Current Studies

If you are interested in participating in a study, click here.

Brain Development and Environmental Factors Study

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Ellen Grant, MD

 

Co-Investigators:

Dr. Banu Ahtam, PhD

Dr. Borjan Gagoski, PhD

Research Assistants

Michaela Sisitsky

Lauren Smith

The purpose of this research is to study how brain development is affected by various environmental factors, such as language exposure, parental backgrounds, mother-child interactions, and socioeconomic status. The study consists of up to two visits, which occur prior to the participant turning 12 months old. MRI is used to take images of the brain and to study how it is developing at each visit throughout the study.

Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH)/Hydrocephalus Study 

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Pei-Yi Lin, PhD

Co-Investigators:

Dr. Ellen Grant, MD

Dr. Ben Warf, MD

Research Assistants:

Hyunji Do

Shoshana Freeman

Samuel Rudisill

The purpose of this research is to study baby brain health and long-term clinical and developmental outcomes. Prematurity can increase the risk of bleeding and/or swelling in the brain, which can potentially lead to long-term neurodevelopmental issues. This research study is also intended to test the clinical application of the FDNIRS-DCS device. This device uses non-invasive, optical light and allows us to measure cerebral blood flow in addition to oxygenation. Information from this research will help determine whether the monitor should be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and used routinely in the future.   In order to participate in this study, your baby must be admitted to intensive or intermediate care settings who are at risk for bleeding in the brain, dilation of ventricles in the brain, and/or increased head circumference.

For more information regarding this study, please contact the research team at (617)919-1309 .

Multi-modal neuroimaging in children with cerebral palsy and brachial plexus birth palsy to assess functional and anatomical reorganization in relation to hand function

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Christos Papadelis, PhD

 

Co-Investigators:

Dr. Andrea Bauer, MD

Dr. Banu Ahtam, PhD

Dr. Borjan Gagoski, PhD

Research Assistants:

Lauren Smith

Matthew Pesce

The purpose of this research study is to learn how brain function develops and changes with age and experience in children with cerebral palsy and brachial plexus birth palsy, compared to healthy children. This study consists of 4 visits at Boston Children’s Hospital and uses non-invasive imaging methods such as MRI, MEG, EEG and TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). In order to participate in this study, your child must be 6 months – 12 years old, free of metal implants and free of active seizures or traumatic brain injury.

For more information regarding this study, please contact the research team at 617-355-0531 or email lauren.smith2@childrens.harvard.edu

Placental Health Study

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Ellen Grant, MD

Co-Investigators:

Dr. Esra Abaci Turk, PhD

Dr. Jeffrey Stout, PhD

Dr. Borjan Gagoski, PhD

Research Assistants:

Angelina Distefano

Elizabeth Holland

Our study team is interested in learning more about how the placenta functions during pregnancy and specifically, how oxygen and nutrients cross the placenta from mother to baby. The placenta is a unique organ that serves as a critical life support system for the developing fetus. Fetuses receiving less oxygen and nutrients are at risk of developing medical problems, including heart disease, growth problems, and brain injury. With MRI technologies that provide a better way to measure placental health, we might better distinguish unhealthy placentas from the healthy ones, and therefore help doctors make more informed decisions when managing high risk pregnancies and determining optimal delivery time.

 

For more information regarding this study, please contact the research team at 617-919-1306 or email elizabeth.holland@childrens.harvard.edu

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Tel: 857-218-5111

Email: richard.tammaro@childrens.harvard.edu

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