Information for Prospective New Students
Graduate student positions with funding support in the Stroman Lab at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. level starting in the fall term of 2022 have now been filled. Prospective students who have already been interviewed are still being considered until the positions that have been offered are formally accepted.
Only students who have been awarded scholarships or other funding support to cover their salary etc. can be considered at this time.
A number of possible thesis projects are available which focus on either 1) functional MRI investigations of neural processes underlying pain processing in humans, or 2) development of functional MRI analysis methods and software.
Studies of pain processing will involve collecting fMRI data from healthy research participants, and some studies will also involve collecting data from people with fibromyalgia. Following data collection the data will be pre-processed and analyzed, in order to obtain new insights into the neural processes underlying human pain, and how it is altered by cognitive and emotional factors, and how it is altered in the chronic pain condition; fibromyalgia.
Development of fMRI analysis methods is an on-going process, and the data sets obtained with fMRI are incredibly rich in the amount of information that they contain. Methods are needed to speed up and improve data pre-processing, and to identify, extract, and display key features of neural signaling patterns that are identified by fMRI results across groups of human participants.
Both lines of projects will involve collecting fMRI data in human research participants, but data can be supplemented as well from the large database that is available from previous studies.
To get more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Please only apply if you are seriously interested in carrying out research in the areas described above.
A number of possible projects are available for 4th year projects (such as NSCI 499, LISC 499, etc.). Because of time limitations of such projects they will not involve collecting fMRI data. However, students may have the opportunity to assist with fMRI studies, in order to gain experience and understanding of the methods. The projects will instead involve using existing fMRI data from human research participants, and applying analysis methods in order to investigate unknown features of the neural processes underlying human pain.
To get more information, e-mail email@example.com . Please only apply if you are seriously interested in carrying out a project in the areas described above.