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.
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers took brain scans at 6 months, 12 months and 24 months of children who were at high risk for autism because their older siblings had the disorder. They then identified the physical differences in the brains of children in that group who actually developed autism, and applied those findings to a second group of high-risk children.
Identifying those physical differences correctly predicted 80 percent of the children in the second high-risk group who met the clinical criteria for autism.
80-90% of people recovering from addiction relapse. If we could predict which people recovering from addiction were most likely to relapse, efforts to prevent it could be more effectively directed. Psychiatry professor Kelvin Lim is out to make that possible.
Earlier detection can make a big difference for families, says Patricia Pacheco. “I think it’s just a great program because we have been able to track Michael’s progress from just 3 months old to know that so far he seems to be neurotypical.” Michael got another scan at 6 months and will go back at years 1 and 2. “They give us information as we go,” she says.