Principal Investigators //

Victor M. Vergara, PhD

Assistant Professor of Translational Neuroscience

Victor M. Vergara, PhD

Dr. Vergara focuses on mining brain imaging data looking for patterns used by separate brain areas to communicate with each other. The brain must maintain a constant flow of information to guarantee a healthy relationship with itself, the body and the exterior world. Neurological disorder might interrupt this flow by changing not just the quantity of information but also the patterns of neuronal stimulation. The identification of these abnormal patterns might explain the mechanisms by which neurological diseases act and might lead to the improvement of treatment courses and outcomes.

Dr. Vergara has developed algorithms for assessing information and its flow among brain areas, as well as methods to fuse multiple data modalities. The application of these analyses to diffusion and functional MRI, electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and behavioral data aims at enhancing our knowledge of addiction, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia, psychopathy and other neuropathologies.

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