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FNNDSC Newsletter - April 29

Upcoming events:

Pediatric Academic Societies | May 2-6, 2024 | Toronto, Canada

OHBM 2024 | June 23 - 27, 2024 | Seoul, Korea

Society for Neuroscience | October 5–9,  2024 | Chicago, IL

MICCAI 2024 | October 6-10, 2024 | Marrakesh, Morocco

Various Dates: Newborn Brain Society - Fetal Neurology Webinar Series


New FNNDSC Member(s)

Please welcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Andrea Gondova, PhD!

Andrea is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She obtained her MSc in Bioinformatics from University of Edinburgh in 2018, followed by a 2-year work experience as a Machine Learning and Data Science Graduate Scientist at AstraZeneca. She then received her PhD in Neuroscience from Université Paris Cité. Her doctoral research performed at Neurospin, CEA, focused on the analysis of multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, including assessment of structural and functional connectivity as well as gray matter microstructure, to characterize developmental trajectories in preterm and full-term born infants. Presently, Andrea works with Dr. Kiho Im, focusing on developing methods for processing and analysis of fetal brain MRI, particularly for investigations into dynamic morphological patterns of cortical development in both healthy and atypically developing populations.   

Please welcome Research Assistant, Tiantian Lei!

Tiantian holds an M.S. degree in neuroimaging and informatics from the University of Southern California, where her passion lies in unraveling the intricacies of the nervous system and its diseases through MRI technology. With previous research experience focusing on biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Alzheimer's disease, she hopes to continue her exploration of imaging techniques in her role as a research assistant at the FNNDSC. Outside of work, she finds joy in music and movies, and is always on the lookout for the next exciting live show.


Brain Connectivity Laboratory Webpage. Contribute to c13inb/ development by creating an account on GitHub.


FNNDSC Studies Currently Recruiting

The HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study is recruiting people who are pregnant. We hope to learn how early life experiences can shape how a child develops.


Families are asked to participate in activities once during pregnancy, and across several visits during early childhood. Study activities include:

• Surveys about daily experiences

• Biological samples like saliva from you and your child

• Interactive activities for you and your child

• Pictures of your child’s brain

• Wearable sensors to measure your child’s heartbeat and movement

• Physical measurements of your child’s growth


If you're interested in joining this exciting study, you can learn more at, or contact We would love to have you and your family be a part of this important research!



Brain Games 🧠 📝



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