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IBEC Seminar: MDr Joanna Sierpowska
Wednesday, July 26 @ 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Awake brain surgery mapping – a way to mitigate postsurgical impairments and a door to understanding human cognition
MDr Joanna Sierpowska from the Department of Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology, Institute of Neurosciences, University of Barcelona
Brain mapping for language and cognition during awake brain surgeries helps neurosurgeons to mitigate postsurgical impairments. At the same time, it uncovers the truth about brain functional organization. While the cortical procedures are very well studied and widely implemented since the ’50 of the XX century confirming the classical models of language production, the work on mapping the white matter pathways has developed very recently. The dual pathway model for language introduces the importance of the perisylvian white matter in the processing of speech sounds and word meaning. In the present talk, I will explain if the model was successfully confirmed by intraoperative language testing. Furthermore, I will explain how we assess language function associated with the model perioperatively in a large sample of brain tumor patients.