The latest generation of a wearable neuroimaging tool called DOT is allowing researchers to peer into the brains of very young children, with and without autism, to see how they process language and other information relevant to social interactions. The goal, says MIR researcher Adam T. Eggebrecht, PhD, is to gain a better understanding of how autism affects brain function and behavior.
Tics, those repetitive involuntary sounds and movements often seen in children and adolescents, appear to last longer than originally thought, says an MIR researcher and neuropsychiatrist at Washington University School of Medicine.
Although the brain weighs about three pounds, it took five men, a forklift and one large crane to hoist and position the newest piece of equipment that will examine the organ.
Researchers from MIR and the neurosurgery department at Washington University School of Medicine are collaborating with medical device maker Medtronic to build a better navigational system for brain surgery.
Researchers at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University in St. Louis participated in a national study that successfully predicted autism in infants with a family history of the disease.
MIR researchers are imaging kids’ brains with a new technology they hope will help them better understand autism and basic brain development in children.