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Peter Šereš, MScE

MR Research Associate
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta

Scanner operation, MR System Maintenance/Engineering

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B.Sc. (1999) Information Science, Slovak Technical University, Slovak Rep.
M.Sc.E. (2001) Automation & Control, Slovak Technical University, Slovak Rep.

Joined University of Alberta in March 2003

My responsibilities are to provide MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) experiments and analysis for the researchers using Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre, both in development of new techniques as well as in clinical research; also to provide technical support - in terms of MRI and ancillary equipment and computer/network infrastructure.

Collaborators are from a variety of faculties and departments across the University of Alberta, such as Dept. of Neurology research (Dr. Kalra, Dr. Blevins, Dr. Gross), Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - spinal cord injury research (Dr. Mushahwar) and Dept. of Biomedical Engineering research (Dr. Malykhin, Dr. Wilman).

My main area of expertise is neuro imaging, functional MRI and MR Spectroscopy in particular, with additional focus on new methods such as QSM (quantitative susceptibility mapping) as well as MSK imaging and high-resolution imaging, using all magnets and platforms we have available. These techniques are allowing us to observe changes in brain functionality, changes in the brain metabolites, or evaluate iron content in-vivo.
Current studies cover research of neurological disorders, such as ALS and Multiple sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injuries (human and pre-clinical research).
I'm also involved in collaborating in several mutli-site research studies, which bring the unique challanges of having to understand limitations of different vendors and platforms used in the MRI field. because of this I have gained some basic understanding of GE and Philips systems as well.

Analysis includes programming in MATLAB as well as using commercial software packages, such as LCModel.
I also assist our Senior Engineer, Karim Damji, in system maintenance and troubleshooting.

I have volunteered as Web Editor for International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in 2009-2013.

As you can see from my educational information, I come from a small Central-European country, Slovak Republic (Slovakia) (part of former Czechoslovakia). After finishing my university studies (and gathering some experience as network administrator at the same time) I moved to Dusseldorf, Germany for a year. I worked in the Endocrinology Research Lab at the University Hospital. I live in Edmonton, AB since January 2003. Since January 2007 I am proud to be a Canadian Citizen.

