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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 42


Upcoming events:


Pediatric Academic Societies | Call for Abstracts, August 31, 2023 - January 1, 2024 6th Annual ASPNR Meeting, San Diego, CA

January 12 - 14, 2024


February 28 - March 2, 2024

Registration Open – Early Bird Rates!

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 3, 2023

Various Dates: Newborn Brain Society - Fetal Neurology Webinar Series


 

Honors/ Awards/ Achievements



Congratulations to Dr. Eleonora Tamilia! Dr. Eleonora Tamilia was awarded the Rosamund Stone Zander Pilot Award. This award is given to BCH investigators for one-year pilot projects. The research grants support translational research on neurodevelopmental disorders within the domains of Preclinical Research, Drug Discovery, Mechanism-based Therapeutic Development, Translational Biomarkers, and Gene-based Clinical Research and Trials.




Stefanie Perrier, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the FNNDSC, recently attended the Cognitive Neuroimaging Skills Training In Cambridge (COGNESTIC 2023) course at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK. This 2-week course taught neuroimaging analysis methods on structural, diffusion, and functional MRI, amongst other topics, with lectures and hands-on tutorials. For interested trainees, more information on the course and resources for learning analysis methods are available at the following link: https://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/cognestic-2023/



 

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

As a reminder, Boston Children’s Hospital requires influenza and COVID vaccination of all W2 employees and Associated Personnel with on-site access by November 17th. If you are in a role that is classified as fully remote, you are exempt from receiving the vaccinations.


1. Getting a Flu and COVID Vaccine at BCH -- Boston Children’s Hospital is offering a walk-in clinic again this year.

a. If you are clinical faculty/staff, you can receive your flu vaccine from the designated nurse on the NICU. Unit based vaccination will not be an option for the COVID vaccine.

b. Please check this site for the flu & COVID clinic schedules at BCH and satellite locations:

· Consent forms will be completed at the flu clinic once you arrive. You do not need to complete a consent form beforehand this year.

2. Getting a Flu or COVID Vaccine Elsewhere -- If you plan to get either vaccine at your doctor’s office, a clinic, or pharmacy, please submit documentation to OHS. Documentation is required this year and attestation forms will not be offered.

a. Send documentation of your flu or COVID vaccination to OHSFluCOVIDVaccine@childrens.harvard.edu.

• If you received a flu or COVID vaccine in Massachusetts (but OUTSIDE of BCH), your vaccination record is in the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS). BCH OHS can access this. Please email a request for this with your name, date of birth and ID number for this to OHSFluCOVIDVaccine@childrens.harvard.edu.

• If you received a flu or COVID vaccine outside of Massachusetts, you are required to send the proof of your vaccination to OHSFluCOVIDVaccine@childrens.harvard.edu. Documentation should include: Full name, date of birth, date of vaccination, and type of vaccine received.


More detailed information about the exemption process can be found here.

 

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 https://HBCDStudy.org, or contact HBCD@childrens.harvard.edu. We would love to have you and your family be a part of this important research!

 

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 tina.giella@childrens.harvard.edu or winona.bruce-baiden@childrens.harvard.edu

 

Brain Games 🧠 📝



 

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