Early Brain Development & Neuroscience

The center has an outstanding group of developmental neuroscientists undertaking research on brain development using the latest neuroimaging methods to study children’s abilities to regulate emotions, learn a second language, manage dyslexia, and understand the self and others in their social worlds. The recent addition of functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) allows us to conduct brain imagining of infants and very young children and opens a window into early brain development not possible with fMRI. CHGD researchers also study the underlying brain functioning for the development of mental health and psychopathology in children and youth. The Center has interest in expanding research into the effects of poverty and stress on early brain development, prenatal exposure and fetal brain development, as well as the brain development of children born premature, autistic children, and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Research on early brain development will benefit by the support of our fNIRS collaborations which unites researchers from across the disciplines.

fNIRS Workshop: Shining Light on Child Brain Development. April 10-11, 2017. The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) at the University of Michigan invites participants to take part in an fNIRS workshop with a special focus on neuroimaging with young children as well as clinical populations. In addition to introducing the basics of fNIRS neuroimaging, the event will highlight emerging innovations in both the methodology as well as the science of human development.


CHGD Researchers in Early Brain Development and Neuroscience:
Greg Basura, Soo-Eun Chang, Pamela Davis-Kean, Kate D. FitzgeraldFrank Hu, Luke Hyde, Ioulia Kovelman, Renee Lajiness-O’Neill, Betsy Lozoff, Colter Mitchell, Chris Monk, Anuj Pradhan, Henry Wellman