27th ISMRM Annual Meeting • 11-16 May 2019 • Montréal, QC, Canada

Educational Course
Stress & the Developing Brain

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Stress & the Developing Brain
Weekday Course

ORGANIZERS: Christopher Smyser, Andre Obenaus

Thursday, 16 May 2019
  08:15 - 10:15 Moderators:  Hao Huang, Tomoki Arichi

Skill Level: Basic to Advanced

Session Number: TH-02

This course focuses upon application of neuroimaging to study the effects of early-life stressors and psychosocial adversity on early structural and functional connectivity development. The session begins by discussing the current state of the field and the effects of premature birth on brain development. Approaches and results from investigations employing advanced neuroimaging techniques to study the effects of early life stress and psychosocial adversity across laboratory and clinical settings will be discussed. The session will also include discussion of how neuroimaging can be used to investigate the integrated relationship between environmental and genetic risk for neurodevelopmental disorders and psychopathology, an area of increasing interest in the field.

Target Audience
M.D.'s, Ph.D.'s, and trainees who are interested in applying multimodality neuroimaging techniques to understand the effects of premature birth, early life stressors and psychosocial adversity on structural and functional brain development.

Educational Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
- Describe the current state of knowledge and neuroimaging approaches for investigation of structural and functional connectivity in the developing brain;
- Discuss results from recent investigations detailing the effects of stress and psychosocial adversity on the developing brain across laboratory and clinical environments; and
- Apply neuroimaging techniques to better understand the intersection between environmental and genetic risk factors on early brain development.


  Structural & Functional Connectivity in the Developing Brain: State of the Field & Effects of Premature Birth
Deanne Thompson
  Stress & the Developing Brain: Lessons from the Lab
Tallie Baram
  Stress & the Developing Brain: Lessons from the Clinic
Alice Graham
  Stress & the Developing Brain: Connecting Environmental & Genetic Risk
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