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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 25

Happy Tuesday!

Upcoming events:

June 22: FNNDSC bi-weekly lecture series

Presenter: Abi Gartner, MRC-Sackler PhD student

Title: “Comprehensive volumetric phenotyping of the neonatal brain in Down Syndrome"

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June 19-23: OHBM 2022 is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland from June 19, 2022 - June 23, 2022

July 16-17, 2022 | Location: Proctor Academy in Andover, NH

Flux 2022 | September 7-9, 2022 | La Sorbonne Paris, France

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Society for Neuroscience: November 12-16, 2022; San Diego, CA

online abstract submission opens on June 21

More information on abstract deadlines here: Society for Neuroscience - Dates and Deadlines (

51ST CNS ANNUAL MEETING: The 51st CNS Annual Meeting will be held at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio October 12-15, 2022.

September 4–8: ICCN 2022 Geneva, Switzerland


New FNNDSC Member(s)

Welcome Xinyu Lily Wang!

Xinyu received her BS degree in 2020 from Ohio State University, where she majored in Psychology, minored in Global Public Health and Studio Art, and worked in the Attitude and Persuasion Lab and Childhood Mood Disorders Lab. She received her MA degree in 2022 from Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, where she majored in Clinical Psychology and worked in the Global Mental Health Lab at TC and the Communication Sciences Lab at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Xinyu has joined the HBCD study team as a clinical research specialist. In the future, Xinyu hopes to pursue a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology or neuropsychology. In her spare time, Xinyu enjoys assorted art and fitness activities.

Welcome Srivats Srinivasan!

Sri is a second-year medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, Texas. He is working with Dr. Jeffrey Stout to develop cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) analyses using BOLD fMRI for cerebrovascular diseases in young children such as moyamoya or sickle cell disease.


FNNDSC Lecture Series

Date/Time: Wednesday June 22, 2022 @ 10 AM Presenter: Abi Gartner, MRC-Sackler PhD student

Title: “Comprehensive volumetric phenotyping of the neonatal brain in Down Syndrome”

Abstract: There are relatively few fetal and/or neonatal neuroimaging studies of Down syndrome (DS), despite being the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability, with characteristics present from birth. The aim of our latest work, stemming from our early brain imaging in DS study (eBiDS), has been to provide a comprehensive volumetric phenotyping of the neonatal brain in DS using latest techniques, including high-resolution (0.5mm isotropic) reconstruction of the neonatal brain, automated segmentation of all brain regions & tissue segments, and robust normative modelling thanks to the developing Human Connectome Project (dHCP) (

Biography: Mr. Abi Fukami-Gartner is currently a PhD student funded by the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CNDD) at King's College London. He previously worked in industry for several years. He is currently undertaking his PhD research under the supervision of Professor Mary Rutherford, Dr. Jonathan O'Muircheartaigh and Dr. Katherine Long at the Centre for the Developing Brain in St Thomas' Hospital / Evelina Children’s Hospital, London. His thesis is exploring white matter development and subplate evolution in fetuses and neonates with Down syndrome combining MRI neuroimaging and post-mortem tissue analysis.

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