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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 33

Updated: Sep 29, 2022

Upcoming events:

August 17: FNNDSC bi-weekly lecture series

Presenter: Meher Rohit Juttukonda, PhD

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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

Abstracts are being accepted from July 15th, 2022 at 8:00 AM EDT until September 30th 2022 at 11:59 PM for the 2023 International Newborn Brain Conference in Clearwater, Florida.


Bi-weekly Lecture Series:

Date/Time: Wednesday August 17, 2022 @ 10 AM

Presenter: Meher Rohit Juttukonda, PhD

Title: Quantitative Imaging of Cerebrovascular Hemodynamics in Sickle Cell Anemia

Abstract: Sickle cell anemia (SCA) causes a reduction in the oxygen carrying capacity of blood and leads to an elevated risk for cerebral vasculopathy, silent cerebral infarct, and overt stroke, and changes in tissue-level physiology are typically observed to compensate for anemia. In this talk, an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approaches used for measuring this physiology in adults and children with SCA will be presented. More specifically, we will discuss novel MRI approaches for understanding compensatory mechanisms in SCA and also how the degree of compensation may be indicative of baseline impairment or predict response to therapy.

Bio: Meher R. Juttukonda is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and directs the Cerebrovascular Aging and Spin Labeling laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. His postdoctoral work focused on quantitative imaging of cerebral hemodynamic function in sickle cell anemia and in intracranial steno-occlusive disease, including the use of imaging for stroke risk stratification and assessment of treatment response. In 2019, he joined the faculty in the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH, where his current research focuses on understanding the contributions of reduced oxygen exchange efficiency to the burden of white matter lesions in aging and cerebrovascular disease.


Zoom meeting information:

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Or dial in from your telephone: Internally: x28882 Externally: 646-558-8656 (Primary) 408-638-0968 (If you are unable to dial into the primary number)

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Meeting ID: 914 0912 0118


New FNNDSC Member(s)

Please welcome Student Intern, Marisol Lemus Aguilar!

Marisol is currently pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. At the FNNDSC, she works with Dr. Kiho Im to perform MRI quality check and data management, quantitative brain structural feature extractor and deep learning network training to improve fetal brain segmentation and age prediction. In the future, Marisol plans on pursing a master's in Medical Imaging.


Monkeypox Facts and Prevention

Monkeypox is a disease that is caused by infection with a virus. The virus is similar to the variola virus which causes smallpox and the cowpox virus.

Monkeypox is a virus that can be spread from person to person through close contact. This can happen by touching the sores (lesions) of a person who is infected, by touching clothing, bed linens, or equipment that have been contaminated by fluid from infected lesions, or through respiratory droplets when people are in prolonged (>3 hours) face-to-face contact. Sexual contact with someone who is symptomatic is also considered to pose a higher risk for transmission.

Here is more information on the Emergency Management’s monkeypox webpage and the Open Meeting video.


FNNDSC Wellness Club

From June 5th to October 1st, free fitness classes are offered in parks throughout Boston. More information, including any cancelations, are provided on Facebook and Twitter at @bostonparksdept and @healthyboston. Virtual and in person options are available.

A great variety of classes, including circuit style, yoga, sculpt, abs & body, athletic conditioning, kickboxing​, and pilates.

Open Weekdays, 9:30A – 4:30P, now through mid-October.

Programs are weather permitted.

Wag Wednesdays! Come play with puppies at Joslin Park in Longwood. Every Wednesday from 12-2PM at Joslin Park


Brain Games



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