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Applying mathematical models to the study of neurological disorders

Yasser Iturria-Medina's focus is combining different sources of information about the brain to explain how the brain works and how to control the progression of neurological disorders.

 

Yasser Iturria-Medina became an assistant professor at The Neuro in 2018. He is also an associate member of the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health and the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre. His focus is combining different sources of information about the brain, including molecular data, and multi-modal brain imaging to explain how the brain works and how to control the progression of neurological disorders.

Using mathematical and computational models Medina sift through massive amounts of data to find patterns and correlations which provide valuable insight into how neurological diseases progress.

“Traditionally there has been a lack of integration of different information, and methods that I would like to implement would be precisely bringing together this different source of information,” he says.

Medina’s goal is apply these models to different neurological disorders, including epilepsy and schizophrenia.

“My position is very interesting because I have the opportunity not only to continue doing the research that I like but also to interact with new students, discussing new discuss new ideas, solving new problems and expanding on the previous models I was working on before.”

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The Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital is a McGill University research and teaching institute; delivering the highest quality of care to patients, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. The Neuro is proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.