Sarasa Tohyama, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - MGH/HST Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
I obtained my PhD in Neuroscience in 2020 at the University of Toronto and Krembil Brain Institute/Toronto Western Hospital in Canada. My research focused on the utility of DTI to advance clinical decision making for patients with chronic pain, with a special focus on the trigeminal neuralgia population and their response to neurosurgical treatments. I am currently a Research Fellow at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Bridging my research area from my PhD, I will be studying the brain mechanisms of patients with chronic pain and their response to multimodal non-pharmacological treatments using DTI and fMRI approaches. My main project combines novel mind-body therapies of mindfulness meditation and vagus nerve stimulation and applies ultrahigh field 7 Tesla MRI to investigate brain-based mechanisms and therapeutic outcomes for migraine.