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Dr Rosalyn Moran

Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, University College London



Rosalyn Moran


Current Research: Theoretical Neurobiology & Imaging Neuroscience

My research employs both theoretical and empirical neuroscientific approaches to understand the principles of functional integration in the brain and in particular how neuromodulators shape the dynamics of neuronal communication in health and disease. In relating the macroscopic measures from functional neuroimaging and electrophysiological investigations (including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and local field potentials), to their chemical substrates through models of cortical circuits, my research aims to define and refine the mechanisms underlying human cognition.

This approach takes a particular form, namely, dynamic causal modelling (DCM), which uses variational bayesian techniques, with linear and nonlinear dynamical systems theory, to infer model based physiological processes from empirical data. I apply this approach to human and animal data, examining the interaction of dopamine, acetylcholine and serotonin with ongoing neural activity. Encompassing multiple levels of description, DCM provides a platform by which animal and human probes can be cross-interpreted and translated. One example of this, is in the study of neurodegenerative disease, where the characterisation of pathological circuits in Parkinsonian animal models has informed human circuit analysis in patient populations.

I work in the groups of Professor Karl Friston (Theroretical Neurobiology and Methods) and Professor Ray Dolan (Emotion and Decision Making) as a Senior Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. My research is supported by the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust.






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PhD Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Univeristy College London



Upcoming Talks & Courses

Tube SPM

ION Short Course on Statistical Parametric Mapping,


fMRI SPM Course Zurich

MEG/EEG SPM Course Lyons



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Brain Connectivity Workshop 2012, June 6-8, Chengdu, China



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for Research in Mathematical Sciences

University of Toronto

Focus Program on "Towards Mathematical Modeling of Neurological Disease from Cellular Perspectives"

Parkinson's Disease Workshop, May 22-23, 2012


A Short Course on the Free Energy Principle,

FIL, London July 5th-6th, 2012