Perinatal Imaging of Neural Connectivity (PINC)

This is an ongoing project.

Faculty Researcher: Moriah Thomason

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Jasmine Hect


This research project seeks to map the development of functional connections within the brain of the human fetus. In particular, our aim is to establish the sequence and patterning of fetal functional neural networks. Participants in our study are healthy expecting mothers in addition to those experiencing complications with their pregnancies, such as Intrauterine Growth Restriction and Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes. We seek to establish a link between fetal brain development and both environmental and biological factors in babies' early years that impact their health and growth. Our approach is to use functional (resting-state) and structural (DTI) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methods to model healthy and atypical brain development in utero.


Our lab requires a one-year commitment of at least nine hours per week. Our lab prefers those who have some weeknight and weekend availability.

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Last Updated

May 3, 2017