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Glenn Wylie, PhD
Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Library
Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation
West Orange, NJ
NMSS Chapter Area: Greater North Jersey
Pilot Research Award: $44,000; 4/1/07-3/31/08

“The neuropsychology of executive control: An fMRI and DTI study” Determining the effects of MS on certain aspects of cognitive function.

Cognitive problems, such as memory loss and decision-making, occur in as many as one half of people with MS. Glenn Wylie, PhD, is examining whether MS affects the cognitive abilities involved in one aspect of decision-making switching from one task to the other.

Switching tasks has been found to involve a specific network of brain areas. Dr. Wylie’s team is using advanced imaging techniques to examine this network of brain areas in 20 people with MS and in 20 controls without MS who are actively engaged in switching tasks.

This study may add to the growing body of research on cognitive issues that affect people with MS, and help to improve cognitive function and quality of life.