I have continued my research on real time fMRI and the vast array of fields it applies to. Dr. Christopher deCharmes has his own research center in the San Francisco Bay Area called Omneuron. Most of his research has focused on pain management through the use of rt fMRI, However, he is looking to expand his research and clinical practice. As an ambitious and hopeful collaborator, I look forward to potentially contributing to this expanding field.
Dr. deCharmes has also collaborated with a neuro-scientist from MIT, John Gabrieli. Dr. Gabrieli is a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He is a faculty member in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and director of the Martinos Imaging Center, Most importantly, Gabrieli is “the first to demonstrate that human subjects could learn to control their own brain activity using real-time feedback from functional MRI” (1). Gabrieli is a great resource for me as he is currently testing rt fMRI with a mixed population.
1. Learned regulation of spatially localized brain activation using real-time fMRI. deCharms RC, Christoff K, Glover GH, Pauly JM, Whitfield S, Gabrieli JD. Neuroimage. 2004 Jan;21(1):436-43.
I have also found another faculty member at MIT, Satrajit Ghosh who is currently studying rt fMRI. He is testing and validating this important tool as a clinical settings.
Lastly, I studied the concept of growing your own clothes through the use of a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) further. It has a very long history and has been a tradition in countries such as Russia and China for thousands of years.
Suzanne Lee is a fashion designer and bio researcher based in the UK. Shas a founded BioCouture. The company focuses on growing renewable materials for the clothing designs.