Deniz Vatansever

Deniz Vatansever

University position

PhD student
Supervised by Dr. Emmanuel Stamatakis and Prof. David Menon

Departments

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Institutes

Division of Anaesthesia

Home page

http://anaesthetics.medschl.cam.ac.uk/

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

Extensive neuroimaging research has identified a set of brain regions with prominent activity during “no task” baseline conditions, collectively known as the default mode network. The DMN is hypothesized to drive a variety of functions including future planning, predictions of outcome, retrieval of autobiographical memories and integration of external information, suggesting its central importance in healthy and adaptive brain activity dynamics. Under the supervision of Dr. E. Stamatakis and Prof. D. Menon, the specific aim of my PhD is to decipher the exact functional role of this network in human cognitive processing, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This in turn may allow us to improve biomarkers in detecting the severity of impairment, predict cognitive outcomes and propose potential therapeutic agents in mental disease states.

Research Focus

Keywords

fMRI

Resting state

Default mode network

Neuropsychological Assessment

Clinical conditions

Traumatic brain injury

Equipment

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Collaborators

Cambridge

Barbara Sahakian

Manuel Schroeter

Associated News Items


Key publications

Vatansever D, Manktelow AE, Sahakian BJ, Menon DK, Stamatakis EA (2015), “Cognitive Flexibility: A Default Network and Basal Ganglia Connectivity Perspective” Brain Connectivity

Vatansever D, Menon DK, Manktelow AE, Sahakian BJ, Stamatakis EA (2015), “Default mode network connectivity during task execution.” Neuroimage Details

Vatansever D, Menon DK, Manktelow AE, Sahakian BJ, Stamatakis EA (2015), “Default mode dynamics for global functional integration” Journal of Neuroscience

Publications

in press

Borchert RJ, Rittman T, Passamonti L, Ye Z, Sami S, Jones SP, Nombela C, Rodríguez PV, Vatansever D, Rae CL, Hughes LE, Robbins TW, Rowe JB (in press), “Atomoxetine Enhances Connectivity of Prefrontal Networks in Parkinson's Disease” Neuropsychopharmacology

2013

Kyriakopoulou V, Vatansever D, Elkommos S, Dawson S, McGuinness A, Allsop J, Molnár Z, Hajnal J, Rutherford M (2013), “Cortical Overgrowth in Fetuses With Isolated Ventriculomegaly.” Cereb Cortex Details

Vatansever D, Kyriakopoulou V, Allsop JM, Fox M, Chew A, Hajnal JV, Rutherford MA (2013), “Multidimensional analysis of fetal posterior fossa in health and disease.” Cerebellum 12(5):632-44 Details

2012

Wright R, Vatansever D, Kyriakopoulou V, Ledig C, Wolz R, Serag A, Rueckert D, Rutherford MA, Hajnal JV, Aljabar P (2012), “Age dependent fetal MR segmentation using manual and automated approaches” MICCAI pp. 97–104