Champe Barton

 
Mentor: Dr. Catherine Price
College of Public Health and Health Professions
 
"I want to develop a more thorough understanding of the brain through hands on experience and analysis and I'd like to be able to make sense of the myriad ways in which disease riddles the physical brain and psyche. Looking forward, this more developed understanding will open up opportunities for me to study the emergence of consciousness and, more generally, how complex networks give rise to really fascinatingly mysterious properties like the social intelligence of ants, the synchrony of flashing fireflies, and (as I just mentioned) consciousness."

Major

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and Linguistics

Minor

Classics

Research Interests

  • Consciousness
  • Emergence Theory
  • Space Exploration

Academic Awards

  • Emerging Scholars Program 2015-2016

Organizations

  • Trout Magazine
  • The Independent Florida Alligator

Volunteer

  • Reid-Yulee-Mallory Community Service Director
  • Hollywood Basket Brigade Coordinator

Hobbies and Interests

  • Ursula K. Le Guin Novels
  • Woody Allen Movies
  • Basketball
  • Playing Guitar

Research Description

Neurodegenerative Disease
Currently, I’m learning a neuroimaging software called FreeSurfer that allows for in-depth analysis of brain MRI scans. It’s an important tool for understanding the structure and function of the brain. FreeSurfer allows for visualization and quantification of the densely folded cerebral cortex as well as subcortical structures. During the spring semester of my sophomore year, I’ll be using that software to help Dr. Catherine Price & Dr. Jared Tanner analyze the neuroanatomical differences in Parkinson’s patients in order to improve our understanding of the effects of the disease on the brain. The ultimate goal of this research is to contribute to the development of more effective treatments. The research focuses more broadly on understanding neurodegenerative diseases in general and how relative white matter vs. cortical and subcortical gray matter integrity plays a role in the progression of disease or lack thereof. My role with the research will be to help analyze white and gray matter structure of the brains of individuals with Parkinson’s disease through the FreeSurfer software.