School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Carlos Batista

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Carlos Batista and I graduated with a degree in Medicine at the Federal University of Ceara at Brazil in 2006. Since then I have been developing research at PET Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan as a part of a neuroscience team composed by people with different backgrounds (Medicine, Physics, Pharmacology, Psychology etc). Given my interest in neuroscience, I decided to take a step further and achieve a degree in the field, and right now I’m a PhD student from the Translational Neuroscience Program at Wayne State University. The projects I’m currently involved with are related to neurobiology of epileptic diseases. We are wondering how particular conditions, such Tuberous Sclerosis and certain brain malformations, make the neurons fire off widely. Our approach in this endeavor explores tools like neuroimaging and molecular biology techniques, trying to extract as much information from the brain in a relentless pursuit to open the black box of this marvelous organ.

Ars longa,
vita brevis,
occasio praeceps,
experimentum periculosum,
iudicium difficile.


1) Imaging Correlates of Differential Expression of Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase in Human Brain Tumors. Batista CE, Juhász C, Muzik O, Kupsky WJ, Barger G, Chugani HT, Mittal S, Sood S, Chakraborty PK, Chugani DC. Mol Imaging Biol. 2009 May 12.
2) Magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging detects abnormalities in normal-appearing frontal lobe of patients with Sturge-Weber syndrome. Batista CE, Chugani HT, Hu J, Haacke EM, Behen ME, Helder EJ, Juhász C. J Neuroimaging. 2008 Jul;18(3):306-13.
3) Focal decreases of cortical GABAA receptor binding remote from the primary seizure focus: what do they indicate? Juhász C, Asano E, Shah A, Chugani DC, Batista CE, Muzik O, Sood S, Chugani HT. Epilepsia. 2009 Feb;50(2):240-50. Epub 2008 Jul 14.
4) Increased visual cortex glucose metabolism contralateral to angioma in children with Sturge-Weber syndrome. Batista CE, Juhasz C, Muzik O, Chugani DC, Chugani HT. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2007 Aug;49(8):567-73.
5) Transient hypermetabolism of the basal ganglia following perinatal hypoxia. Batista CE, Chugani HT, Juhász C, Behen ME, Shankaran S. Pediatr Neurol. 2007 May;36(5):330-3.
6) Evolution of cortical metabolic abnormalities and their clinical correlates in Sturge-Weber syndrome. Juhasz C, Batista CE, Chugani DC, Muzik O, Chugani HT. Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2007 Sep;11(5):277-84.