BDIL was founded in 2001 and has since then been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. BDIL is dedicated to the study of brain development and its disorders, with specific focus on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The primary techniques used by the lab are different types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These include functional MRI (fMRI), functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI), diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and tractography (DTI), and high-resolution anatomical imaging (aMRI).


Much of our recent and current work concerns abnormalities of brain network organization and connectivity in ASD. These can be detected with fcMRI, which – roughly speaking – tests how well different parts of the brain “talk to each other”. Functional connectivity is supported by anatomical connectivity (bundles of axons that connect nerve cells in different brain regions). Anatomical connectivity can be studies using diffusion MRI (DWI and DTI). The brain also undergoes dramatic changes in gray and white matter during childhood and adolescence, which can be studied with anatomical MRI.


BDIL also applies additional MRI techniques, such as MR spectroscopy (which gives some insight into brain chemistry), and  – in collaboration with other groups – electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). We also use various behavioral and diagnostic tests, as well as questionnaires, to characterize our participants and study links between brain and behavior.


If you are interested participating in one of our studies, please do not hesitate to contact us!


 

Welcome to the Brain Development Imaging Lab

Postdoctoral position: Multimodal imaging of network connectivity in Autism

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–2016–

  1. Media coverage of Dr. Joanne Jao Keehn’s IMFAR presentation (read here)

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Seraphina Solders wins the Parker Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper!

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Congratulations to Mike Berkebile for receiving a Dean’s Award for his presentation at the Student Research Symposium!

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Congratulations to our students who will be entering PhD programs in the Fall: Vicky (Weiqi) Zhao - Cognitive Neuroscience in Indiana University, and Sangeeta Nair - Behavioral Neuroscience in University of Alabama, Birmingham 

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Congratulations to Seraphina Solders for receiving a prestigious NIH-sponsored IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) fellowship!

–2015–

Dr. Inna FIshman receives a new NIH award, totaling $2.7M, to study early neural signs and brain network organization in toddlers with ASD (read here)

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Congratulations to Aarti Nair for defending her dissertation and starting a postdoc at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience

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Kudos to Nick Ray who is now a graduate student at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and to Laura Alba who begins a graduate program at Columbia U.

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  1. Media coverage of Amanda Khan’s paper: read here

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  1. Colleen Chen’s OHBM Abstract receives a Merit Abstract Award!

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  3. BDIL receives a new NIH grant to examine brain structure and function in older adults with ASD (read here and watch here)

–2014–

Dr. Inna Fishman’s new project gets coverage here

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BDIL has received two new NIH grants, totaling $3.7M, for the combined use of MRI techniques, EEG, and MEG in the study of brain network abnormalities in ASD

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Congratulations to two BDIL alumni who recently received faculty appointments:

Michelle Villalobos is now Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UNC, Chapel Hill;

Brandon Keehn is now Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purdue Univerisity

Kudos to our alum Kai Hwang for receiving a postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley

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New evidence from basic neuroscience showing reduced synaptic pruning in ASD supports BDIL findings of functional overconnectivity

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Nick Ray received a competitive Autism Science Foundation Summer Research award, one of only 9 in the country! Visit the ASF website for more info

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Colleen Chen’s presentation on Machine-learning classification at IMFAR is highlighted here

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Media Coverage of Inna Fishman’s JAMA Psychiatry paper: click here

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  1. BDIL Alum, Jeff Treiber, gets a prestigious American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) research fellowship

2013

Mike Datko’s study on neurofeedback in ASD gets covered by SFARI foundation

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Media coverage of Chris Keown’s paper on local overconnectivity in ASD

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Aarti Nair’s paper in Brain is receiving some press

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