Jessica Steventon1, 2, David Harrison2, Rebecca Trueman, 23, Simon Brooks2, Anne Rosser2, Derek K. Jones1
1CUBRIC, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom; 2School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom; 3School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Huntingtons Disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterised by brain atrophy and motor deficits. We carried out intensive brain training with HD mice and control mice aiming to replicate previously found functional benefits of cognitive training. Uniquely, we applied in vivo MRI (diffusion MRI and T2 RARE) to assess whether training induced structural changes. This is the first study to both apply in vivo diffusion MRI and tractography based on HARDI algorithms in a mouse model of HD, and demonstrate that tract-specific measurements provide sensitivity to detect microstructural changes as an effect of training, alongside macrostructural changes and functional gain.