...for a seed grant to probe applications of non-invasive brain stimulation using tDCS. We look forward to collaborating with Dr. Kirton!
Congratulations to Mark Krongold whose MSc thesis work on coordinated gray matter development is now online in Cerebral Cortex. Check out the abstract here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26656727
Christiane will be presenting her work on functional connectivity during early development at the 45th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, October 17-21. Thank you to the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for awarding her a travel award to attend the meeting!
Come and meet us at the 16th Annual Allies for Autism Family Walk/Run. Some of us will be running the 5k race and we'll bring some cool brain drawings to colour, as well as bubbles and other fun things for the kids. Looking forward to it!
UPDATE: We had an amazing time at this year's Allies for Autism Walk/Run. We had some true artists coming to our table and were impressed by kids who could name some of the lobes of the brain. Manu and Signe enjoyed the run through beautiful Fish Creek Park and Signe even won the 10k race. Congratulations.
A big thank you to Allies for Autism for organising this event and connecting people. We're looking forward to next year.
... for being an awesome Summer Student. Siena worked with ASL data that we collected at the 3T MRI Scanner at the Alberta Children's Hospital and helped out scanning new participants whenever possible. She gave a great oral presentation at the Seaman MR Center on "Quantifying cerebral blood perfusion in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder using arterial spin labeling" and her abstract was chosen for a poster presentation at the ACHRI Summer Student Research Day.
We have been collaborating for over a year with Dr. Mallar Chakravarty on a project examining volumetric differences in subcortical structures in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Manu is currently visiting his lab where she will learn how to use the tools his group developed to do automated segmentation on subcortical structures from a multi-site dataset.
Besides the research, she's enjoying some real poutine, exploring the city and being able to brush up her French a bit.
We would like to thank ACHRI for funding her stay at the Douglas Institute.
If there was an award for research assistant of the year, Sarah would get it. Sarah has been in the lab for 1 1/2 years and has made huge contributions to our projects. We're especially grateful for her help with the recruitment and testing of participants for both our "ASD Learning" and "Visual Attention" studies. Her work on functional connectivity during childhood and adolescence was published in the Journal of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. If you haven't checked it out yet, click here.
We will miss her and wish her all the best for her future!
Yesterday was a big day for the Bray Neuroimaging Lab: Mark successfully defended his Master's thesis titled "Modular Development of Gray Matter in Childhood and Adolescence". He investigated network development in the healthy human brain during childhood and adolescence and looked at a data set of over 400 typically developing participants. In particular, he analyzed whether surface area, cortical thickness and volume undergo different developmental trajectories and show differential synchronized developmental patterns.
Mark started his Master's project in Biomedical Engineering in January 2014 for which he was awarded an NSERC studentship. He was part of the NSERC CREATE International and Industrial Imaging Training (I3T) Program, which is designed to train highly qualified personnel who will drive the future of Medical Imaging in Canada. We're sad to see him leave, but also excited for him to begin the next phase of his education at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University this fall.
Kari Parson is a perfect example of an artistic scientist and we are happy that her art will decorate our meeting room from now on.
Left: Mosaic "Mirror Neuron"
Right: Acrylic painting of an axial brain slice
Mark will be presenting his poster on Wednesday, June 15, between 12:45 - 14:45:
#4070 Neurodevelopmental trajectories of structural covariance networks in the human cerebral cortex. Mark Krongold, Cassandra Cooper, Signe Bray
Don't miss the poster by our colleagues from Montreal on Thursday, June 16, between 12:45 - 14:45:
#3240 Localizing focal structrual alterations of the basal ganglia in autism spectrum disorders. Min Tae Park, Manu Schuetze, Signe Bray, Mallar Chakravarty
...for receiving the CREATE I3T scholarship.
The CREATE I3T Program is intended to prepare trainees to be future academic and commercial leaders, by providing them with cutting-edge technical skills and knowledge in Medical Imaging. Read more about it here.
...for successfully defending your Honors Thesis Project!
... for winning this year's Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship! The scholarship rewards the high level of achievement of students pursuing graduate studies in Alberta.
Check out Sarah's paper "Variation in functional connectivity along anterior-to-posterior intraparietal sulcus, and relationship with age across late childhood and adolescence” which has been published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (click on the image for access).
We attended the ACHRI 2015 Symposium yesterday which gave us a wonderful overview of the research done in the ACHRI Genes, Development & Health theme and where we met lots of other ACHRI trainees. Keelin, Mark and Manu also presented their research during a poster session and had interesting discussions about their projects. Today, we are looking forward to workshops aiming to help trainees build their careers. Thank you ACHRI for organizing!
Mark presented results from his thesis project "Neurodevelopmental Trajectories of Structural Covariance Networks in the Human Cerebral Cortex". Keelin presented preliminary results from her thesis project "Evoked responses to affective stimuli as a marker for reward system dysfunction in ASD." Manu presented first results from a question she asked for her neuroimaging study: "Can pictures of 'restricted interests' be used to investigate neural responses during reinforcement learning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders?".
We had an amazing time celebrating Autism Awareness Day yesterday, April 2nd, at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary! The event was filled with great people, music, and bubble blowing! We met Mayor Nenshi who was also there supporting Autism awareness in the Calgary community!
Keelin, Mark and Manu volunteered for Brain Day Calgary for which we visited students in grade 4. Besides teaching injury prevention and how to fit a bike helmet, we had many fun neuroscience facts for them. The kids drew the four different lobes onto balloons, guessed the brains of different animals, outperformed us in a hearing test and were flabbergasted by the optical illusions we showed them.
We're enjoying a wonderful conference at the Banff Centre, nestled in one of the most picturesque environments in North America. Even though the days are packed with inspiring talks and workshops, some of us went for a walk along the crystal-clear bow river while Signe ran up tunnel mountain!
Manu presented a poster about her work on "Striatal volumes in Autism Spectrum Disorders", a collaboration with Mallar Chakravarty, PhD, from the Douglas Institute, McGill University.