R. J. Rushmore III, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 617-638-4109
Fax: 617-638-4355
Email: rushmore@bu.edu
Location: W-702, BUSM

Dr. Rushmore is interested in the neural circuits underlying visual neglect, in the capacity of the brain to undergo adaptive or maladaptive change following injury or developmental challenges.  He uses invasive and non-invasive reversible deactivation of cerebral cortical areas to study brain function and to encourage restoration of function after brain damage.

Dr. Rushmore has received the 2008 CFA Educator of the Year in Graduate Sciences Award and the 2014 CFA Educator of the Year in Pre-clinical Sciences.  He is the course director and instructor for the first year medical school Neuroscience course and co-directs a graduate course in Advanced Human Neuroanatomy (with Dr. Kathy Rockland).  He also teaches in the Medical Histology, Systems Neuroscience, Methods in Neuroscience, and The Cellular Organization of Tissues courses.  He also teaches neuroanatomy to second year and third year medical students.  He is an adviser for students in the GMS Master of Medical Sciences Program and is an at-large adviser for medical students through the Academy of Advisers.  He is presently the ombudsman for graduate students in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and was the director of the Department graduate programs from 2008-2013.

Selected Recent Publications

Fried PJ, Rushmore RJ,, Moss MB, Valero-Cabré A, Pascual-Leone A.  (2014)  Causal evidence supporting functional dissociation of verbal and spatial working memory in the human dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.  European Journal of Neuroscience 39:1973-81.

Wagner T, Eden U, Rushmore J, Russo CJ, Dipetro L, Fregni F, Simon S, Rotman S, Pitskel NB, Ramos-Estebanez C, Pascual-Leone A, Grodzinsky AJ, Zahn M, Valero-Cabre A.  (2014) Impact of brain tissue filtering on neurostimulation fields: a modeling study.  Neuroimage 85:1048-57.

Rushmore RJ, Desimone C, Valero-Cabre A (2013) Multiple sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation to the intact hemisphere restores visual function after unilateral brain damage.  European Journal of Neuroscience 38:3799-807.

Afifi LM, Rushmore RJ, Valero-Cabre A. (2013)  Benefits of multiple sessions of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for an effective rehabilitation of visuo-spatial function.  European Journal of Neuroscience 37(3):441-54.

Fried P, Elkin-Frankston S, Rushmore RJ, Hilgetag CC, Valero-Cabre A. (2011) Characterization of visual percepts elicited by noninvasive stimulation of the human posterior parietal cortex.  

Elkin-Frankston S, Fried P, Rushmore RJ, Valero-Cabre A (2011) From Qualia to Quantia: A System to Document and Quantify Phosphene Percepts Elicited by Non-Invasive Neurostimulation of the Human Occipital Cortex.  Journal of Neuroscience Methods 198:149-57.

Rushmore RJ, Payne BR, Valero-Cabre A (2010)  Recovery of function following unilateral damage to visuoparietal cortex.  Experimental Brain Research. 203(4):693-700.

MacNeil MA, Purrier S, Rushmore RJ. (2009) The composition of the inner nuclear layer of the cat retina.  Visual Neuroscience.  26(4):365-74.

Rushmore RJ, Rigolo LR, Kopacz A, Afifi L, Valero-Cabre A and Payne BR (2008)  Age-dependent sparing of visual acuity following bilateral lesions of primary visual cortex.  Behavioral Neuroscience 122:1274-83.

Valero-Cabre A, Pascual-Leone A and RJ Rushmore (2008)  Cumulative sessions of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) builds up facilitation to further TMS-mediated behavioral disruptions.  Eur J Neurosci 27: 765-74.

Schweid L, Rushmore RJ and A Valero-Cabre (2008)   Cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on posterior parietal cortex disrupts visuo-spatial processing in the contralateral visual field.  Exp Brain Res 27:765-774.

Rushmore RJ, Valero-Cabre A, Lomber SG, Hilgetag CC and Payne BR. (2006) Functional circuitry underlying neglect and its reversal. Brain 129:1803-1821.

Valero-Cabre A, Rushmore RJ, Payne B. (2006)  Low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on the posterior parietal cortex induces transient contralateral visuo-spatial neglect-like syndrome.  Exp Brain Res. 172:14-21.

Rushmore RJ, Payne BR, Lomber SG. (2005) Functional impact of primary visual cortex deactivation on subcortical target structures in the thalamus and midbrain. Journal of Comparative Neurology 488:414-426.

Payne, B.R. and Rushmore, R.J. Functional circuitry underlying natural and interventional cancellation of visual neglect. Exp. Brain Res., 2004, 154:127-53.