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Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre

The Brains Behind BIOTIC...
Each week we`ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the BIOTIC staff.
This week we`re checking in with Ron Bishop, an imaging technologist in the Laboratory for Clinical
Magnetoencephalography (MEG Lab). Ron hails from Paradise, Newfoundland where he grew up before eventually
graduating from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in behavioural neuroscience. Ron moved to
Halifax where he graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master`s of Science in rehabilitation research,
completing his master`s project under the supervision of BIOTIC collaborator Dr. Shaun Boe and BIOTIC Researcher
Dr. Tim Bardouille. Ron joined BIOTIC in August, 2014.
So how does the day of an Imaging Technician usually
unfold?
Usually the first thing I do is check work emails and our
project calendar, as my day is usually based around scans.
Some days there`s scans all the way through so I spend
most of the day tuning the machine, prepping materials
and recording data. If there aren`t any scans, usually I`ll
work on data processing – I do analysis for our Mild
Traumatic Brain Injury study, which mostly consists of preprocessing for Dr. Lauren Petley. I`ll also be starting up a
language mapping study comparing the accuracy of the
MEG and our 3T MRI using epilepsy patients. The goal is to
prove that the MEG is a useful tool for clinical pre-surgical
mapping.
Can you tell us a little about your drumming career?
I started drumming when I was in grade seven! My biggest
influences were Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Tim Alexander
(Primus) and John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) so naturally I
ended up playing in a local heavy metal band named
Apollyon. We played shows all over St. Johns and
Conception Bay. When I couldn`t bring my drums to Halifax
I ended up learning the acoustic guitar. Now I listen to
anything from Iron and Wine to Opeth and Pantera.

Favorite spot in Halifax to unwind after a day in the lab?

Definitely Stillwell. I`m a huge fan of high quality beer
(editors note: he groaned when I said ‘craft beer’). If I
hadn`t gone into Neuroscience I probably would`ve
ended up in the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations
Management diploma program at Niagara College.
What`s the most fascinating part about working in a
research lab?
I`d say being able to continuously learn about the brain
and how it works or doesn`t work. I love learning about
abnormalities and diseases, because you`re trying to find
out what’s wrong or what processes are contributing to
things going wrong. I hope to eventually enroll in medical
school and work in a brain-related field. All the surgeries
I do in my basement turn out okay!
Which BIOTIC project are you most proud to have
worked on?
Dr. Steve Patterson`s MEG study on Alzheimer`s and
Dementia, just because it affects so many people and
I`ve dealt with it in my own family. To be a part of
anything that is going to help families in the future is an
amazing experience.

``My favorite day trip in Nova
Scotia would have to be seeing
the boats and wandering
around Mahone Bay. Either that
or head to Stillwell and stay for
eight hours.``

Ron is currently assisting with projects on mild
traumatic brain injury (concussions), Alzheimer`s,
and pre-surgical functional brain mapping.


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