Bruce Bolster, PhD

Heads Up Concussion Institute

Bruce Bolster

Bruce Bolster, PhD, is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on the brain basis of cognitive processes  health and disease.   His Ph.D work in Biopsychology at the University of Waterloo, and subsequently at the Neuropsychology Laboratory at Stanford University, used electrophysiological recording to investigate the contribution of visual association cortex to attention and categorization.  His current research uses functional and structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging, in collaboration with scientists at the NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics, to uncover the mechanisms involved in attention, memory, and decision making in human brains.  Recent publications on normal brain function include work on the brain basis of pattern detection, the ability to name pictures, the capacity to shift attention from one visual feature to another, and the systems involved in processing experiences into memory.  Publications in clinical journals describe the impact of acute neurological conditions including temporal lobe epilepsy, focal brain injury, and neurosurgery on cognitive processes in adults.  Other publications describe the impact of developmental syndromes including fetal alcohol disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder on attention, memory and executive processes in children.  Currently he is collaborating with Dr. Sboto-Frankenstein using Diffusion Tensor Imaging to map the white matter pathways that interconnect brain systems involved with distinct cognitive processes.  He is an active member of the Manitoba Concussion Resources Coalition and the Heads-up Institute, and is doing pilot work on the impact of mild traumatic brain injury on brain structure and cognitive function.