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Investigator Profile

Khalafalla Bushara

Khalafalla Bushara, MD

Positions
Staff Physician, Minneapolis VA
Director, University of Minnesota Ataxia Center
Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota
Education
MD University of Khartoum
Contact Information
khalafalla.bushara@va.gov
Research Interests
My research has been in the functional imaging field in humans focusing on the mechanisms by which the brain normally integrates information from different sensory organs to perceive the external world and react by planning and executing movements that are accurate in time and space. Current studies focus on the functions of the cerebellum. Behavioral and functional imaging methods are utilized to investigate the role of the cerebellum in sensory perception and movement coordination. Our current projects aim at defining the role of the cerebellum in sensory perception and sensori-motor integration with an overarching hypothesis that the cerebellum mediates timing of both motor and non-motor operations. I have also been active in collaborating locally and nationally with experts in cerebellar disease and MRI imaging to conduct multi-center studies investigating ataxia pathophysiology , its progression and monitoring novel therapeutic interventions.
Publications
Full bibliography on PubMed
VA Research Topics
Neurology & Neurobiology
MeSH Key Words
Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Cerebellum
Professional Networking
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University of Minnesota profile