William C Gaetz, PhD

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Research Assistant Professor of Radiology
Department: Radiology

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Blvd.
014A Seashore House
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 267-426-2268
Fax: 215-590-1345
BA (Psychology)
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada, 1994.
PhD (Experimental Psychology)
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2001.
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Description of Research Expertise

I am in interested in assessing the functional significance of cortical oscillations in children using magnetoencephalography (MEG). Increasingly, I am using a multimodal approach where cortical oscillations are interpreted in the context of associated structural (MRI) and molecular (MRS GABA) measures. Results from normative developmental studies are used to detail age dependent change as well as for the interpretation of clinical findings in paediatric populations such as Autism, Friedreich Ataxia and Epilepsy.

Recent work also has focused on somatosensory and motor plasticity following bilateral hand transplantation.

Selected Publications

Hillebrand A, Gaetz W, Furlong PF, Gouw AA, Stam CJ: Editorial in Clinical Neurophysiology for the clinical MEG guidelines by Hari et al.: IFCN-endorsed practical guidelines for clinical magnetoencephalography (MEG) Practical guidelines for clinical magnetoencephalography – Another step towards best practice Clinical Neurophysiology In Press, 2018.

Gaetz W, Kilaru Kessler S, Roberts, TPL, Berman J, Levy T, Hsia M, Humpl D, Schwartz ES, Amaral S, Chang B, Levin S. : Massive cortical reorganization is reversible following bilateral transplants of the hands: Evidence from the first bilateral pediatric hand transplant patient. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology 5(1): 92-97, 2018.

Rhodes E, Marsden J, Gaetz W, Hall, S. : Transient alpha and beta synchrony underlies preparatory recruitment of directional motor networks. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2018 Notes: In Press.

Rhodes E, Kharko A, Gaetz W, Hall S: Post-movement beta rebound inhibits future movement International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Vancouver, Canada 32((suppl 2).), June 2017 Notes: Poster presentation.

Amaral S, Kessler S, Levy T, Gaetz W, Levin S, Levine M: First Successful Bilateral Hand Transplant in a Child: 15 Month Outcomes. International Pediatric Transplant Association meeting, Barcelona, Spain 21: 8-8, May 2017 Notes: Oral presentation.

RG Port, W Gaetz, L Bloy, DJ Wang, L Blaskey, ES Kuschner, SE Levy, ES Brodkin, TPL Roberts : Exploring the relationship between cortical GABA concentrations, auditory gamma‐band responses and development in ASD: Evidence for an altered maturational trajectory in ASD. Autism Research 10(4): 593-607, 2017.

Amaral S, Kessler SK, Levy T, Gaetz W, McAndrew C, Chang B, Lopez S, Braham E, Humpl D, Hsia M, Ferry K, Xu X, Elder D, Lefkowitz D, Feudtner C, Thibaudeau S, Lin I, Kovach S, Schwartz E, Bozentka D, Carrigan R, Steinberg D, Kanchwala S, Zlotolow D, Kozin S, Jensen FE, Bryant F, Shaked A, Levine M, and Levin LS: 18 Month Outcomes of Heterologous Bilateral Hand Transplantation in a Child: A Case Report The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health 1(1): 35-44, 2017.

Gaetz W, Jurkiewicz M, Kessler S., Blaskey L, Schwartz E, Roberts TP : Neuromagnetic responses to tactile stimulation of the fingers: Evidence for reduced cortical inhibition for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and children with epilepsy. NeuroImage: Clinical 16: 624-633, 2017.

Waldman AT, Liu GT, Lavery AM, Liu G, Gaetz W, Aleman TS, Banwell BL: Optical coherence tomography and visual evoked potentials in pediatric MS Neurology-Neuroimmunology Neuroinflammation 4(4): 356, 2017.

A Waldman, G Liu, A Lavery, G Liu, W Gaetz, T Aleman, L Balcer, B Banwell: Interrogation of the Visual System in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis: Relative Insights Gained by Optical Coherence Tomography and Visual Evoked Potentials Child Neurology Society Meeting, Annals of Neurology, Vancouver, Canada 80: S330-S330, October 2016 Notes: Poster presentation.

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