Relevant Publications

  • Aghamohammadi-Sereshki A, Olsen F, Seres P, Malykhin N. Selective effects of healthy cognitive aging and Catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) polymorphism on limbic white matter tracts. Brain Connect. 2021 May 20. doi: 10.1089/brain.2020.0919. Online ahead of print. [PMID: 34015958 ]
  • Pietrosanu M, Zhang L, Seres P, Elkady A, Wilman AH, Kong L, Cobzas D. Stable Anatomy Detection in Multimodal Imaging Through Sparse Group Regularization: A Comparative Study of Iron Accumulation in the Aging Brain. Front Hum Neurosci. 2021 Feb 23;15:641616. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.641616. eCollection 2021. [PMID: 33708081 ]
  • Hrybouski S, Cribben I, McGonigle J, Olsen F, Carter R, Seres P, Madan CR, Malykhin NV. Investigating the effects of healthy cognitive aging on brain functional connectivity using 4.7 T resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging. Brain Struct Funct. 2021 May;226(4):1067-1098. doi: 10.1007/s00429-021-02226-7. Epub 2021 Feb 18. [PMID: 33604746 ]
  • Aghamohammadi-Sereshki A, Coupland NJ, Silverstone PH, Huang Y, Hegadoren KM, Carter R, Seres P, Malykhin NV. Effects of childhood adversity on the volumes of the amygdala subnuclei and hippocampal subfields in individuals with major depressive disorder. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2021 Jan 21;46(1):E186-E195. doi: 10.1503/jpn.200034. [PMID: 33497169 ]
  • Toossi A, Bergin B, Marefatallah M, Parhizi B, Tyreman N, Everaert DG, Rezaei S, Seres P, Gatenby JC, Perlmutter SI, Mushahwar VK. Comparative neuroanatomy of the lumbosacral spinal cord of the rat, cat, pig, monkey, and human. Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 21;11(1):1955. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-81371-9. [PMID: 33479371 ]
  • Chenji S, Ishaque A, Mah D, Fujiwara E, Beaulieu C, Seres P, Graham SJ, Frayne R, Zinman L, Genge A, Korngut L, Johnston W, Kalra S; Canadian ALS Neuroimaging Consortium (CALSNIC). Neuroanatomical associations of the Edinburgh cognitive and Behavioural ALS screen (ECAS). Brain Imaging Behav. 2020 Nov 5. doi: 10.1007/s11682-020-00359-7. Online ahead of print. [PMID: 33155172 ]
  • Dai Z, Kalra S, Mah D, Seres P, Sun H, Wu R, Wilman AH. Amide signal intensities may be reduced in the motor cortex and the corticospinal tract of ALS patients. Eur Radiol. 2020 Sep 9. doi: 10.1007/s00330-020-07243-4. Online ahead of print. [PMID: 32909054 ]
  • Carter LN, Addison O, Naji N, Seres P, Wilman AH, Shepherd DET, Grover L, Cox S. Reducing MRI Susceptibility Artefacts in Implants Using Additively Manufactured Porous Ti-6Al-4V Structures. Acta Biomater. 2020 Feb 28. pii: S1742-7061(20)30126-4. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2020.02.038. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 32119921 ]
  • Ta D, Khan M, Ishaque A, Seres P, Eurich D, Yang YH, Kalra S. Reliability of 3D texture analysis: A multicenter MRI study of the brain. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2019 Aug 18. doi: 10.1002/jmri.26904. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 31423714 ]
  • Srivastava O, Hanstock C, Chenji S, Mah D, Eurich D, Ta D, Seres P, Luk C, Zinman L, Abrahao A, Graham SJ, Genge A, Korngut L, Frayne R, Kalra S. Cerebral degeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A prospective multicenter magnetic resonance spectroscopy study Neurol Clin Pract Jun 2019, 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000674; DOI: 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000674 [PMID: 31750025 ]
  • Elkady AM, Cobzas D, Sun H, Seres P, Blevins G, Wilman AH. Five Year Iron Changes in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Deep Gray Matter Compared to Healthy Controls Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2019 Aug;33:107-115. doi: 10.1016/j.msard.2019.05.028. Epub 2019 May 31 [PMID: 31181540 ]
