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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 36

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!

Upcoming Events:

52nd Annual Child Neurology Society Meeting | Vancouver, BC, Canada on Wednesday, October 4- Saturday, October 7, 2023

Pediatric Academic Societies | Call for Abstracts, August 31, 2023 - January 1, 2024

Various Dates: Newborn Brain Society - Fetal Neurology Webinar Series


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!


New FNNDSC Member(s)

Please welcome Student Intern, Servando Rodríguez Quiroz! Servando is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He joined the FNNDSC this month and is working with Dr. Banu Ahtam in automating the analysis of MEG and EEG spikes in patients with epilepsy.

Please welcome Student Intern, Marina Hernandez!

Marina is an undergrad in the Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. She joined the FNNDSC in July and works with Dr. Abaci Turk in exploring placental and fetal well-being through functional MRI.

Please welcome Student Intern, Milton Osiel Candela Leal!

Milton is a senior Undergraduate Student in Biomedical Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. He has previous experience in Artificial Intelligence models on wearables and biometric (EEG, ECG, CV) data. He joined the FNNDSC in July and is currently working with Dr. Kiho Im on fetal MRI analysis. His main objective is to apply Deep Learning techniques in order to improve automatic fetal Cortical Plate segmentation.

Please welcome Student Intern, Ena Azcona!

Ena is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Hermosillo, Mexico. She is working under the guidance of Dr. Ivy Lin and Dr. Jason Sutin in the FNNDSC Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) program, where they search to implement non-invasive diffuse optical imaging techniques and develop medical devices to monitoring cerebral physiology. She loves archery and dogs.

Please welcome Student Intern, Pedro González!

Pedro González is a student intern currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Mechatronics Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is working with Dr. Banu Ahtam on epilepsy projects, using MEG for clinical purposes. On his free time, he enjoys playing chess, reading and puzzle games.


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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