I investigate how brain function changes over the course of healthy development, as a result of perinatal brain injury and in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. I am particularly interested in how these changes relate to long-term developmental outcome and behavior, and how functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can be used to identify children at risk before symptoms become behaviorally apparent.
There are unique challenges associated with using fMRI in young infants and children. I therefore have a great interest in implementing and evaluating fMRI sequences that reduce scanner noise and improve signal strength in the presence of motion, in using high-resolution fMRI, and in multivariate analysis methods such as Representational Similarity Analysis. Recently I have also become involved in adapting affordable neuroimaging techniques (EEG and cranial ultrasound) to assess neonatal brain injury and function in hospitals in Rwanda and Kenya.
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