- Physiological Neuroimaging Group Research Group
I am a DPhil student supervised by Dr. Charlie Stagg, working within the Physiological Neuroimaging Group based between FMRIB and OHBA (the Oxford MEG Centre). I previously spent two years working as a research assistant within the same group.
I am interested in how non-invasive brain stimulation changes the way we learn motor tasks, and how the brain adapts during and directly after stimulation. I work with simultaneous tDCS and MRI to investigate the cortical changes that take place during stimulation. My wider interests are for the development and use of brain stimulation as an adjunct therapy for motor rehabilitation following a stroke.
As a research assistant, I was involved in a number of projects looking at the effects of different forms of stimulation (both direct and alternating current stimulation) on motor learning as measured with TMS, MR Imaging, MR Spectroscopy and Magnetoencephalography (MEG).
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I graduated from Oxford University in 2014 with a degree in Neuroscience having studied the Biomedical Sciences course at St. John's College. I am now studying for a DPhil in Psychiatry at St. Hugh's College from October 2016.
Driving Human Motor Cortical Oscillations Leads to Behaviorally Relevant Changes in Local GABAA Inhibition: A tACS-TMS Study.
Nowak M. et al, (2017), J Neurosci, 37, 4481 - 4492
tDCS and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Johnstone A. et al, (2016), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Clinical Principles and Management
A mechanistic link from GABA to cortical architecture and perception
Kolasinski J. et al, Current Biology