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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 41

Upcoming events

October 12: Bi-weekly lecture series

Presenter: Siân Wilson

Zoom meeting information: Join from your computer or mobile device: Password: 028623

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.

February 8-11, 2023 | Clearwater, Florida, USA

December 2-6, 2022 | Nashville, Tennessee

The AES Annual Meeting brings together healthcare providers, scientists, advocates, industry, and other professionals dedicated to better outcomes for people with epilepsy.



Congratulations to Matthew Pesce!

Matthew was selected as a winner of the 2022 Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes 20 young investigators conducting basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research. His abstract, titled “From “Irritative-Zone” to “Irritative-Network”: a Novel Interictal Estimate of the Epileptogenic Zone using Invasive EEG” (1281418), was selected from over 1,300 submissions for this honor. Congrats Matthew!


FNNDSC Spotlight

Medical Student Intern, Laura Berto!

Laura is a fourth-year medical student from São Paulo’s University Faculty of Medicine, in Brazil. She joined the FNNDSC in September. She is interested in Neurology, Psychiatry and Pediatrics and has previous research experience in neurological and mental disorders. At the FNNDSC, she is working with Dr. Banu Ahtam on studies involving BabyMEG scan, helping to organize and analyze MEG and MRI data.


FNNDSC Bi-weekly Lecture Series

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 10 AM

Presenter: Siân Wilson

Title: Spatiotemporal maturation of transient fetal compartments underlying thalamocortical white matter in the human fetal brain

Abstract: Using the high angular resolution diffusion MRI dataset acquired as part of the Developing Human Connectome Project, we quantified the development of thalamocortical white matter pathways over the second to third trimester in a cohort of 140 fetuses. We establish a method to model the maturing neurobiology of the fetal brain, by corroborating developmental changes in the MR signal between fetal compartments across time with previous histological work and suggest how this method can be applied to study the microstructural changes that underpin cortical gyrification.

Bio: 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.


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.

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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