Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology
(Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience)
Callum Frost Professor in Translational Research in Autism
Joined SFU in September 2015
Our ability to unravel the biological mechanisms underpinning behaviour and the mind is expanding. Imaging techniques are critical to brain research, and advances in the development of these tools are fuelled by the rapidly moving fields of computing science and biology. Dr. Doesburg’s research program leverages brain imaging technology to probe the effectiveness of intervention strategies for autism and ultimately establish a clear, scientifically-founded basis for autism treatments.
What motivated you to pursue a career in science?
I was fascinated with the mind and psychology. During university I realized that, to understand the mind you need to understand the underlying biological processes of the brain.
Where is your research program based?
Simon Fraser University (SFU) has science research facilities on the Burnaby and Surrey campuses, as well as space at Surrey Memorial Hospital where SFU will lead the new ImageTech Lab to facilitate translational brain research. The lab will have a research-dedicated magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, making it the only Canadian lab west of Toronto to have this combined research capacity. Having these instruments integrated at the hospital is a bonus in terms of accelerating translational research.
My research also involves infrastructure on SFU’s Burnaby campus, such as the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which we will use in combination with the brain imaging technologies to test hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for autism.