  • Hrybouski S, MacGillivray M, Huang Y, Madan CR, Carter R, Seres P, Malykhin NV. Involvement of hippocampal subfields and anterior-posterior subregions in encoding and retrieval of item, spatial, and associative memories: Longitudinal versus transverse axis Neuroimage. 2019 May 1;191:568-586. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.01.061. Epub 2019 Feb 8. [PMID: 30742981 ]
  • Ishaque A, Mah D, Seres P, Luk C, Eurich D, Johnston W, Yang YH, Kalra S. Evaluating the cerebral correlates of survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2018 Sep 23;5(11):1350-1361. doi: 10.1002/acn3.655. eCollection 2018 Nov. [PMID: 30480029 ]
  • Ishaque A, Mah D, Seres P, Luk C, Johnston W, Chenji S, Beaulieu C, Yang YH, Kalra S. Corticospinal tract degeneration in ALS unmasked in T1-weighted images using texture analysis. Hum Brain Mapp. 2018 Oct 27. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24437. [PMID: 30367724 ]
  • Ishaque A, Maani R, Satkunam J, Seres P, Mah D, Wilman AH, Naik S, Yang YH, Kalra S. Texture Analysis to Detect Cerebral Degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Can J Neurol Sci. 2018 Sep;45(5):533-539. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2018.267. [PMID: 30234470 ]
  • Ishaque A, Mah D, Seres P, Luk C, Eurich D, Johnston W, Yang Y, Kalra S. Evaluating the cerebral correlates of survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 2018 [] [PMID: 30480029 ]
  • Toossi A, Everaert DG, Seres P, Jaremko JL, Robinson K, Kao CC, Konrad PE, Mushahwar VK. Ultrasound-guided spinal stereotactic system for intraspinal implants. J Neurosurg Spine. 2018 Jun 15:1-14. doi: 10.3171/2018.1.SPINE17903. [PMID: 29905525 ]
  • Crocker CE, Purdon SE, Hanstock CC, Lakusta B, Seres P, Tibbo PG. Enduring changes in brain metabolites and executive functioning in abstinent cocaine users. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Jun 28;178:435-442. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.04.034. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 28710968 ]
  • Fujiwara E, Kmech JA, Cobzas D, Sun H, Seres P, Blevins G, Wilman AH. Cognitive Implications of Deep Gray Matter Iron in Multiple Sclerosis AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Feb 23. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5109. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 28232497 ]
  • Dimond D, Ishaque A, Chenji S, Mah D, Chen Z, Seres P, Beaulieu C, Kalra S. White matter structural network abnormalities underlie executive dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 Oct 31. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23452 [PMID: 27796080 ]
  • Sun H, Seres P, Wilman AH. Structural and functional quantitative susceptibility mapping from standard fMRI studies. NMR Biomed. 2016 Sep 30. doi: 10.1002/nbm.3619. [PMID: 27687150 ]
  • Chenji S, Wilman AH, Mah D, Seres P, Genge A, Kalra S. Hair product artifact in magnetic resonance imaging. Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Aug 30;35:1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.mri.2016.08.023. [PMID: 27590880 ]
  • Chenji S, Jha S, Lee D, Brown M, Seres P, Mah D, Kalra S. Investigating Default Mode and Sensorimotor Network Connectivity in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 20;11(6):e0157443. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157443. eCollection 2016. [PMID: 27322194 ]
  • Travis SG, Coupland NJ, Hegadoren K, Silverstone PH, Huang Y, Carter R, Fujiwara E, Seres P, Malykhin NV. Effects of cortisol on hippocampal subfields volumes and memory performance in healthy control subjects and patients with major depressive disorder. J Affect Disord. 2016 Sep 1;201:34-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.04.049. Epub 2016 Apr 25. [PMID: 27162154 ]
  • Hrybouski S, Aghamohammadi-Sereshki A, Madan CR, Shafer AT, Baron CA, Seres P, Beaulieu C, Olsen F, Malykhin NV. Amygdala subnuclei response and connectivity during emotional processing. Neuroimage. 2016 Jun;133:98-110. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.02.056. Epub 2016 Feb 27. [PMID: 26926791 ]
  • Uddin MN, Lebel RM, Seres P, Blevins G, Wilman AH. Spin echo transverse relaxation and atrophy in multiple sclerosis deep gray matter: A two-year longitudinal study. Mult Scler. 2015 Oct 26. pii: 1352458515614091. [PMID: 26503237 ]
