Brain Mapping with MEG and fMRI Study

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We would like to invite you to take part in a research study investigating the organization of brain function, being conducted by Andrew Papanicolaou, Ph.D., at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and the Neuroscience Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Our research uses two brain scanning techniques known as Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), to generate pictures of brain activation associated with performance of somatosensory, auditory and visual stimulation tasks, in order to better understand the organization of sensory and higher cognitive functions in neurologically intact individuals across the life-span.

We aim to recruit right handed adults aged 18 — 70 years of age, with no history of mental, developmental or neurological disorders. All testing associated with this research project will be performed at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Your participation in this study will consist of the following:

  • The MEG session will last about 3 hours (including the breaks).

If you choose to have a picture of your brain activity taken, an additional visit will be necessary.

  • The MRI session will last approximately 1 hour.

If you participate in all of the testing, the total time required is 4 hours and 15 minutes.

The first visit will consist of 3 hours of MEG data collected during external somatosensory, auditory, visual stimulation.

During the second visit, 1 hour of MRI data will be collected while you are resting with your eyes closed.

You may consider enrolling if you are:

  1. Between 18 — 70 years of age.
  2. Right-handed.
  3. Have no history of mental, developmental or neurological disorders.
  4. Not claustrophobic.
  5. Have no contraindication to MEG and MRI e.g. pacemaker or incompatible metal foreign body.

You will not be charged for any of the procedures involved in this research. You will be compensated $20.00 for each hour you spend taking part in this study, up to a maximum of $85.00.

If you are interested in enrolling in this study, please contact the Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Department of Pediatrics, The Neuroscience Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at kschille@uthsc.edu.