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Simon Graham
Simon Graham, PhD., P. Eng.

Senior Scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room S6 69
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-5709
Fax: 416-480-5714

Administrative Assistant: Marcelline Ramcharan
Phone: 416-480-6100, ext. 5765
Email: marcelline.ramcharan@sri.utoronto.ca

Education:

  • B.Sc., 1988, engineering physics, Queen's University
  • PhD, 1995, medical biophysics, University of Toronto

Appointments and Affiliations:

Research Foci:

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of stroke recovery
  • Head motion during fMRI
  • Virtual reality (VR) and fMRI
  • Combining functional neuroimaging modalities
  • Applications of fMRI in neuroscience

Research Summary:

Dr. Graham is a neuroimaging scientist exploring the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for mapping neural activity within the brain. The work is inherently multidisciplinary and highly collaborative; it occurs at the interface between imaging physics, biomedical engineering, psychology, neurology and psychiatry.

An example of one of Dr. Graham's research programs is research to combine virtual reality (VR) with fMRI. Ongoing research involves systems design and development of ergonomic standalone and MRI‑compatible VR equipment; the development of behavioural tasks for psychological testing using virtual environments to understand normal behaviour and detect and quantify neurological and psychiatric disease; extension of these tasks to accommodate fMRI experiments to determine brain regions associated with these behaviours; and fMRI experiments to investigate use of virtual environments for cognitive and physical rehabilitation. Work in this area involves fMRI studies of simulated driving, in collaboration with Dr. Tom Schweizer at St. Michael's Hospital. Potential outcomes of this research are the development of objective assessment tools that can enhance physicians' ability to assess a person's fitness to drive and modifications to public policy to improve safe driving in Ontario.

Selected Publications:

See current publications at PubMed

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