  • Travis S, Coupland NJ, Silversone PH, Huang Y, Fujiwara E, Carter R, Seres P, Malykhin NV. Dentate gyrus volume and memory performance in major depressive disorder. J Affect Disord. 2014 Oct 13;172C:159-164. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.09.048. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 25451411 ]
  • Crocker CE, Bernier DC, Hanstock CC, Lakusta B, Purdon SE, Seres P, Tibbo PG. Prefrontal glutamate levels differentiate early phase schizophrenia and methamphetamine addiction: A 1H MRS study at 3Tesla. Schizophr Res. 2014 Jun 3. [PMID: 24906219 ]
  • High field structural MRI reveals specific episodic memory correlates in the subfields of the hippocampus. Travis SG, Huang Y, Fujiwara E, Radomski A, Olsen F, Carter R, Seres P, Malykhin NV. Neuropsychologia. 2014 Jan [PMID: 24296251]
  • Walsh AJ, Blevins G, Lebel RM, Seres P, Emery DJ, Wilman AH. Longitudinal MR Imaging of Iron in Multiple Sclerosis: An Imaging Marker of Disease. Radiology. 2013 Aug 7. [PMID: 23925273]
  • Huang Y, Coupland NJ, Lebel RM, Carter R, Seres P, Wilman AH, Malykhin NV. Structural Changes in Hippocampal Subfields in Major Depressive Disorder: A High-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Feb 15. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 23419546]
  • Solis LR, Twist E, Seres P, Thompson RB, Mushahwar VK. Prevention of Deep Tissue Injury through Muscle Contractions induced by Intermittent Electrical Stimulation after Spinal Cord Injury in Pigs. J Appl Physiol. 2012 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 23172030]
  • McEwen AM, Burgess DT, Hanstock CC, Seres P, Khalili P, Newman SC, Baker GB, Mitchell ND, Khudabux-Der J, Allen PS, Lemelledo JM. Increased Glutamate Levels in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex in Patients with Postpartum Depression. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2012 Oct;37(11):2428-35. doi: 10.1038/npp.2012.101. Epub 2012 Jul 18 [PMID: 22805604]
  • Tibbo PG, Bernier D, Hanstock CC, Seres P, Lakusta B, Purdon SE. 3-T proton magnetic spectroscopy in unmedicated first episode psychosis: A focus on creatine. Magn Reson Med. 2012 Apr 17. doi: 10.1002/mrm.24291. [PMID: 22511463]
  • Solis LR, Liggins AB, Seres P, Uwiera RR, Poppe NR, Pehowich E, Thompson RB, Mushahwar VK. Distribution of Internal Strains Around Bony Prominences in Pigs. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 Mar 8. [PMID: 22399330]
  • Solis LR, Liggins A, Uwiera RR, Poppe N, Pehowich E, Seres P, Thompson RB, Mushahwar VK. Distribution of Internal Pressure around Bony Prominences: Implications to Deep Tissue Injury and Effectiveness of Intermittent Electrical Stimulation. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 Feb 22. [PMID: 22354272]
  • Malykhin NV, Carter R, Hegadoren KM, Seres P, Coupland NJ. Fronto-limbic volumetric changes in major depressive disorder. J Affect Disord. 2012 Feb;136(3):1104-13. Epub 2011 Nov 30. [PMID: 22134041]
  • Lebel RM, Eissa A, Seres P, Blevins G, Wilman AH. Quantitative high field imaging of sub-cortical gray matter in multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2011 Oct 27. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 22032862]
  • Usman U, Choi C, Camicioli R, Seres P, Lynch M, Sekhon R, Johnston W, Kalra S. Mesial Prefrontal Cortex Degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A High-Field Proton MR Spectroscopy Study. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Jul 21. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 21778247]
  • Malykhin N., Vahidy S., Michielse S., Coupland N., Camicioli R., Seres P., Carter R. Structural organization of the prefrontal white matter pathways in the adult and aging brain measured by diffusion tensor imaging. Brain Struct Funct. 2011 May 11. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 21072594]
