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William C. Gaetz, PhD

William C. Gaetz, PhD Researcher

Research Associate Professor of Radiology

Dr. Gaetz is employed by Penn Medicine.

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International Society for the Advancement of Clinical Magnetoencephalography (ISACM), International Society for Neuroscience, International The Organization for Human Brain Mapping, International

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Dr. Gaetz is employed by Penn Medicine.


Description of Research Expertise:

I am in interested in assessing the functional significance of cortical oscillations in children using magnetoencephalography (MEG). Increasingly, I am using a multimodal approach where cortical oscillations are interpreted in the context of associated structural (MRI) and molecular (MRS GABA) measures. Results from normative developmental studies are used to detail age dependent change as well as for the interpretation of clinical findings in paediatric populations such as Autism, Friedreich Ataxia and Epilepsy.

Recent work also has focused on somatosensory and motor plasticity following bilateral hand transplantation.

Selected Publications:

YuHanChen JoniSaby EmilyKuschner WilliamGaetz J. ChristopherEdgar Timothy P.L.Roberts : Magnetoencephalography and the infant brain NeuroImage 189 : 445-458,2019.

Naeije, G., Marty, B., Bourguignon, M., Wens, V., Jousmaki, V., Lynch, D., Gaetz, W., Hari, R., Pandolfo, M., Xavier P De Tiège: Evidence for genetically determined degeneration of proprioceptive tracts in Friedreich ataxia NEUROLOGY (In Press) : 2019.

Gaetz W, Rhodes E, Bloy L, Blaskey L, Jackel CR Brodkin ES, Waldman A, Embick D, Hall S, Roberts TP.: Evaluating motor cortical oscillations and age-related change in autism spectrum disorder NeuroImage : 2019.

Blohm G, Alikhanian H, Gaetz W, Goltz HC, DeSouza JF, Cheyne DO, and Crawford JD: Neuromagnetic signatures of the spatiotemporal transformation for manual pointing NeuroImage (in press) : 2019.

Edgar JC, Dipiero M, McBridea E, Green HL, Berman J, Ku M, Liu S, Blaskey L, Kuschner E, Airey M, Ross JL, Bloy L, Kim M, Koppers S, Gaetz W, Roberts TPL: Abnormal maturation of the resting-state peak alpha frequency in children with autism spectrum disorder Human Brain Mapping : (in press),2019.

Hillebrand A, Gaetz W, Furlong PF, Gouw AA, Stam CJ: Editorial in Clinical Neurophysiology for the clinical MEG guidelines by Hari et al.: IFCN-endorsed practical guidelines for clinical magnetoencephalography (MEG) Practical guidelines for clinical magnetoencephalography – Another step towards best practice Clinical Neurophysiology 129 (8): 1709-1711,2018.

Rhodes E, Marsden J, Gaetz W, Hall, S.: Transient alpha and beta synchrony underlies preparatory recruitment of directional motor networks Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 30 (6): 867-875,2018.

R Ishii, RD Pascual-Marqui, L Canuet, J Xiang, WC Gaetz: New insights on Basic and Clinical Aspects of EEG and MEG connectome Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5 (12): 232,2018.

Gaetz W, Kilaru Kessler S, Roberts, TPL, Berman J, Levy T, Hsia M, Humpl D, Schwartz ES, Amaral S, Chang B, Levin S.: Massive cortical reorganization is reversible following bilateral transplants of the hands: Evidence from the first bilateral pediatric hand transplant patient. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology 5 (1): 92-97,2018.

Rhodes E, Kharko A, Gaetz W, Hall S: Post-movement beta rebound inhibits future movement International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Vancouver, Canada 32 ((suppl 2).): 2017.

Academic Contact Info

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (267) 426-2268