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Spotlight on research - Barbara Morera

Posted on 15 November 2017 by Helen Robbins

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Name

Barbara Morera

 

Position

PhD student

 

Where are you doing your research?

The University of Nottingham

 

What is the topic of your research?

I am interested in developing a safe, effective, and novel treatment for Tourette Syndrome.

A potential treatment is based on the recording of brain electrical signals in combination with delivery of non-invasive brain stimulation. To be able to do that I first need to identify brain signals that predict the execution of a tic. I will be using electroencephalography (EEG) and brain imaging (MRI) in two different studies. EEG will allow me to record reliable brain electrical signals that immediately precede the execution of tics, and MRI will allow me to identify areas of increased brain activity that precede the execution of tics. These two techniques will help me determine the location and time of a neuronal marker that predicts the execution of a tic. This marker will then be used to develop the treatment.  

 

How will this help people with TS?

This research could lead to a development of a safe and effective, non-drug therapy.

 

What stage of the research are you at?

At the moment, I am only recruiting for the study using EEG. I am interested in hearing from anyone who would like to take part in this study.  Please contact: lpxbm1@nottingham.ac.uk for details.

 

What will happen next in the study?

In the study, we will record the participant’s brain activity while in a resting state. The data collected will be used to identify a specific brain activity that only happens seconds or milliseconds before the execution of the tic.

 

Why do you want to be a researcher?

I love studying the brain and research gives me the opportunity to do it hands-on by using different novel techniques. Also, the fact that I might be part of something that could have a beneficial impact on science or society is really exciting.

 


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