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Polytimi Frangou

Biography:

I received a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), specialising in Computer and Biomedical Engineering. My undergraduate work focused on Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and on developing a method to support neurologists in finding the optimal stimulation point in the subthalamic nucleus that would maximise the stimulation’s effectiveness without causing severe side-effects. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant at the Biomedical Simulations and Imaging Laboratory (NTUA). In September 2013 I joined the Adaptive Brain Lab as an Early Research Fellow of the Adaptive Brain Computations (ABC) Marie Curie Initial Training Network. My current project employs multimodal imaging (fMRI, EEG, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy) and pharmacological interventions to investigate the inhibitory mechanisms in visual learning.

Outside the lab, I enjoy rowing for Lucy Cavendish College and baking.

Research Interests

I am interested in how brain plasticity is mediated by neurotransmitters in the brain and how these processes are altered in pathological conditions, such as psychosis. In my current work I use combined fMRI and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to link changes in neurotransmitter concentrations with modulations of brain activity associated with visual learning.

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BRAINfest: 23-25 June 2017

Jun 15, 2017

The Adaptive Brain Lab are very excited to be taking part in the University of Cambridge's first ever BRAINfest. This exciting public engagement event aims to give the general public a chance to learn and ask questions about Neuroscience first-hand from researchers at the forefront of the field.

ABL at the Cambridge Science Festival 2017

Jun 13, 2017

This March saw the return of the Cambridge Science Festival, a city wide event which showcases the variety of new and exciting science going on across Cambridge. The Adaptive Brain Lab took part, spending the day presenting our work alongside other labs from the psychology department.

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