Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Bauer focuses her research on understanding how the visual dysfunctions observed in cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI) relate to brain structure and function. During her doctoral studies, she utilized multi-modal neuroimaging techniques in the development of potential biomarkers for monitoring the progression of Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment. Currently, she applies advanced multimodal MRI techniques to study how the brain adapts vision loss due to both ocular and cerebral causes. Her recent work concentrates on the relationship between brain structure and function with performance on assessments of higher-order visual processing in individuals living with visual impairment.

Selected Publications

Bauer CM, Cabral HJ, Killiany RJ, for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. “It is unclear if adjusting cortical thickness for changes in gray/white matter intensity ratio improves discrimination between normal aging, MCI, and AD.Brain Imaging and Behavior. 2013; 8:133-140.

Cattaneo Z, Bona S, Bauer C, Silvanto J, Herbert A, Vecchi T, Merabet LB. “Symmetry detection in visual impairment: Behavioural evidence and neural correlates.” Symmetry. 2014; 6:427-443.

Bauer CM*, Yazzolino L*, Hirsch G, Cattaneo Z, Vecchi T, and Merabet LB. “Neural correlates associated with superior tactile symmetry perception in the early blind.” Cortex. 2014; 63:104-117. (* equal contributing authors)

Bauer CM, Heidary G, Koo BB, Killiany RJ, Bex P, and Merabet LB. “Abnormal white matter tractography of visual pathways detected by high-angular-resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) corresponds to visual dysfunction in cortical/cerebral visual impairment.” JAAPOS. 2014; 18:398-401.

Merabet, LB, Devaney KJ, Bauer CM, Panja A, Heidary G, and Somers DC. “Characterizing visual field deficits in cerebral/cortical visual impairment (CVI) using combined diffusion based imaging and functional retinotopic mapping: A case study.” Front. Syst. Neurosci. 2016; 10:13.

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2007: B.Mus.A., Piano Performance, University of Western Ontario

2007: B.Sc., Physiology and Psychology, University of Western Ontario

2008: M.A., Bioimaging, Boston University School of Medicine

2013: Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

2013-2016: Senior Research Fellow, Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Academic Appointments


Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships (select)

2008-2011: Association for Women in Science

2009-present: American Academy of Neurology

2010-present: Society for Neuroscience

2012-present: The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment

2013-present: Organization for Human Brain Mapping

2013-present: National Postdoctoral Association

2014-present: International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Honors (select)

2012: Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Award, Boston University School of Medicine

2012: Professional Development Award, Boston University Graduate and Medical Sciences Student Organization

2015: Educational Stipend, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine