Dr Yaara Erez

University of Cambridge

Dr Yaara Erez is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge. As a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, the focus of her research is the brain systems that support executive function in health and disease. In her clinical research, she develops new techniques for functional mapping during awake surgeries for patients with low grade gliomas. The aim is to optimise the balance between resection and preservation of cognitive function to achieve high quality of life following surgery.

Dr Erez is trained in computer science, psychology, and systems neuroscience. She uses multiple techniques in her research, including functional MRI, electrocorticography (ECoG) and computational methods. Combining multiple modalities is key in her approach in order to obtain detailed picture of the underlying neural mechanisms and tailor treatments for individual patients.

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Cognitive mapping during awake surgeries for patients with brain tumours

Some patients with low grade gliomas undergo awake neurosurgery to remove the tumour. During surgery, patients perform different cognitive tasks to guide the resection and preserve essential cognitive function. I will present our recent efforts to develop new patient-tailored techniques for intraoperative functional mapping, and particularly using electrocorticography (ECoG) to identify neural activity related to executive function, with the overall aim of achieving high quality of life following surgery.

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