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Dr. Fullerton’s work has centered on research in the auditory system and teaching of head and neck anatomy, as well as serving as an anatomy consultant in the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Fullerton’s research has involved both neuroanatomical pathways and neurophysiology of the auditory system. Her most recent research concerned the cytoarchitecture of the human auditory cortex and the comparison with that of non-human primate. Previous research included the neuroanatomy of the inferior colliculus, organization of the brainstem motoneurons to the stapedius muscle of the middle ear, and the anatomy of the superior olivary auditory neurons in the human brainstem. Neurophysiological studies involved the neural generators of the brainstem auditory evoked potentials, and MRI-detected changes in the human auditory brainstem pathway in patients with multiple sclerosis.
In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Fullerton is dedicated to medical education and her work in radiation oncology. As anatomical consultant at the Northeast Proton Treatment Center in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, she is responsible for radiological analysis of normal critical structure boundaries of radiation treatment patients.
Comparison of cat and human brain-stem auditory evoked potentials. Fullerton, B.C., Levine, R.A., Hosford-Dunn, H.L., and Kiang, N.Y.S. EEG and Clin. Neurophysiol.,1987, 66:547-570. PMID 2438121
Effect of brainstem lesions on brainstem auditory evoked potentials in the cat. Fullerton, B.C. and Kiang, N.Y.S. Hearing Research, 1990, 49:363-390. PMID 2292507
A dose response analysis of injury to cranial nerves and/or nuclei following proton beam radiation therapy. Urie, M.M., Fullerton, B.C., Tatsuzaki, H., Birnbaum, S., Suit, H.D., Convery, K., Skates,S., and Goitein, M. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Bio. Phys., 1992, 23:27-39.
Effects of multiple sclerosis brainstem lesions on sound lateralization and brainstem auditory evoked potentials. Levine, R.A., Gardner, J.C., Fullerton, B.C., Stufflebeam, S.M., Carlisle, E.W., Furst, M., Rosen, B.R., and Kiang, N.Y.S. Hearing Res., 1993, 68: 73-88. PMID 8376217
Effects of sound bandwidth on fMRI activation in human auditory brainstem nuclei. Hawley, M.L., Melcher, J.R., and Fullerton, B.C. Hear. Res., 2005, 204:101-10. PMID 15925195
Architectonic analysis of the auditory-related areas of the superior temporal region in human brain. Fullerton, B.C. and Pandya, D.N. J. Comp. Neurol., 2007, 504(5): 470-98. PMID 17701981
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