Rupali Dhond, PhD
Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Neuroscience, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Utah,
Building 149, Room 2301
Charlestown,, MA 02129 USA
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I am interested in mapping the neural substrates of somatosensory perception and understanding how somatosensory stimuli are combined with existing cognitive percepts. Currently, I am investigating how CAM techniques such as acupuncture modify brain activity. Although it is not widely accepted in western medicine, acupuncture has been used for centuries in Asia to treat a broad range of ailments including chronic pain. Unfortunately, the mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its therapeutic effects are largely unknown. In collaboration with Vitaly Napadow and the PPG group, I will be using MEG and fMRI to determine the spatiotemporal pattern of brain activity supporting different types of acupuncture and determine they differ from sham treatment. I am also presently collaborating on studies mapping the semantic and phonological aspects of word encoding.