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Flux Congress

This week, lab members will be attending the 2nd annual Flux Congress in Universal City! Dr. Sowell and her team of graduate students and post doctoral fellows will be sharing our research and networking with participants of the Flux conference at this exciting event.

Dr. Elizabeth Sowell interviewed by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on the topic of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Can I Drink While Pregnant? Brain Imaging Expert Weighs In

During the month of August, two publications delved into the decades-old debate questioning exactly how drastically a mother’s activities while pregnant affect her child in the future—specifically in terms of alcohol consumption. We asked Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory

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Our research featured in The Telegraph!

Alcohol in womb slows teenage brain

In the first study of its kind, researchers find that even moderate drinking can cause foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

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7:34AM BST 04 Aug 2014

 Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy slow the development of their children’s brains well into their teenage years,

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Clues to How Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Harms Child’s Brain

HealthDay Aug. 5, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. EDT + More

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When a woman drinks heavily during pregnancy, the harmful effects on her child’s brain development appear to continue over time, a new study indicates.

The findings point to a possible reason

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Mental Health Infants Exposed to Alcohol in the Womb have Altered Brain Function

By Cheri Cheng

During pregnancy, women have to be extra careful about what they put into their bodies. Substances, such as alcohol and drugs, can negatively impact the development of the fetus. In a new study, the first of its kind, researchers from the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, examined

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Prenatal alcohol exposure alters development of brain function

In the first study of its kind, Prapti Gautam, PhD, and colleagues from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive tasks than their unaffected counterparts. These novel findings suggest a possible neural mechanism for the persistent attention

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Prenatal alcohol exposure alters development of brain function: Neural basis for symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Date: August 4, 2014 Source: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute Summary: Medical researchers have found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive tasks than their unaffected counterparts.         

In the first study of its kind, Prapti Gautam,

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Pubertal Hormones and Brain Volume in Adolescents

Human Brain Mapping has published an article by Megan Herting, Prapti Gautam, Jeffrey Spielberg, Eric Kan, Ronald Dahl, and Elizabeth Sowell (2014) on the role of testosterone and estradiol in brain volume changes across adolescence. This longitudinal study uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to examine subcortical brain volume in adolescent boys and girls. For

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Reading Skill and Structural Brain Development

Our very own Suzanne Houston and colleagues have recently published a paper featured on the cover of Neuroreport. This paper discusses changes in the brain and their association with performance on reading measures. The abstract can be found on pubmed and by following this link: Reading skill and structural brain development.

The Neurobiology of Childhood Structural Brain Development: Conception Through Adulthood

Suzanne Houston, Megan Herting, and Elizabeth Sowell published in The Neurobiology of Childhood.  Read the abstract and download the book here!