Context

Non-invasive application of red/infrared light (photobiomodulation) can protect cells from ageing and improve neurological and psychological conditions such as brain injury, stroke, dementia, depression and general age-related decline. However, widespread clinical use of the treatment is limited because of an incomplete understanding of how it works.

The research

Based on animal models, the leading theory suggests red/infrared light improves function of mitochondria ('powerhouses' of the cell), increasing energy (ATP) production. Our project uses computational modelling of light penetration and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to measure biomarkers of mitochondrial function noninvasively in the human brain and quantify the effects of photobiomodulation.

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York Neuroimaging Centre
reception@ynic.york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 435346
+44 (0)1904 435356
York Neuroimaging Centre, The Biocentre, York Science Park, Heslington, York YO10 5NY
@UOY_YNiC

Featured researcher
Heidi Baseler

Heidi Baseler

Dr Baseler's research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms specialised for processing central and peripheral vision, and how these mechanisms respond to sensory loss (visual or auditory).

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Featured researcher
Aneurin Kennerley

Aneurin Kennerley

Dr Kennerley's research concerns the application and development of novel multi-model biomedical imaging systems towards answering important and clinically relevant questions.

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Contact us

York Neuroimaging Centre
reception@ynic.york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 435346
+44 (0)1904 435356
York Neuroimaging Centre, The Biocentre, York Science Park, Heslington, York YO10 5NY
@UOY_YNiC