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23 Feb 21. Pediatric fMRI research funding

Congratulations to Edinburgh researchers who successfully obtained funding to conduct pediatric fMRI research.

This image shows Dr. Richardson & a child viewing an image of the child's brain, together. After participating in an MRI study, children get to take home a picture of their brain.
Dr. Richardson & a child viewing an image of the child's brain, together. After participating in an MRI study, children get to take home a picture of their brain.

Wellcome Trust & The University of Edinburgh Institutional Strategic Support Fund granted University of Edinburgh researchers funding to establish a new research capacity for conducting pediatric fMRI research.

The team will develop & pilot an fMRI protocol for five-year-old children & then use this protocol to study brain development in the Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort (TEBC) - a large, prospective longitudinal study on children born preterm.

 

We asked Hilary Richardson, Lecturer in Developmental Psychology & Principle Investigator her thoughts on receiving the award.

“Pediatric fMRI research is particularly challenging because it requires acclimating children to the MRI environment & training them to stay very still. It also requires specialized methods for collecting & analyzing the data.

Creating the infrastructure for pediatric fMRI research will not only enable curating a unique fMRI dataset of young children born preterm, via the TEBC research study, but it will also lay the groundwork for future pediatric fMRI studies at the University of Edinburgh.”

 

 

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