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Title: Exploring the Neural Basis of Working Memory: Using Probabilistic Tractography to Examine White Matter Integrity and its Association to Working Memory in Paediatric Brain Tumor Patients
Authors: Law, Nicole
Advisor: Mabbott, Donald
Department: Psychology
Keywords: posterior fossa tumors
DTI tractography
working memory
craniospinal radiation therapy
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2010
Abstract: Paediatric posterior fossa tumors are often effectively controlled with a combination of radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. However, therapeutic craniospinal radiation has been associated with widespread cognitive late effects. Working memory is one such cognitive ability that has yet to be fully examined in this clinical population. Bilateral tracts connecting the cerebellum with the DLPFC were delineated using DTI tractography in all participants, replicating the cerebrocerebellar pathway outlined in an animal model. There were observable differences in white matter integrity (quantified by DTI measures of anisotropy, and mean, axial, and radial diffusivity) of the cerebellum-DLPFC pathway in patients versus controls. Additionally, working memory deficits that were found in patients were correlated with DTI indices pertaining to the cerebellum-DLPFC pathway. Therefore, this thesis is the first to explore the possible relations between white matter integrity of this pathway following treatment for paediatric posterior fossa tumors and working memory function.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18820
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