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Danielle Reitsma

 

Research Statement:

I am a 5th year graduate student in the Neuroscience Doctoral Program, department of Biophysics (MRI tract).  In the DeYoe lab, my research focuses on understanding the anatomy and neurophysiology of the visual system with and without direct pathology.  I work to develop novel fMRI-based approaches to study visual plasticity in patients with brain pathology. Seeking to optimize our systems-based approach, this work incorporates advanced retinal imaging through collaboration with the Carroll lab at The Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute. We have discovered local “additions” of visual field neural representation in patients with brain damage that may be candidate targets for rehabilitative therapies. We are currently using novel application of computational models and methods to quantify the relationship between pathological retinal fixation and apparent visual field maps in the brain, critical to the interpretation of visual plasticity and rehabilitation research.


Education:

PhD (anticipated 2013), Biomedical Science, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Advanced visual neuroscience coursework: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, NY
BA, Psychology, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

International Studies, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia


Interests: Traveling and outdoor pursuits, frequently hiking. Coffee and local foods. Gardening. Animals, particularly my two canine friends – Watson an English Coonhound and Oscar (the grouch) a Cock-a-Tzu.

Publications:

Reitsma, D. C., Mathis, J., Ulmer, J. L., Mueller, W. M., Maciejewski, M. J., DeYoe, E. A. Atypical retinotopic organization of visual cortex in patients with central brain damage: congenital and adult-onset.  (In Revision, Journal of Neuroscience).

DeYoe, E.A., Ulmer, J., Mueller, W., Hacein-Bey, L., Szeder, V., Maciejeski, M.J., Medler, K., Reitsma, D.C., Mathis, J. 2011. fMRI of Human Visual Pathways. In: Faro, S.H., Mohamed, F.B. eds. Functional Neuroradiology: Principles and Clinical Applications. New York: Springer, pp 485-512.


Abstracts:

Reitsma, D.C., M.J. Maciejewski, V. Szeder, J.L. Ulmer, W.M. Mueller, B.F. Remler, and E.A. DeYoe. Apparent retinotopic reorganization in human visual cortex with central pathology. OSA Fall Vision Meeting. 2011. Seattle, WA.

Reitsma, D.C., M.J. Maciejewski, V. Szeder, J.L. Ulmer, W.M. Mueller, B.F. Remler, and E.A. DeYoe. Functional reorganization in visual cortex with central pathology. Society for Neuroscience, Milwaukee Chapter annual meeting. 2011. Milwaukee, WI.

Reitsma, D.C., M.J. Maciejewski, V. Szeder, J.L. Ulmer, W.M. Mueller, B.F. Remler, and E.A. DeYoe. Functional reorganization of visual cortex with central pathology. Society for Neuroscience. 2010. San Diego, CA. 2010 Neuroscience Meeting Planner Program No. 126.12.

Toussaint, L.L., Reitsma, D.C., Kalpakjian, C. Stress, affect, and pain in polio-survivors. Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. 2008. San Diego, CA. Annals of Behavioral Medicine B189.

Contact:
Danielle Reitsma
DeYoe Lab for Neuroscience Research
The Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-4919
dreitsma@mcw.edu

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