Lurie Family Foundations MEG Imaging Center Research Overview



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The Radiology Research Division comprises a program of multimodal, multidisciplinary research, housed in Children's Seashore House for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) studies, and the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research for clinical coordination. The group's primary focus is pediatric developmental neuroscience with specific clinical application to autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, related genetic syndromes, and mild traumatic brain injury. The research group undertakes large N imaging studies of "typical" controls to understand brain structure and function pathology, and typical brain development in infants, children, and adolescents.

In addition to technological tools employed to image the brain, all research participants are administered comprehensive tailored neuropsychological and clinical batteries.

The research program in CHOP radiology additionally comprises two faculty neuropsychologists and masters and PhD-level clinical assessment and evaluation staff, Evaluation rooms exist in close proximity to the research MRI facilities in the Wood Building and Children's Seashore House. Additional behavioral testing and clinical evaluation space is available a short walk away at the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research in the Center for Autism Research.

The center's close integration with the clinical section of neuroradiology facilitates clinical translation, and considerable expertise across the group encompasses MRI physics, electrophysiology, spectroscopy, imaging science, computational modeling, engineering, statistics, clinical psychology, and neuropsychological assessment.