Monday, September 14, 2015

Identifying poor outcomes in autism as early as possible

A recent study on autism [1] was featured in the popular journal Science [2] and presented functional brain imaging patterns associated with autism subjects who have poor language outcome. Early identification of autistic subjects with poor outcomes is an important research avenue with the potential to assist in informing patient care by steering treatment decisions, observing disease progression and monitoring therapeutic response. It is encouraging to see such considerable potential from functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and it should also be noted that MRI is capable of acquiring a wide variety of different physiological measurements. I was fortunate to get a short letter/comment published with the journal in online format discussing the potential to further characterize autism and to potentially identify those subjects with poorer outcomes using pH sensitive MRI [3] and machine learning technologies. I introduce the reader to this topic here:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Contrast Agent Diffusion Inspired Breast Cancer Research

I've recently had an article published in the Journal of Digital Imaging focused on a biomarker that may be able to assist in the characterization of breast cancer from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Neurodevelopmental Research at Harvard

I've recently started a new research position at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School focusing on neurodevelopmental brain research. I am interested in many topics in this domain and have been focusing on research applied to the imaging of autism with both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic encephalography (MEG). This website has not been updated in some time due to the challenges I've faced in securing my new research position and moving my family from Oxford, UK to Canada (temporarily) and then onwards to the Boston area. New articles discussing some of my recent scientific publications will be published soon.

Additionally, I have multiple research papers from my previous position at the University of Oxford on stroke imaging with MRI which are being revised towards eventual publication.

Jacob Levman, PhD
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School