In The Spotlight

What shapes a child's sense of humor? Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Dr. Brian Haas' cover artwork was selected to be featured in the Human Brain Mapping March 2014 issue. Human Brain Mapping

Recovered bulimics poor at perceiving bodies' internal messages. Read more at Stanford News

September 2013 - The Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were recently awarded $5 million in funding by the NIMH for an innovative, five-year, research project involving families who have a child diagnosed with fragile X syndrome. The current project is a continuation of an initial study of infants and preschoolers with fragile X syndrome where our research groups identified patterns of early abnormal brain growth in children with fragile X syndrome who were between the ages of 1 to 6 years. The new study will follow up with the children from the initial study, who are now between the ages of 8 and 14, as well as enroll a group of new participants between 4 and 13 years of age. The results of this study will have important implications for current and future treatment trials directed at reducing symptoms in individuals affected by fragile X. Children with autism, developmental delays, and typical development may also be eligible for participation in the study. Click here to read the full press release and here to learn more about how to participate in the study.

June 2013 - CIBSR Investigators funded to study autism using a cutting edge functional imaging instrument called Functional Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS). FNIRS is a viable brain imaging modality that will be used to investigate brain function in children at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Dr. Ning Liu received a Translational Postdoctoral Fellowship from Autism Speaks to use imaging-based real-time feedback to enhance therapeutic intervention in ASD.  The overarching goal of this study is to accelerate the translation of functional near-infrared spectroscopy for enhancing treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Naama Barnea-Goraly, an Instructor in the CIBSR lab,  was recently awarded a 2-year grant from the Simons Foundation. In this pilot study we will identify young toddlers (18-24 months old) showing first signs of ASD and compare brain activation in these children with age-matched typical developing children. Our goal is to determine if neural activity at 18-24 months can serve as biomarkers and predict which children will go on to have an ASD diagnosis by age three. Early biomarkers for ASD would be valuable for more fine-tuned early detection of ASD and an earlier start of the most appropriate treatment.

To find out more about our current research in NIRS visit our link here.

Humor study finds that the female brain is hard-wired to respond postively to humor. Medical Daily

Stanford/Packard imaging study shows how humor activates kids's brain regions. Stanford School of Medicine news and ABC news.

Laughter may aid brain development CBS video clip

Dyslexia is not related to intelligence. Recently released in the LA Times and Stanford School of Medicine news

Article recently released in Neurology Now gives hope for families of children with fragile X.

Brain changes with trauma. Work done on this paper was in collaboration with CIBSR. AMNH Science Bulletins

Featured in Science in School - The science of humour and how women and men react differently to it.

About Our Lab

**Urgent Current Research Participant needs**

Healthy Volunteers Needed!

-Girls ages 7 - 13 years old for MRI studies

-Girls and Boys in 3rd Grade for NIRS studies

-Girls and Boys ages 13 - 19 years old for NIRS studies

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