“The unique part of this study is, it’s really hitting nationally and networking across autism centers to get the big numbers we need to make discoveries we need in biology and autism,” said Dr. Suma Jacob, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota."
Thousands of participants are needed for SPARK, which stands for Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge.
Megan Gunnar, director of the Institute of Child Development in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), has been elected to the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is one of three University of Minnesota professors and 228 national and international scholars, artists, philanthropists, and business leaders elected this year.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers.
Dr. Kelvin Lim at the University of Minnesota is studying the brain to better understand the conditions that create addiction and lead to relapse after addiction treatment. Follow the link to listen in!
Carlson, for her research on the development of executive function (the brain basis of self-control) in early childhood, and Luciana, for her research elucidating adolescent brain development and the impacts of substance use, have been named Distinguished McKnight Professors. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status.
What does mentorship look like in the partnership between Minnesota and Uganda? Why is it important to train the next generation of global health researchers? How do students benefit from global health research experiences? Hear from faculty and students from both the University of Minnesota and Makerere University about what mentorship means to them and how it advances the impacts of global health research.
For her work investigating new treatments combining non-surgical brain stimulation and advanced forms of rehabilitation to minimize the impact of the stroke injury while improving function, Gillick has received a Land-Grant Professorship. Translating these investigations, her goal is to improve the lives of children with stroke and resultant cerebral palsy, for a lifetime.
Megan Gunnar, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Child Development, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education (NAEd).
The NAEd aims to advance high-quality education research and its use in policy and practice. The academy consists of 209 U.S. members and 11 foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. Gunnar was one of 14 new members elected to membership this year.
"If you've seen someone with cerebral palsy, the primary diagnosis for that is stroke," said Gillick. She added that chronic pain, vision problems and intellectual challenges can also develop. Through the study, the hope is to find the best way to intervene.
"This could change an individual's function not only during infancy but for their whole life which means how employable are they, how independent can they be, how productive can they be, how much can they enjoy the quality of life throughout their lifetime?" Said Gillick.
This study is a one-time project and will run through the year. Researchers are looking for families to participate. For more information, click here.