Doctoral student Rachel Johnson adjusts the MEG at the Brain Sciences Center (photo: Aaron Levinsky, Star Tribune)

StarTribune Gulf War veterans article includes Brain Sciences Center efforts

Gulf War Illness research by BSC member Dr. Brian Engdahl and colleagues is featured in an August 14, 2016 Minneapolis Star Tribune article entitled, "Still sick 25 years after the Gulf War, a vet seeks answers — and the Minneapolis VA may have them."

from the article by Jeremy Olson...
"Using a unique brain scanner based on anti-submarine technology, the researchers also are studying brain activity in 1,000 veterans to identify patterns of dysfunction in those with Gulf War Illness. Already, their research has shown that the cerebellum is smaller in the brains of sickened Gulf War vets.

"To individual veterans, that is reassuring," Engdahl said. "They say, 'Aha … you can see it in my scans.' It's not just in their heads, figuratively."

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2016 BSC Summer Scholars (clockwise from top left)
Elsa Mattson, Lindsey Wanberg, Kha Lor, Michaela McGonigle, Abhi Ramesh, and Katie Martin.

2016 Summer Scholars learning research ropes at BSC

This summer, six science students will be helping with our ongoing Gulf War and PTSD projects, plus assisting Drs. Shikha Jain Goodwin and Adam Carpenter with their study of multiple sclerosis.

  • Elsa Mattson (University of Minnesota/neuroscience minor) is interested in the neural mechanisms and gender differences in psychopathology.
  • Lindsey Wanberg (Washington University, St. Louis/pre-med, biology) is also performing her own research on secondary traumatic stress.
  • Kha Lor (University of St. Thomas/neuroscience major) has explored the computational and physical surface-induced collisions of polypeptides. Her main research project will be with Dr. Brian Engdahl, looking at PTSD and Quality of Life as outcome variables. She will also be working under Drs. Lisa James and Jennifer Heath Mathison with the Brain Resilience Project and Gulf War Illness studies.
  • Michaela McGonigle (Macalester College/psychology major, biology minor with neuroscience emphasis) has studied facial expression processing in the human brain and measured the visual capacity of neurotypical adults in comparison to autistic adults using an eye tracker and MRI scans.
  • Abhismitha Ramesh (University of Minnesota/pre-med, psychology) has been active in the Physician Mentorship/Shadowing program at the VAMC and has volunteered at the East Bank Oncology Unit, University of Minnesota Medical Center.
  • Katie Martin (University of Minnesota/neuroscience major) is investigating psychological dysfunctions, as well as how plasticity allows our brains to adapt to our needs.

Updated July 13, 2016