Bushra Ríaz Syeda working with leading MEG experts at Harvard

boston_skylineBushra Ríaz Syeda, PhD student in Justin Schneiderman´s research group, just returned from visiting Boston for a 3 months short-term research stay. Bushra was given the opportunity to work in Nouchine Hadjikhani´s and Kestutis Kveraga´s research team. Nouchine is an associate professor in radiology at Harvard Medical School as well as a visiting professor at Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre (GNC) in Gothenburg.
The Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital that opened its doors in 1989 is one of the world’s premier research centers devoted to development and application of advanced biomedical imaging technologies. Their biomedical imaging facilities include a wide range of tools and capabilities for both pre-clinical and clinical research, including MRI, PET, MEG/EEG, Microscopy, Spectroscopy, Image Processing, Radiotracer Synthesis and others. The center continues to be a leading biomedical imaging research facility, with roughly 300 faculty and some of the most advanced imaging equipment available.

BushraWelcome home, Bushra!

– Thanks! It´s really nice to be back in Sweden, even though I had a truly great and worthwhile time in Boston.

What was it like to work at the Martinos Center?

– It was very inspiring to collaborate with the people over there with their diversed backgrounds and huge expertise! We´ve only had MEG in Sweden since 2013 and now we´re trying to establish and expand the technique here. At the Martinos Center on the other hand, they have been working with MEG for over 40 years. It´s of immeasurable value to me to get this opportunity to increase my experience when it comes to analysing of MEG data.

GroupI guess that you weren´t just working. What else were you up to during your stay?

– I caught up with some old friends from undergrad in Pakistan, which was really nice of course. I also went on some trips together with new friends at the Martinos Center, for example to New York and Philadelphia. I can really recommend going to the beautiful place Provincetown on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where we went on a bike trail in the diversed landscape with both woods and sand dunes.

How would you conclude your stay in Boston?

– I made a lot of important connections – not only professional connections, but I also made friends for life. I also learned many new techniques for data analysing that I can´t wait to implement on our data here!

BushraBikingWe are very happy to have Bushra back at MedTech West at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital!


Text: Helene Lindström
Images are Bushra´s own.

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MTW BLOG: Traumatic torso injuries in Norway

From left: Rubén Buendía, MedTech West/Chalmers Marianne Oropeza-Moe, Norwegian University of Life Sciences Nils Petter Oveland, University of Stavanger/Stavanger University Hospital Nina Gjerde Andersen, Stavanger University Hospital Stefan Candefjord, MedTech West/Chalmers

From left: Rubén Buendía, MedTech West/Chalmers
Marianne Oropeza-Moe, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Nils Petter Oveland, University of Stavanger/Stavanger University Hospital
Nina Gjerde Andersen, Stavanger University Hospital
Stefan Candefjord, MedTech West/Chalmers

Stefan Candefjord and Ruben Buendia were in Sandnes in March to perform measurements on traumatic torso injuries (chest and abdomen) using a very realistic porcine model developed by Nils Petter Oveland and colleagues. The project is a collaboration between Chalmers/MedTech West, University of Stavanger/Stavanger University Hospital, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Medfield Diagnostics AB. The goal of the project is to evaluate the accuracy of microwave technology and electrical bioimpedance technology to detect and monitor traumatic injuries in the torso, which are time-sensitive and common injuries for which there is a large need for new diagnostic tools for the prehospital environment. Data analysis is ongoing and the aim is to publish the results in 2017.

Read more: Prehospital diagnostics for traumatic thoracic injuries project>>

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MTW blog: Jennifer Alvén receives award in Mexico

jenniferawardcroppedJennifer Alvén, PhD student in the Computer Vision and Medical Image Analysis research Group at Chalmers and at MedTech West, just got back from Mexico, where she was rewarded IBM best student paper (track: Biomedical image analysis and applications) at ICPR (International Conference on Pattern Recognition) 2016 for the article Shape-aware multi-atlas segmentation.

