Epilepsy Neuroinformatics Group

Our group undertakes advanced neuroimaging analysis methods development and applied research to further our understanding of the human brain in health and disease.

Our work is being translated to healthcare in clinical research programs including the ground-breaking Australian Epilepsy Project. This is delivering advanced clinical decision support to treating clinicians to improve the lives of people with epilepsy.

Research interests

  • Epilepsy
  • MRI
  • Cognition
  • Neuroinformatics
  • Neuroimaging

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Diffusion MRI and fixel-based analysis (FBA)
  • EEG, particularly when acquired simultaneously with fMRI

About our research

The work our group conducts is relevant to a wide range of brain mapping applications. A particular emphasis of the research is towards methods that can help better understand the causes and consequences of epileptic seizures. This includes implementing, developing and applying advanced image analysis procedures for structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) – including simultaneous EEG and fMRI. These non-invasive imaging modalities, together with advanced computational methods, are capable of mapping human brain activity at millimeter spatial resolution and millisecond temporal resolution.

Our scientists work collaboratively with local and international clinical research teams, sharing analysis methods and data in a multidisciplinary pursuit of discovery.

The Epilepsy Neuroinformatics Group has a range of publicly available software for download.

Research team

Research team head

Team members

Dr Bahman Tahayori

Research Fellow

Dr Robert Smith

Research Fellow

Research and technical staff

  • Dr Aaron Capon

Masters students

  • Madeleine Bullock

PhD students

  • Vicky He
  • Naoto Nagino
  • Philip Pruckner
  • Lea Vinokur

Selected publications

  • Bullock M, Jackson GD and Abbott DF (2021), ‘Artifact reduction in simultaneous EEG-fMRI: a systematic review of methods and contemporary usage, Frontiers in Neurology, 12:622719, doi:10.3389/fneur.2021.622719
  • Pedersen M, Verspoor K, Jenkinson M, Law M, Abbott DF, Jackson GD (2020), ‘Artificial intelligence for clinical decision support in neurology’, Brain Communications, 9;2(2):fcaa096, doi: 10.1093/braincomms/fcaa096
  • Warren AEL, Harvey AS, Vogrin SJ, Bailey C, Davidson A, Jackson GD, Abbott DF, Archer JS, ‘The epileptic network of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome: cortically driven and reproducible across age’, Neurology, 93(3):e215-e226, doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000007775
  • Tournier JD, Smith R, Raffelt D, Tabbara R, Dhollander T, Pietsch M, Christiaens D, Jeurissen B, Yeh CH and Connelly A, (2019), ‘MRtrix3: A fast, flexible and open software framework for medical image processing and visualisation’, NeuroImage, 202:116137, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116137
  • Smith R, Raffelt D, Tournier JD, Connelly A (2022), ‘Quantitative streamlines tractography: methods and inter-subject normalisation’, Aperture Neuro, 2:1–23,  doi:10.52294/apertureneuro.2022.2.neod9565

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