Syed Ahmed Hassan, HBSc

SyedEducation

MSc Candidate
Rehabilitation Science, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Thesis Title: Prefrontal Cortex Activity During Dual-Task Performance in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Honours Bachelor of Science, 2014
University of Toronto

Majors: 1) Biochemistry 2) Health & Disease
Minor: Biology

Presentations

Hassan SA, Shakeri S, Castanov V, Anne A. Parametric Modelling and Analysis of Vastus Medialis. 42nd Gallie Day – Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. May 13, 2016.

Oral Presentations

Prefrontal Cortex Activity during Dual Task Performance in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Function and Mobility Research Facility, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. November 28, 2016.

Publications

  • Hassan SA, Castanov V, Shakeri S, Sauks K, Agur A. (2016). Parametric Modelling of Vastus Medialis: Longus and Obliquus. Clinical Anatomy. American Association of Clinical Anatomists Annual Meeting (93).
  • Shakeri S, Castanov V, Hassan SA, Agur A. (2016). Architecture of Articularis Genu: A 3D Volumetric Study. Clinical Anatomy. American Association of Clinical Anatomists Annual Meeting (100-101).

Ongoing Projects

  • Investigation of the relationship between prefrontal cortex activity (e.g. changes in O2Hb) and motor performance in patients with COPD and matched healthy participants while they perform single and dual tasks.
  • Compilation of evidence on the effects of cognitive tasks on prefrontal cortex activity in healthy adults (systematic review).
  • Test-retest reliability of BIOPAC NIRS device during dual-tasking protocol

Future Plans

After completing his MSc, Syed plans to enrol in a PhD program followed by a post-doctoral fellowship. His research interests entail physical activity, mental health and the associated physiology. Syed intends to pursue a teaching assistant appointment in order to practice and further develop an aptitude for teaching, while establishing a strong research base. He hopes to acquire an academic appointment at a university, teaching and conducting research. His goal is to to bring current knowledge to the classroom, while advancing the field.