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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Jan. 29

Upcoming events:

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

February 28 - March 2, 2024

Registration Open – Early Bird Rates!

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


Welcome New FNNDSC Member(s)

Please welcome Medical Student Intern, Vitor Pimenta!

Vitor is a fourth-year medical student at University of São Paulo, in Brazil. He is interested in neurology and neurosurgery, having previous experience in clinical research and statistical data analysis. At FNNDSC, Vitor is working with Dr Eleonora Tamilia developing prediction models for drug-resistance epilepsy and epilepsy surgery outcomes using EEG data. He is also working on the analysis of EEG and EMG alterations during babies feeding in intensive care unit that could help the assessment of their feeding efficacy.

Please welcome Medical Student Intern, Marcia Harumy Yoshikawa!

Marcia Harumy Yoshikawa is a final-year medical student from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has previous experience in clinical research of patients with intracranial aneurysms and traumatic brain injury. At FNNDSC, she works under the supervision of Prof. Ivy Lin on projects related to the use of near-infrared spectroscopy to predict outcomes of patients with hydrocephalus. Her interests involve Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, and data analysis.

Please welcome Research Fellow, Dr. Siân Wilson!

Siân is Research Fellow at the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging Developmental Science Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She obtained her MSc in Neuroscience from University College London in 2019, and her PhD in Neuroscience from King’s College London in 2023, where she holds an affiliate position as a Research Associate. Her PhD work focused on the development of analysis techniques for fetal diffusion MRI as part of the Developing Human Connectome Project, characterizing the developing microstructure of the human brain. At the FNNDSC, she works with Dr. Kiho Im integrating diffusion analysis methods and surface modelling techniques to examine how microstructure influences spatiotemporal folding patterns. Her research is currently focused on investigating how the structural foundations of the brain are laid in utero, in both the healthy developing population and in Congenital Heart Disease.


FNNDSC Research Symposium

Registration and abstract submission link:

Abstract Submission

Presentation Details

  • Format for presentations will be a brief 3-minute talk with 2 minutes for questions.

  • Maximum of 5 slides (plus a title slide) will be allowed for each talk (to be uploaded by March 15th in PDF format, no animations).

  • Participants can present in person or on zoom. 

  • Awards will be presented for the top 3 presentations. 

Please direct any questions related to abstract submission to Stefanie ( or Navaneeth (


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!


FNNDSC Wellness Club

FNNDSC Running Club

Thursdays at 4:00pm

Meet outside Trillium by the Landmark Doors!

401 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215

All paces welcome ~ 3 mile run

Any questions? Feel free to reach out to or


Brain Games 🧠 📝



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