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First intra-operative recordings in Poland

We are delighted to share our next breakthrough with advancing clinical neuroscience research in Poland. This month we have recorded for the first time pupil responses to electrical stimulation in the deep brain structures called the basal ganglia. The recordings were part of a standard therapy for Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders called the Deep Brain Stimulation. In this therapy, electrical stimulation is delivered through special electrodes implanted in the brain of an awake patient…

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The new year of breakthroughs and harvest for the neuroscience in Poland

The beginning of 2021 was marked by a rapid acceleration of our endeavours to pioneer intracranial brain recordings and stimulation in Poland. Together with our project partners at the Wroclaw Medical University we implemented recently purchased, state-of-the-art system called ‚Atlas’ (by Neuralynx Inc.) for clinical and research electrophysiological studies in the human brain. Two entire days in Wroclaw were dedicated to assemble and present the system to a team of experts at the university hospital.  The…

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Foundation for Polish Science extended funding for our First Team research project

We are closing the 2020 calendar year with great news about obtaining additional funding to support the main research project in our Brain and Mind Electrophysiology lab entitled: ‚Neurophysiological mapping and stimulation of the human brain for memory enhancement’. The decision was based on reviewing the progress and plans for continuing research in this project. One of the main discoveries made so far is a new area in the left frontal lobe of our cortex,…

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Laboratorium BME zostało zaprezentowane w radiowej audycji z cyklu dotyczącego Politechniki Gdańskiej

Dr Kucewicz udzielił wywiadu, który został zaprezentowany w jednej z cotygodniowych audycji poświęconych Politechnice Gdańskiej emitowanych przez Radio Gdańsk. Cykl, składający się z pięciu programów, ma na celu zaprezentowanie ciekawych projektów naukowych realizowanych na Politechnice, która została najwyżej sklasyfikowana wśród uczelni technicznych w ministerialnym konkursie „Inicjatywa Doskonałości – Uczelnia Badawcza” oraz zajęła drugie miejsce w kraju pośród wszystkich uczelni wyższych. Rozmowa ta była trzecią z kolei, a została poprzedzona wywiadami z Rektorem, Prof. Wilde, oraz…

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BME lab receives Aurum grant to develop international patient database of human brain recordings

This month we received exciting news about receiving an intramural grant from the Gdansk University of Technology to build an international database of brain recordings and stimulation from patients performing memory tasks with eye tracking. The grant is called ‚AURUM – Supporting International Research Team Building’ and is part of a larger ‚Uczelnia Badawcza’ award from the Polish Ministry for Science and Higher Education for the top research universities in Poland. In this larger award, we were…

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New student projects to help us ‚crack the code’ of verbal memory and predict its recall from eye movements

Karolina Kacprycka joined our BME team to study how words are represented in the human brain. For this she will be using our latest intracranial recordings from Mayo Clinic patients performing tasks to remember words. We hypothesize that bursts of the fast brain waves (aka ‚high frequency oscillations’) in particular brain regions reflect firing of neuronal assemblies that encode particular words. If true, then these fast waves can be used to identify specific words being processed at…

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Która półkula rządzi twoim światem?

Kontynuujemy naszą misję promowania i popularyzowania neuronauki. Nie poddajemy się z powodu trwającej epidemii, wręcz przeciwnie – wirtualna rzeczywistość telekonferencji, nauczanie on-line i udostępnianie filmów stwarzają okazję do dotarcia do szerszego grona odbiorców. Zostaliśmy zaproszeni przez Centrum Nauki Experyment w Gdyni do stworzenia filmu edukacyjnego na temat związany z naszymi badaniami. Przygotowany film ukazuje różnice pomiędzy prawą i lewą półkulą naszego mózgu… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXz3g7DtMog   W trakcie filmu dr Kucewicz prowadzi widza przez trzy łatwe testy,…

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We make clinical and research impact on Polish neuroscience

None of us expected that our First Team project funded by the Foundation for Polish Science is going to make such an impact on studying and treating brain disorders in Poland. This month our application for additional funding of high-tech equipment for brain recording and stimulation was approved, following a preceding ethical approval for using it for research and clinical purposes in Poland. Initially it was planned to be used with patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and…

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‚Naukowe Love’, i.e. sharing our passion for neuroscience across all generations

This month Dr. Kucewicz engaged in several public events dedicated to promoting neuroscience and awareness of the societal problems that our research addresses. ‚Centrum Naukowe Eksperyment’ in Gdynia invited us to present and run a workshop on their special Valentine’s Day event ‚Naukowe Love’ about the heart and the brain (btw, St. Valentine is the patron for epilepsy). Our workshop was attended by most of the participants (over 700 in total!) with almost continuous 4…

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Our latest results presented on the world’s largest neuroscience conference

Our BME lab demonstrated exciting new findings from the Ph.D. projects of Victoria Marks (Mayo Graduate School) and Cagdas Topcu (Gdansk University of Technology) at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, USA, which was attended by almost 30 000 brain scientists from all across the globe. Tory and Cagdas had a chance to discuss and share their analysis results presented as posters with other peers and experts from the field and beyond. Theo…

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