Waves propagating through a brain at multiple frequencies. Source: CRIC.

Eric Barnhill

I use medical physics and mathematical methods to study neuroplasticity and human performance.

Shear waves propagating through muscle, and resulting stiffness map. Source: CRIC.
Brain image gaining clarity from multiple multifrequency MRE scans. Sources: CRIC / U. Cambridge.
About Me
I am currently a PhD student in Medical Physics at the University of Edinburgh, where I study muscle and brain using MRI physics. My PhD project centers around computational and image processing methods for the MR Elastography inversion problem. I now collaborate with several MR Elastography labs in the US and Europe contributing data analysis, post-processing and software. My CV is here.

MR Elastography vibrates tissue with acoustic shear waves during the MR scan. It allows for measurement of completely different tissue properties than conventional MRI and the results are highly sensitive to common forms of tissue change such as disease processes, muscle contraction or changes in pressure from the cardiac cycle. Some images from my work are on this page.

Prior to 2011 I was a musician, teacher, and therapist working in the New York City area, where I designed and taught my own method of music-movement therapy called Cognitive Eurhythmics. Case studies and teaching curricula from this period are on the publications page. I have a strong interest in developing the evidence base for music-and-movement based therapeutic interventions, and speak and publish with some frequency in this area.

I went to Haverford College and hail from Madison, Wisconsin. I now live in Edinburgh, Scotland with my wife and son. I wrote an autobiographical article for Haverford's alumni magazine which can be found here.

You can reach me at my name, all one word, all lower case, at gmail dot com.
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