  • Curtis C.A., Chong S.L., Kornelsen I., Uwiera R.R., Seres P., Mushahwar V.K. The effects of intermittent electrical stimulation on the prevention of deep tissue injury: varying loads and stimulation paradigms. Artif Organs. 2011 Mar;35(3):226-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1594.2011.01212.x. [PMID: 21072594]
  • Solis L.R., Gyawali S., Seres P., Curtis C.A., Chong S.L., Thompson R.B., Mushahwar V.K. Effects of Intermittent Electrical Stimulation on Superficial Pressure, Tissue Oxygenation, and Discomfort Levels for the Prevention of Deep Tissue Injury. Ann Biomed Eng. 2011 Feb;39(2):649-63. Epub 2010 Nov 12 [PMID: 21072594]
  • Gyawali S., Solis L.R., Chong S.L., Curtis C.A., Seres P., Kornelsen I., Thompson R.B., Mushahwar V.K. Intermittent electrical stimulation redistributes pressure and promotes tissue oxygenation in loaded muscles of individuals with spinal cord injury. J Appl Physiol. 2011 Jan;110(1):246-55. Epub 2010 Sep 30 [PMID: 20884840]
  • Malykhin N.V., Carter R., Seres P., Coupland N.J. Structural changes in the hippocampus in major depressive disorder: contributions of disease and treatment. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2010 Sep;35(5):337-43. [PMID: 20731966]
  • Michielse S., Coupland N., Camicioli R., Carter R., Seres P., Sabino J., Malykhin N. Selective effects of aging on brain white matter microstructure: a diffusion tensor imaging tractography study. Neuroimage. 2010 Oct 1;52(4):1190-201. Epub 2010 May 17. [PMID: 20483378]
  • Woodward N.D., Waldie B., Rogers B., Tibbo P., Seres P., Purdon S.E. Abnormal prefrontal cortical activity and connectivity during response selection in first episode psychosis, chronic schizophrenia, and unaffected siblings of individuals with schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2009 Apr;109(1-3):182-90. [PMID: 19179050]
  • Malykhin N., Concha L., Seres P., Beaulieu C., Coupland N.J. Diffusion tensor imaging tractography and reliability analysis for limbic and paralimbic white matter tracts. Psychiatry Res. 2008 Nov 30;164(2):132-42. Epub 2008 Oct 21 [PMID: 18945599]
  • McGrath B.M., McKay R., Dave S., Seres P., Weljie A.M., Slupsky C.M., Hanstock C.C., Greenshaw A.J., Silverstone P.H. Acute dextro-amphetamine administration does not alter brain myo-inositol levels in humans and animals: MRS investigations at 3 and 18.8T. Neurosci Res. 2008 Apr 18; 61(4):351-359 [PMID: 18508145]
  • Purdon S.E., Valiakalayil A., Hanstock C.C., Seres P., Tibbo P.. Elevated 3T Proton MRS Glutamate Levels Associated with Poor Continuous Performance Test (CPT-0X) Scores and Genetic Risk for Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. 2008 Feb;99(1-3):218-24 [PMID: 18248960]
  • Choi C., Bhardwaj P.P., Seres P., Kalra S., Tibbo P.G., Coupland N.J.. Measurement of glycine in human brain by triple refocusing (1)H-MRS in vivo at 3.0T. Magn Reson Med. 2008 Jan;59(1):59-64 [PMID: 18050319]
  • Batra N.A., Seres-Mailo J., Hanstock C., Seres P., Khudabux J., Bellavance F., Baker G., Allen P., Tibbo P., Hui E., Le Melledo J.M. Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Measurement of Brain Glutamate Levels in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2007 Nov 29 [PMID: 18061146]
  • Malykhin N.V., Bouchard T.P., Ogilvie C.J., Coupland N.J., Seres P., Camicioli R. Three-dimensional volumetric analysis and reconstruction of amygdala and hippocampal head, body and tail. Psychiatry Res 2007 Jul 15;155(2):155-65. Epub 2007 May 9 [PMID: 17493789]
  • Shulman Y., Grant S., Seres P., Hanstock C., Baker G., Tibbo P., The relation between peripheral and central glutamate and glutamine in healthy male volunteers. J Psychiatry Neurosci 2006;31(6):406-10 [PMID: 17136218]
  • Coupland N.J., Ogilvie C.J., Hegadoren K.M., Seres P., Hanstock C.C., Allen P.S. , Decreased prefrontal Myo-inositol in major depressive disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2005 Jun 15;57(12):1526-34. [PMID: 15953489]

Other Publications

  • Seres J., Bornstein S.R., Seres P., Willenberg H.S., Schulte K.M., Scherbaum W.A., Ehrhart-Bornstein M., Corticotropin-releasing hormone system in human adipose tissue., J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Feb;89(2):965-70. [PMID: 14764822]