Thesis Project Description:
My PhD project takes place within the frame of the iLab-Spine International Associated Laboratory (LIA). The iLab-Spine unifies the CRMBM-CEMEREM lab (La Timone Hospital, V. Callot) and LBA (Nord Hospital, PJ. Arnoux) in Marseille as well as four Canadian institutions in Montréal around the topics of spine imaging and biomechanics.
The main objective of my PhD project is to develop innovative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) strategies dedicated to functional spinal cord characterization, taking advantage of the ultrahigh field 7T MRI system recently installed at CRMBM-CEMEREM research laboratory. This would help: (i) to identify new biomarkers of spinal cord viability (such as perfusion levels that can not be reached so far on conventional scanner), but also (ii) to investigate risk factors associated to mechanical compression of the cord (spinal cord trauma, cervicarthrosis myelopathy) by deriving virtual human testing with the SM2S finite element model, developed within the iLab-Spine international lab.
Interdisciplinary Research Axis:
M. Sc. A. Biomedical engineering
Polytechnique Montreal, Canada