Jurriaan Peters will be completing his training as a child neurologist by the summer of 2012 and has additional expertise in pediatric epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. His research focuses on signal processing of the human electroencephalogram (EEG) , aiming for an increased objectivity of EEG interpretation in clinical setting. A related goal is to increase availability to the non-neurophysiologist by translating the signal into colors, numbers or graphs – to facilitate clinical use in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and during surgical monitoring in the Operating Room (OR).
In the Computational Radiology Laboratory, his research is focused on establishing imaging correlations of neurological phenotype in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), a neurocutaneous disorder strongly but unpredictably associated with epilepsy, cognitive disability and autism. He has recently used Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and tractography to demonstrate a relation between white matter microstructural properties of a major long-range interhemispheric fiber tract and the presence of autism in TSC. He currently explores this finding of decreased interhemispheric connectivity further by using EEG to assess functional correlates of the abnormal microstructure.