Fall 2013
Dear Parents & Participants,


I hope this e-mail finds you well! As happens every fall, we are busy here with new studies and new team members, and looking forward to seeing many of you in lab in the coming months. 

Whether you've participated in our studies many times or are a new member to our growing community, I greatly appreciate your interest in our research. Your support and participation are invaluable as we seek to answer many important questions about infant and child development. 

Warm wishes,
Charles A. Nelson, PhD
Director of Research, Division of Developmental Medicine
Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research
Professor of Pediatrics & Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School
 
In the News
What's your lot in life? How you see it may affect your child's brain.  Vector. 9.4.2013.
Did you know that a mother's self-perceived social status may affect her child's brain functioning? Click here to read about a new study from Margaret Sheridan, PhD , looking at how our self-perceptions may impact our children's brain development and stress response.

Bridging Brain Research and Dyslexia Awareness. Landmark360. 10.22.2013.
Ever wonder how researchers translate their work into practice? Click here to read a blog entry from Nadine Gaab, PhD , co-written with Elizabeth Norton, PhD for Dyslexia Awareness Month. 

Poverty and Brain Development: An Interview with Dr. Nelson. JAMA Pediatrics. 10.28.2013.
Listen in as Dr. Nelson discusses a new study out of the Washington University School of Medicine, in which researchers found that quality of caregiving plays a major role in development for children growing up in poverty. Listen here.
In the Community:
Visit us at the Museum of Science!
Saturdays, 1:00-4:00.
Beginning this Saturday our researchers will be at the new Hall of Human Life exhibit, offering visitors the opportunity to participate in studies at the exhibit's Living Laboratory. Our research teams will have fun activities for kids of all ages, looking at a variety of questions about memory, executive function, and social development. You can also spot Dr. Nelson, our Research Director, who is featured in a video portion of the exhibit speaking about epigenetics. For more info on the exhibit, which covers everything from sleep patterns, to DNA, to bee colonies, click here. We hope to see you there! 
Featured Study: GENDAAR
Gender Exploration of Neurogenetics and Development to Advance Autism Research
Currently, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect more males than females. Research shows that males are 15 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD. To learn more about the mechanisms underlying these gender differences, the current study is part of a large network called the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE Network) which includes researchers from Yale University, UCLA, the University of Washington, and our labs here at Boston Children's Hospital. Together, we aim to identify gender differences in brain structure, function, connectivity, and genetics in children and adolescents with ASD. By learning more about these gender differences, we aim to improve techniques for diagnosis and interventions. 

For this study, we will be enrolling three groups of children, ages 8-17:
  • children with an ASD diagnosis
  • siblings of children with an ASD diagnosis
  • typically developing children without a sibling with an ASD
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Jamie Love-Nichols at 617-455-7238 or lcnclinicalstudies@childrens.harvard.edu.  
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