Christopher Benjamin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology; Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery; Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

Epilepsy; Language; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Memory; Neurology; Neurosurgery; Vision, Ocular

Research Organizations

Neurology: Clinical Neurosciences Imaging Center

Center for Neuroepidemiology and Clinical Neurological Research

Faculty Research

Research Summary

If treatment with medication is not successful, neurosurgery is potentially curative for patients with epilepsy. The ability of these patients to proceed to surgery rests on the surgical team being able to accurately evaluate the likely benefit of surgery, however. A critical component of this evaluation is determining whether surgery could pose any risk to language. While we can identify which half of the brain is critical to language, we do not yet have simple methods for mapping the specific parts important for language within a given hemisphere. My work is currently determining whether a new method is suitable for doing this. We are currently finishing a study of the method’s reliability, and are developing work determining it's validity. We hope this will lead to a new method neuropsychologists and epilepsy teams can use to make sure patients and clinicians have the best information at hand in decision making.

Specialized Terms: Epilepsy, MRI, fMRI, DWI, Language, Memory, Vision

Extensive Research Description

There are currently options for junior researchers to work on the below and related projects.

• Reliability of a novel approach to presurgical language localization. In this study I am examining the reliability of a method of language localization in epilepsy using fMRI. This method is novel as it relies upon a clinician with particular knowledge of the brain's language network, cognition and fMRI to analyze the data. The study is funded by the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

• Validity of a novel method of presurgical language localization. In a related study I am examining the validity of this method by comparing language maps generated by clinicians with separate measures of patients' language function.

• Reliability of a novel approach to presurgical language localization.

• Validity of a novel method of presurgical language localization.

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Contact Info

Christopher Benjamin, PhD
Lab Location
Clinical Neurosciences Imaging CenterClinic Building
789 Howard Avenue, Fl 6th Floor Ste CB643

New Haven, CT 06519
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