Translating hemodynamic response: focused interdisciplinary integration is the future of functional neuroimaging

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Translating the hemodynamic response: why focused interdisciplinary integration should matter for the future of functional neuroimaging.

PeerJ. 2019;7:e6621

Authors: Cinciute S

The amount of information acquired with functional neuroimaging techniques, particularly fNIRS and fMRI, is rapidly growing and has enormous potential for studying human brain functioning. Therefore, many scientists focus on solving computational neuroimaging and Big Data issues to advance the discipline. However, the main obstacle-the accurate translation of the hemodynamic response (HR) by the investigation of a physiological phenomenon called neurovascular coupling-is still not fully overcome and, more importantly, often overlooked in this context. This article provides a brief and critical overview of significant findings from cellular biology and in vivo brain physiology with a focus on advancing existing HR modelling paradigms. A brief historical timeline of these disciplines of neuroscience is presented for readers to grasp the concept better, and some possible solutions for further scientific discussion are provided.

PMID: 30941269 [PubMed]

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