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A new study from Prof. Dr. Kader Karlı Oğuz ve Arzu Ceylan HAS has been published in International Journal of Neuroscience. Here, the differences in the white matter structure in the patients with Chronic relapsing inflammatory optic neuropathy (CRION) were studied. Fractional anisotropy, mean diffusivity, radial and axial diffusivity values were calculated in the identified region of interests. At the same time the average difference maps were obtained by TBSS in the patients with CRION. Please see the following link for the full article:

 http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/00207454.2014.896912

Two studies by Assoc.Prof. Oktay Algın have been published. Feasibility of 3D-SPACE sequence is investigated on the evaluation of patients with hydrocephalus in these studies. As a result, 3D-SPACE sequence is proven to be a right, fast and efficient method of diagnosing hydrocephalus. The sequence is also proved  to be efficient on  assessing the condition  after  treatment(shunt or ETV operations).

Feasibility of 3D-SPACE technique on the assessment of CSF was first shown by Dr. Algın 6 years ago on animal experiments. Studies about applications of this sequence  on various fields has been done since then in UMRAM. Please find more details in the links below:   

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25978590
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25859808

A recent paper by Asst. Prof. Emine Ulku Saritas has been published in Medical Physics. This work describes the dependence on duration of the human safety limits for time-varying magnetic fields. The results show for the first time that the nerve stimulation thresholds for magnetic fields decrease with increasing duration and that this effect is independent of frequency.The details of this study can be found at this link

Assistant Professors of UMRAM Tolga Cukur and Emine Ulku Saritas to be deemed to deserve TUBA GEBİP Award in 2015. This prestigious award is given to  the most promising young scientists of the year by The Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA). They are  amongst the 38 scientists this year who has been awarded within the framework of The Young Scientists Award Programme.  The objective of TÜBA-GEBIP is to foster young, outstanding scientists  encourage them to  establish their own research programmes in Turkey. TUBA supports these scientists for a period of three years and helps them set up their own research groups at a stage when they are in need for incentives. 

Dr. Kafaligonul and his colleagues edited a special topic called “Feedforward and Feedback Processes in Vision”. The visual areas are interconnected through ascending feedforward projections, descending feedback projections, and projections from neural structures at the same hierarchical level. In order to provide recent views on the roles of feedforward and feedback projections in vision, around 35 vision scientists (from well-known institutes located in Europe and North America) contributed to this research topic. For a gist of the whole issue, the editorial article can be found at this link. The Ebook can be downloaded from here.


Perception is affected by immediate pattern of sensory inputs and prior experiences acquired through associations. Relatively very little attention has been given to the means by which experiences interact with incoming sensory signals. In a recent study published in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, Can Oluk and Dr. Hulusi Kafaligonul aimed to understand how prior experiences acquired through multisensory associations shape the subsequent motion perception. By using motion types tapping low-level motion mechanisms, they found that audiovisual associations influence low-level motion perception and these associations play a role at early stages of motion processing. For details see this link.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building of Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center which will also home UMRAM took place on April 30,with the attendance of the Minister of Science, İndustry and Technology. The center has been established through a donation agreement between philanthropist Aysel Sabuncu and Bilkent University.

 Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center will also be supported by UMRAM and open to researchers from all universities as the contuniation of  UMRAM tradition. Beside brain research one of the most important purpose of the center is to encourage and promote multidisciplinary research practices which is considered to be the most effective method to pave the way of developing  novel technologies in all fields of science worldwide. Therefore scientists from Turkey and abroad in the fields of medicine, physics, molecular biology and genetics, psychology and engineering will be welcome to use the facilities in the center and also have the opportunity of collaborating with the researchers of other fields. The Sabuncu Brain Research Center will be the first such facility in Turkey.

 Construction which is in Bilkent Cyberpark is scheduled to be completed within a year.