Assessing spinal cord injury using multi-parametric MRI during rehabilitation

 

Julien Cohen-Adad

Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

 

Domaine : neurosciences, santé mentale et toxicomanies

Concours 2013-2014

Partenaires

Consortium pour le développement de la recherche en traumatologie

Spinal cord injury can induce important motor deficits, such as paralysis, for which there is currently no cure. Recent advances in research have introduced new training programs in physiotherapy to significantly improve locomotor functions. However, these new methods encounter a major difficulty: the impossibility to know with precision the size and location of the lesion in the spinal cord. Indeed, without this knowledge, it is very difficult for clinicians to validate new methods, but also to identify patients who might benefit from them. I dedicate my research to the development of new technologies in MRI of the spinal cord.

These technologies enable to obtain images with high precision, with the ability to detect abnormalities previously not detected using classical MRI. For this project, I plan to collaborate with clinicians at the Montreal rehabilitation center (IRGLM) and apply my developments for the benefits of  these patients.