Cathy Price

  

Session Title:

Keynote Lecture: Predicting Outcome and Recovery from Focal Brain Damage

Biography:

Dr. Price is currently a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology and Faculty of Brain Sciences at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in the UK. She received her PhD as a doctor of philosophy in Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology at Birkbeck College.

Her research program aims to establish a functional anatomical model of language that predicts how speech and reading are lost and recovered following neurological damage or developmental delay. The hypothesis is that there are multiple ways that the brain can perform each language task (degeneracy). If this is true, then the effect of damage or developmental delay will depend on whether there is a surviving system available to sustain the task. To dissociate the neuronal systems for the same task, they use structural and functional MRI of subjects who vary in their cognitive abilities, demographics and neurological status. This allows her to characterize individual variability in the neuronal networks of neurologically normal populations and to examine how brain damage affects cognitive abilities in patient populations. In particular, she aims to determine how the impact of damage to one system depends on the integrity of another.