Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation

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Investigators

Roy H. Hamilton MD, MS

LCNS Director
Roy H. Hamilton MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology
Associate Director Clinical Neuroscience Track,
Curriculum Director, Penn Educational Pipeline Program
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H. Branch Coslett, MD

CO-Primary Investigator LCNS
H. Branch Coslett, MD
William N. Kelley Professor of Neurology
Section Chief of Cognitive Neurology
Department of Neurology
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David A. Wolk, MD

CO-Primary Investigator LCNS
David A. Wolk, MD
Assistant Director Penn Memory Center
Assistant Professor of Neurology,
Department of Neurology
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Sudha K. Kessler, MD, MSCE

CO-Primary Investigator LCNS
Sudha K. Kessler, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Neurology,
Department of Neurology
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Priyanka P. Shah

Priyanka P. Shah
Priyanka is a post-doctoral fellow in the LCNS at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2012 from a joint biomedical engineering program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. During her graduate training, she worked with Drs. A.M. Barrett, Peii Chen, Kelly Goedert and Paola Fortis on developing a home-based intervention program for stroke survivors with spatial neglect. This program involved subjects training with either right-shifting prism goggles or neutral goggles as they performed ecological activities requiring hand-eye coordination; subjects trained at home under caregiver supervision. She demonstrated that subjects with motor-related spatial deficits, rather than isolated perceptual spatial deficits, benefitted from the home-based program. This finding emphasizes categorization of neglect subjects by their constituent cognitive deficits before evaluating benefits of interventions targeting spatial neglect. Her current research interests involve using the non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (i.e., tDCS and TMS) for the categorization and treatment of spatial neglect, and to understand the mechanisms underlying spatial cognition in healthy individuals.

Research Staff

Clinical Coordinator
Olufunsho K. Faseyitan

Olufunsho K. Faseyitan
Olu is Lab Manager for the LCNS'. He provides technical support for TMS and tDCS projects in the lab. He is also responsible for data collection and data analysis of functional neuroimaging studies in the lab. Olu received a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University and a Masters of Science from Villanova. His research interests are in the cognitive processes that support attention, language, and memory. Olu is particularly interested in the use of neural stimulation techniques (i.e. TMS & tDCS) and neuroimaging techniques (i.e. fMRI & VLSM) to investigate the neural correlates of attention, language and memory in both health young adults and patient population.

Research Specialists
Gabriella Garcia

Gabriella Garcia
Gabriella graduated from Penn in 2010 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. In the lab, she is responsible for the regulatory correspondence and documentation of all protocols. She is also the study coordinator for Dr. Hamilton's tDCS Aphasia study, which involves the use of tDCS on chronic stroke patients with non-fluent aphasia to help improve language function.

Felix Gervits

Felix Gervits
Felix is currently finishing up his Master's degree in Linguistics at the University of Delaware. Previously, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His main interest is the interface between language and cognition, particularly the influence of language in shaping spatial categories. Other interests include language acquisition, theory of mind and the lofty goal of modeling all these phenomena in a cognitive architecture. Felix would like to pursue these areas of research using neuroimaging and brain stimulation techniques such as TMS, tDCS, fMRI and EEG.

Medical Student Researcher
Catherine Norise

Catherine Norise
Graduating from Haverford College in May 2011 majoring in Biology and minoring in Japanese. Cathy is currently a medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is analyzing the efficacy of TMS as a treatment for aphasia in stroke patients in our lab and evaluating a case study of an acquired deficit in audio-visual speech.

 

Catherine NoriseAndrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor is a fourth year medical student looking forward to a  career as a neurologist.  He is interested in the potential for non-invasive brain stimulation to serve as a diagnostic and/or therapeutic modality for patients with neurological disease.

 

Undergraduate Researcher
Jay Gill

Jay Gill
Jay is an undergraduate student at Penn majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Computer Science. He is currently working on a project that will apply tDCS as a therapy for multiple sclerosis patients.




TMS Scheduling Coordinator
Caitlin Breslin

Caitlin Breslin
Cait is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, studying the Biological Basis of Behavior and minoring in Hispanic Studies. She is interested in different non-invasive neural stimulation techniques like TMS and tDCS, and is particularly fascinated by aphasia. After graduation, she plans to take a few years to do full-time research and/or "find herself" before attending medical school.

Alumni


Jacques Beauvais
(Medical Student at Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania)

Jennifer Benson
(Graduate Student at University of New Mexico)

Danial Drebing
(Business Analyst in Portland Oregon)

Cindy Gooch
(Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Temple University)

Dasha Kliot
(Research Assistant at Penn Memory Center)

Jared Medina
(Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Delaware)

Linda Sanders
(Medical Student as The Commonwealth Medical College)

Amy Thomas
(Radiology Technician, Department of Radiology)

Peter Turkeltaub, MD, PhD
(Assistant Professor of Neurology Georgetown University Medical Center)

Elaine Wencil
(AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow serving at US Department of Health and Human Services/APSR/OPP/MCSR)

Martin Wiener
(Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University)

Jihad Zreik
(Neuroscience Graduate Student at University College London (UCL), UK)