co-registration method due to large inter-subject variability. In this thesis, we first introduce a fully automated fMRI post-processing pipeline aimed to reduce the registration error during group studies and we will demonstrate its superiority over two widely used registration methods by conducting a comprehensive bleeding study using a synthesized fMRI dataset as well as surface-to-surface distance quantifications over both cortical and sub-cortical regions. Finally, we apply our processing pipeline to a functional MRI dataset of a schizophrenia study and show how accurate registration of hippocampus and inferior frontal gyrus structures can increase the accuracy of functional maps over these regions when performing group analysis.

More details on Behrang's work can be found here.

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