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Nastja  Stamenkovic
Nastja Stamenkovic

Center for Brain Research, Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Position: Research Assistant


Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders; Behavior Control; Behavior, Addictive; Brain; Brain Waves; Cognitive Science; Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders; Diagnostic Techniques, Neurological

Research interests

Like the brain itself, brain research is complex and encompasses the study of Brain Anatomy, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and interrelated disciplines.

The nervous system not only works to produce thoughts, emotions, and behavior, but also controls important body functions, like breathing.

Studying the nervous system advances understanding of our basic biology and body function. Knowing how things typically work can help shed light on what may happen when there are problems. It can help researchers find ways to prevent or treat problems that affect the brain, nervous system, and body.

In addition to examining the normal development and activity of the nervous system, neuroscience studies diseases, disorders, and injuries that affect parts of the nervous system, how it develops, and how well it functions.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Scientists have discovered a new method for quickly and efficiently mapping the vast network of connections among neurons in the brain.

Researchers combined infrared laser stimulation techniques with functional magnetic resonance imaging in animals to generate mapping of connections throughout the brain. The technique was described in a study published in the journal Science Advances.

"This is a revolution in detecting connections in the brain," said senior author Anna Wang Roe, Ph.D., a professor in the Division of Neuroscience at OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center. "The ability to easily map connections in the living brain with high precision opens doors for other applications in medicine and engineering.