Engineering Ethics Seminar in November
Get the one-hour of ethics requirement for maintaining a Texas P.E. license when David Howell, P.E., Director of Licensing for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, presents "Professional Practice Update/Ethics: Updates on Board rule changes within the last year, general updates on initiatives the Board is developing, information on enforcement statistics, and the engineering Code of Conduct" on Friday, November 21, at 7:00am on the UT Arlington campus. Registration fees ($40 online, $45 at the door) will support scholarships for freshman engineering students. Register here today!
Using Near-Infrared Light to Image
Brain Injury and Rehabilitation
Georgios Alexandrakis, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Bioengineering
Every year, millions of Americans suffer the effects of brain injuries, either through trauma, stroke or birth. Rehabilitation varies widely, both in method and outcome. To better understand how the brain works to overcome damage, researchers at UT Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical Center are developing methods that use light to map brain function. These methods are based on a technology known as functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Researchers believe fNIRS methods can be used to monitor traumatic brain injury as well as guide the treatment-mediated brain rewiring in children with cerebral palsy and adult stroke patients to improve rehabilitation outcomes.
In this presentation, Dr. Alexandrakis describes the basic principles of near-infrared light imaging as well as recent applications of this technology in the treatment of acute and long-term brain injury.
Georgios Alexandrakis completed undergraduate studies in physics at Oxford University and graduate studies in Medical Physics at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. Following this, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Professor Alexandrakis pursued further postdoctoral work at UCLA, where he contributed to the development of a combined optical/PET imaging system and was also exposed to clinical multi-modality imaging. Since joining UT Arlington in 2006, his research has focused on the development of novel imaging methods for biomedical applications.
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