Jamie Blair, B.S., University of Richmond, Psychology & Neuroscience
My research aims to visualize the Parkinson's disease (PD) brain during development using an in-vivo approach with human subjects. I utilize advanced neuroimaging techniques to analyze structural magnetic resonance images of PD patients throughout the progression of their disease. Specifically, I am interested in cholinergic brain regions such as the basal forebrain and the role that PD associated atrophy in these regions plays in the numerous non-motor symptoms that are seen in PD. Additionally, my research aims to identify neural substrates for PD associated non motor symptoms and to improve clinical outcomes by validating MRI as a tool to predict disease outcomes, for development of a more sensitive and accurate staging process for PD, and for early identification of candidates for surgical intervention.