Cary Savage Profile
Cary Savage is the new director for the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. In this video, Dr. Savage talks about his research and his goals for the center.
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- [00:00:00.370]This is really a flagship program in the university:
- [00:00:03.730]built into the stadium, right in the center of campus,
- [00:00:06.170]and clearly with a commitment to make it the best it can be.
- [00:00:09.520]My short-term goals are really to get to know the faculty
- [00:00:13.000]and understanding their research
- [00:00:14.540]and what their strengths are and what their goals are.
- [00:00:17.640]Long-term goals are really increasing our funding,
- [00:00:20.710]our federal funding, for instance from
- [00:00:22.270]The National Institutes of Health,
- [00:00:23.820]the National Science Foundation.
- [00:00:25.850]Another short-term goal is to enhance
- [00:00:27.530]the relationship with athletics
- [00:00:28.860]and really get research started
- [00:00:30.610]in a bigger way than we've had.
- [00:00:32.340]So there already is a process in place,
- [00:00:34.360]and it's a collaboration between CB3 and athletics;
- [00:00:37.230]and basically all the athletes, particularly those
- [00:00:40.320]who are at high risk for concussion,
- [00:00:42.370]for instance football, soccer players,
- [00:00:44.660]they're getting baseline cognitive testing.
- [00:00:47.210]What we want to do now is add MRI into that equation,
- [00:00:50.250]and so have baseline MRIs which will give us
- [00:00:53.180]brain structure, brain structural connectivity,
- [00:00:56.150]and functional connectivity as well.
- [00:00:58.480]We'll have that as a baseline,
- [00:00:59.670]and then after concussion we'll be able
- [00:01:01.340]to bring people in and test them
- [00:01:02.990]and then test them throughout the course of recovery.
- [00:01:05.780]In terms of my research where I'm really focused on
- [00:01:08.530]is the brain basis of health behaviors
- [00:01:10.750]and how we can modify those to improve people's health.
- [00:01:13.870]So for instance, we scan people
- [00:01:16.730]before they embark on weight-loss programs,
- [00:01:18.860]and we look at MRI predictors.
- [00:01:21.110]So can we identify biomarkers that help us understand
- [00:01:24.590]why some people lose weight
- [00:01:26.220]with the idea that eventually we can identify
- [00:01:29.040]and MRI can be a part of identifying biomarkers
- [00:01:32.250]that help us make treatment decisions.
- [00:01:33.960]For instance, putting people on the most effective
- [00:01:36.700]treatment for them based upon what we know
- [00:01:39.470]about their brain function.
- [00:01:41.430]The real exciting thing is our tools are getting better,
- [00:01:44.010]and imaging is a big part of that.
- [00:01:45.570]So we are advancing the imaging tools,
- [00:01:48.540]we're advancing the imaging analysis,
- [00:01:51.040]and that leads to very exciting times.
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