Volunteers Needed!

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Studying brain function, development, disorders, and plasticity with optical neuroimaging

Pediatric populations are especially challenging to study using fMRI, as it is difficult to get young children to lie still and alone inside an MRI scanner and comply with traditional imaging protocols. Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) is a newer, alternative functional neuroimaging modality, being developed by the Culver Lab also at Washington University, using near infrared light and the optical properties of hemoglobin to map brain activity. With its open, flexible scanning environment and potential resilience to motion artifact, DOT holds particular promise for investigating brain function in children of all ages. Thus, a collaboration between the Schlaggar and Culver labs aims to develop and apply DOT to study fundamental questions in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. One of our specific interests is looking at visual cortex organization in typical development and in children with strabismus, and studying visual cortex plasticity over the course of clinical interventions for strabismus. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: This study needs healthy volunteers! Email Kalyan Tripathy at tripathyk@wustl.edu if you are interested in this study.