I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Bruce Pike in the department of radiology, University of Calgary, analyzing the structural and functional MRI data from healthy individuals, individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure, and with psychiatric disorders. I obtained my Ph.D. in neuroscience from University of Alberta, with a focus on understanding the structural effects of healthy aging, major depressive disorder, childhood adversity, and genetic polymorphisms on limbic grey and white matter.
My current research focuses on the neuro-behavioural/cognitive development of the limbic structures in children with prenatal alcohol exposure using structural MRI and DTI data. The outcomes of the current research might be helpful in developing more effective diagnostic methods for the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure based on its associated neurobehavioural/cognitive deficits. The typical neuro-behavioural/cognitive development of the limbic system in healthy controls might also shed light on abnormal changes in psychiatric disorders.
Check out Arash’s presentation of his CONP project in a short talk entitled “Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on limbic and prefrontal structures and their neurobehavioural development”.