Michael Funke, MD., Ph.D.
Email: michael.funke@hsc.utah.edu
Phone: (801) 585-6840
Fax: (801) 585-5240

Background


My medical career started at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany where I attended medical school and then graduated in 1989.

Since 1987 I have been involved in electro-neurophysiology research in the Institute of Pathological Physiology of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena where electro-neurophysiology has a long tradition. It was here that Hans Berger, chairman of the Department of Neurology until 1942, discovered the human EEG.

I have worked in various fields such as neonatal polygraphy and animal EEG experiments as well as qEEG analysis and pharmaceutical studies. In 1995 the University in Jena installed a Philips MEG system. At that time I conducted research in simultaneous MEG and EEG using realistically shaped volume conductor models. Furthermore I was involved in MEG pre-surgical mapping in brain tumor patients. It was 1997 when I earned my Ph.D. in human medicine at the University in Jena

I joined the MEG research program at the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah in December 1997. I have been responsible for analyzing adult and childhood epilepsy cases and presenting the results at the weekly case conference of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program of the University Hospital.

Current Responsibilities

As the director of UUMSI I will be responsible for infrastructure and all research and clinical operations, utilization of the MEG system, staff supervision. Additionally, I assist with colleague grant proposals, recruitment of staff and students, as well as conducting department/division research projects.

My Vision

My long term goal is to help to make MSI a valuable clinical diagnostic tool. This will keep me busy for the next few years. My other goal is to successfully compete for an altitude record in amateur rocketry. I am not quiet sure yet what goal will take me longer to achieve.


Recent Publications

E. Rodin, M. Funke, P. Berg, F. Matsuo, Magnetoencephalographic Spikes not detected by Conventional Electroencephalography, submitted to Clinical Neurophysiology

Moore KR, Funke ME, Constantino C, Katzman GL, Lewine JD: Integration of MEG and high-resolution surface-coil MR imaging improves the identification of epileptogenic lesions in patients with neocortical epilepsies. Radiology, 2002 ;225 (3):880-7

Funke M, Matsuo F, Constantino T: A pilot study to examine concordance of epileptiform MEG and EEG transients in mesial-temporal epilepsy. Clinical Neurophysiology 112 (2001) 2329

Gross RE, Dean AC, Lewine J, Chong B, Jones G, Funke ME, MacDonald P: The Relationship of Magnetic Source Imaging to Ictal Electrocorticography in a Neuronavigational Workspace. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg; 2000, 73: 109-114

Lewine JD, Andrews R, Chez M, Patil AA, Devinsky O, Smith M, Kanner A, Davis JT, Funke M, Jones GM, Chong BW, Provencal C, Weisend M, Lee RR and Orrison WW: Magnetoencephalographic patterns of epileptiform activity in children with regressive Autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics. 1999; 104: 405-418

Funke M, Fiehler J, Mewes I, Eiselt M, Rother I, Windisch M: Dose-dependent effects of Cerebrolysin on EEG and short-term memory of healthy volunteers during control and hyperventilation induced cerebral ischemia. Journal of Neural Transmission. 53 (1998):385-398