2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: William J. & Jill H. Shepherd
Mentor: Allan Reiss, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Radiology

Grace will be analyzing how posture plays a role in the changes of oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin levels in the brain as measured with fMRI. It has been proposed that posture within the magnet can vary cognitive functioning. In order to test the hypothesis that different lying positions affect neural activity, she will be analyzing the brain scans of healthy adults. Ultimately, this research aims to provide new understandings of neuroimaging to the field of medicine.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Effects of Posture on Resting-State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rsfMRI)

Grace Tam1,2, Hadi Hosseini3, Allan Reiss3,4
[Departments of Biology1, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences3, and Radiology4 and Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research2, Stanford University]