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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 72

Upcoming Events

October 14th: Harvard Longwood Epilepsy Grand Rounds, Dr. Eleonora Tamilia

“Unearthing Neurophysiological Biomarkers of The Epileptogenic Zone from Non-Ictal Data: Novel Computational Approaches”

Journal club will precede the lecture at 10:30am led by Drs. Molly Tracy and Joseph Harmon. Journal club and Grand Rounds will occur back to back on the same Zoom Link. Please note- a password is required.

Zoom meeting information:

Join from your computer or mobile device: Password: Epilepsy

Please see journal article here: Evaluation of diazepam nasal spray in patients with epilepsy concomitantly using maintenance benzodiazepines: An interim subgroup analysis from a phase 3, long-term, open-label safety study

October 13th: ASNR- Cerebrovascular/Vessel Wall Imaging

Presented by Dr. Ajay Gupta,

October 18-22: fNIRS 2021 Virtual Conference

Registration for the fNIRS 2021 virtual conference on October 18-22, 2021 is now closed. To register follow the link: You still can register and attend the conference by becoming a 2 year SfNIRS member ( and then registering for free to the conference at the following link:

fNIRS2021 virtual conference members registration (you need to be logged in as an active member for this link to work)

Upcoming Major Federal Grant Deadlines

Oct 12th: Resubmission, revision, renewal K grants

Oct 16th: Resubmission, revision, renewal R21’s, R03’s etc.

If you plan to apply for any upcoming deadlines please reach out to Tina Giella.

Various Dates: Newborn Brain Society - Fetal Neurology Webinar Series Helpful LinksResearch Computing Data ManagementResearch Computing Self PortalResearch Announcements & NewsOffice of Sponsored Programs UpdatesFunding Opportunities and LinksStaff Resources - Covid-19Covid Vaccine FAQs


FNNDSC Student Interns

Lavinia Pace is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome . She received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in 2019 from Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. She currently works as a student intern at the FNNDSC on intracranial EEG (both SEEG and ECOG) for the evaluation of epilepsy in drug-resistant children for a better understanding of the epileptogenic brain network. Apart from her academic path, Lavinia enjoys traveling around the world and playing sports like basketball and running.

Nicolò De Luca is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at “Campus Bio-Medico” University of Rome. He received his bachelor's degree in Clinical Engineering in 2019 from “La Sapienza” University of Rome. At the FNNDSC, He works on developing methods to identify the epileptogenic zone in children undergoing intracranial EEG before surgery. Outside of academic interests, Nicolò enjoys tennis, photography, and alternative rock music.

Cecilia Liberati is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Università Campus Biomedico of Rome. She received her bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering in 2019. At the FNNDSC, her research project is detecting high-frequency oscillation in healthy children and children with epilepsy. Apart from engineering, her personal interests include music, reading and traveling.

Matteo Bernabei is a graduate Biomedical Engineering student from Campus Bio Medico University of Rome Italy. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the same university. He is completing his master's degree in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biorobotics and Ergonomics. He is working as an intern at the FNNDSC to develop his graduate thesis. He mainly focuses on Scalp EEG signals analysis of patients with refractory epilepsy, implementing methods to integrate measures of brain connectivity, excitability and developing classification methods to identify the epileptogenic brain tissue. It is Matteo's first time in the US and he occasionally takes walks around and field trips to see everything he can in this enormous and wonderful country. He used to practice gymnastics and enjoys exploring parks and spots around the city where he can train. Other passions he pursues are geopolitics and playing tennis.



Unique variants in CLCN3, encoding an endosomal anion/proton exchanger, underlie a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Duncan AR, Polovitskaya MM, Gaitán-Peñas H, Bertelli S, VanNoy GE, Grant PE, O'Donnell-Luria A, Valivullah Z, Lovgren AK, England EM, Agolini E, Madden JA, Schmitz-Abe K, Kritzer A, Hawley P, Novelli A, Alfieri P, Colafati GS, Wieczorek D, Platzer K, Luppe J, Koch-Hogrebe M, Abou Jamra R, Neira-Fresneda J, Lehman A, Boerkoel CF, Seath K, Clarke L; CAUSES Study, van Ierland Y, Argilli E, Sherr EH, Maiorana A, Diel T, Hempel M, Bierhals T, Estévez R, Jentsch TJ, Pusch M, Agrawal PB. Am J Hum Genet. PMID: 34186028

A machine learning-based method for estimating the number and orientations of major fascicles in diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging.

Karimi D, Vasung L, Jaimes C, Machado-Rivas F, Khan S, Warfield SK, Gholipour A. Med Image Anal. PMID: 34182203

White matter in infancy is prospectively associated with language outcomes in kindergarten.

Zuk J, Yu X, Sanfilippo J, Figuccio MJ, Dunstan J, Carruthers C, Sideridis G, Turesky TK, Gagoski B, Grant PE, Gaab N. Dev Cogn Neurosci. PMID: 34119849

Abnormal Right-Hemispheric Sulcal Patterns Correlate with Executive Function in Adolescents with Tetralogy of Fallot.

Morton SU, Maleyeff L, Wypij D, Yun HJ, Rollins CK, Watson CG, Newburger JW, Bellinger DC, Roberts AE, Rivkin MJ, Grant PE, Im K. Cereb Cortex. PMID: 34009260


Flu Vaccination

Important details about our 2021-22 influenza vaccine program

The influenza vaccine campaign for staff begins today! It is required that all Boston Children’s W-2 employees, medical staff, research staff, students, and contracted staff be vaccinated against the flu, no later than October 30, 2021 (with the exception of those with approved religious or medical exemptions).


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