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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 39

Upcoming events

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.

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.



Congratulations Ajay!

Dr. Ajay Rajaram has been awarded the 2022 JoVE Research Innovation Award. Please join the NIRS Group in congratulating him on this accomplishment!


New FNNDSC Member(s)

Please welcome Siân Wilson!

Siân is an MRC-Sackler PhD student in Neuroscience at King’s College London. She received her MSc in Neuroscience from University College London in 2019, and has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of York. Her PhD work focuses on applying diffusion-weighted imaging models to fetal MRI data to understand the developing microstructure of the human brain. At the FNNDSC, she works with Dr. Kiho Im and Dr. HyukJin Yun, integrating diffusion and surface modelling to study how underlying microstructure influences spatiotemporal folding patterns.

Please welcome Dr. Leland Fleming!

Leland is a postdoctoral researcher fellow in the lab of Dr. Kerry Ressler and works with the FNNDSC as a collaborating research affiliate. His work examines the enduring impact of stress-related disorders on brain structure and function. Leland earned his B.S. in Neuroscience from the Baylor University. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with focus in Neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Leland's graduate work focused on using neuroimaging approaches to understand adult cortical plasticity following central vision loss in patients with macular degeneration. As a postdoctoral fellow, Leland continues to explore cortical plasticity of sensory systems in the context of development and stress-related disorders through a combination of human neuroimaging and bioinformatics approaches. In his spare time, he is an avid consumer of music, enjoys playing drums, and learning to play bass guitar and piano.


Annual Flu Shot

As a reminder, all Boston Children’s W-2 employees, medical staff, research staff, students, and on-site contracted staff must be vaccinated against flu by October 31, 2022.

  • The flu vaccine clinic in the Patient Entertainment Center (PEC) will be open from September 26 to October 31. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. You can find clinic schedules and other important information on the Flu Central web page.

  • Unit-based vaccination on our Main Campus and in the satellites will be available by a nurse in your department or floor beginning October 3, 2022. Speak to the nurse manager on your unit or department to find your designated flu vaccination nurse and to coordinate a time for vaccination. Staff who are receiving vaccinations on their units must complete the Vaccination Consent form on the Employee Health Portal, prior to vaccination.

  • Vaccination will also be available at other sites. More information will be posted to Flu Central as clinics are scheduled.

  • All staff, including those working remotely, may be vaccinated outside of Boston Children’s (e.g. at your local pharmacy or your doctor’s office). Anyone vaccinated outside of Boston Children’s must send documentation of the vaccination to Occupational Health Services (OHS). Attestation is no longer accepted.

Scheduling Booster Doses

The new Pfizer bivalent booster recommendation applies to those people ages 12 years and older AND who are two months out from the completion of their primary series or their most recent booster.

BCH employees are asked to schedule their booster dose in advance. We will accept walk-ins.

· Employees may schedule by emailing with the following information: name, CH ID#, date of last vaccine dose, and requested appointment date and time.

· Employees may schedule by calling our PLP scheduling line at 617-919-7102.

Please note that receiving the single bivalent mRNA booster replaces all prior booster recommendations for this age group.

*Boston Children’s will offer the Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 booster when available.


FNNDSC Wellness Club

What is Ride to Cure Kids?

Big energy and high impact, Ride to Cure Kids invites indoor cyclists (age 18+) of all levels to the new, world-class TRACK at new balance. Ride at your own pace, while accelerating research breakthroughs for kids at Boston Children's Hospital. There's a DJ, massage tables and more to amp up the good vibes for you and your ride team.

Join us for the first-ever Ride to Cure Kids on November 12, 2022.

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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