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“Are we all robots?” Read doctoral student Jennifer´s blog

Danica Kragic“Sometimes our lives seem better fit for robots, better for machines that can be programmed.
We work. We clean. We drive the kids. We’re not robots. We are human beings.”

As already told here, MedTech West and Chalmers doctoral student Jennifer Alvén is blogging regularly on the Chalmers website, and it´s always worth reading. Her last blog is about the last WiSE lunchseminar. Jennifer is in the organizing committee for the WiSE network, together with me (Helene). This time we were very proud to present Danica Kragic, professor from KTH who held an very inspirational seminar. Read Jennifer´s blog post about the WiSE seminar here>>

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MedTech West researchers in Paris on fNIRS2016 conference

Simon Skau, Paris 2016October 14th – 16th, Paris welcomed the functional near-infrared spectroscopy conference fNIRS2016. The conference was locally hosted by the Institute of Neuroscience and Cognition (INC) of the Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité.

This biennial conference has seen increasing attendance since its inception in 2010 when it was held in Boston, United States and now attracts more than 300 international researchers working in fNIRS. It has become the main forum for presenting fNIRS research.

The wide range of contributions at the conference in Paris reached from methodological advances, novel applications in cognitive and developmental neuroscience to clinical applications.

headAt the conference, Simon Skau and I presented our posters describing the Tetrahand and mental fatigue study.

Lina Bunketorp-Käll

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Elin Eriksson Hagberg blogging from Seoul and the 20th International Conference on Biomagnetism

The whole group in SeoulSeven collaborators representing the Sahlgrenska Academy and the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, and MedTech West was visiting Seoul, the capital of South Korea, to attend the 20th International Conference on Biomagnetism October 1-6, BIOMAG 2016.

The venue was COEX Convention Centre and Mall located in the Gangnam district. In the picture above, you can see (back row from the left) Lau Andersen (post doc at NatMEG Karolinska Institutet and collaborator in the NeuroSQUID project) and Justin Schneiderman. In the front row from the left, you´ll find Christoph Pfeiffer (doctoral student at Chalmers University of Technology), Emily Ruzich (post doc at Gothenburg University), Silvia Ruffieux (doctoral student at Chalmers), Elena Orekhova (researcher at Gothenburg University), Bushra Riaz (doctoral student at Gothenburg University) and me; Elin Eriksson Hagberg (doctoral student at Gothenburg University).

Justin´s talk During these days we got to listen to some of the foremost leaders of the field of magnetoencephalographic research and technology development. Justin Schneiderman, associate professor at Gothenburg University and MedTech West ,together with Lauri Parkkonen professor at Aalto University, organized a full day symposium on ‘Next generations sensors for neuromagnetism’, where Justin also gave a talk titled ‘High-TC SQUIDs for on-scalp MEG’.

Poster show timeTogether with the other PhD students, Bushra Riaz, Silvia Ruffieux and Christoph Pfeiffer, I presented my poster at the conference with content ranging from MEG hardware development to somatosensory processing.

Sylvia playing golf in SeoulSeoul is a place that offers a wide variety of things to do out-of-office. Of course we had to try screen golf, which is extremely popular in Seoul and is offered at many locations across the entire city, especially in business areas.

Bibimbap in hot pot and kimchi-pancakeThere is also an unlimited amount of restaurants, many of which provide korean barbeque. You often get bibimbap (one of the most common dishes, you can see it in this picture) and some side dishes served in “hot pots” meaning that the meal will still be cooked while you are eating, and also kept warm. Coming from Sweden, we also have to mention that the weather in Seoul this time of the year is excellent. Like a nice Swedish summer day- around 25 degrees. Our stay in Seoul and the meeting has been intense, inspiring and educational. We have made new and important connections with other research groups that hopefully will benefit our own current and future research.

Elin Eriksson Hagberg
University of Gothenburg

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