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Ko, Ji Hyun

Title & Affiliations: Associate Professor – Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Principal Investigator – PrairieNeuro Research Centre, Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine, Winnipeg Health Science Centre; Core Member – Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, Price Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba

Degrees: PhD

Publication IDs: Google scholar, ORCID, Other

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Brief Bio

Dr. Ji Hyun Ko received his BSc in electrical and computer engineering at Hanyang University (Seoul, South Korea). Then he received PhD in neurological science at McGill University (Montreal). He did his first post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Strafella and trained in functional brain imaging in Parkinson’s disease. Then, he moved to New York to join in Dr. David Eidelberg’s group and trained in multivariate brain imaging analysis in Parkinson’s disease. In 2014, He got appointed to an Assistant Professor in the department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science at the University of Manitoba. He is currently an Associate Professor in the same department.

Research Directions

The overall theme of his research is the realization of “bench to bedside” via developing quantifiable imaging-based biomarkers which can be used for more accurate diagnosis as well as an outcome measurement for novel therapies, e.g., dual-task walking training for Parkinson’s disease and/or cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness skills training. His expertise in kinetic modeling of PET radiotracers and machine learning-based multi-modal brain imaging analysis has been well recognized. He is also interested in the therapeutic use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation, which has a potential clinical application to drug – refractory symptoms.

While Parkinson’s disease has been his primary research interests, his current research interests include Alzheimer’s disease, posttraumatic stress disorders, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and brain tumor via collaboration at local and international settings. His research lab is funded by Weston Brain Institute, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Parkinson Canada, Research Manitoba, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, Health Science Centre Foundation, Manitoba Medical Service Foundation and University of Manitoba.

Job Opportunities

Ko Lab accepts graduate students from two different programs. For details, visit the Ko Lab.


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