brainLENS (Laboratory for Educational NeuroScience) at the University of California, San Francisco combines cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research methods with a deep passion for maximizing children’s potential in life, particularly stemming from the academic domain.

With a firm belief in interdisciplinary research, we integrate the latest brain imaging techniques, genetic analysis, and computational approaches to examine processes of learning, including acquisition of skills, such as reading, socio-emotional processing, motivation and resilience.
In the spirit of our lab, we aim to share the love of neuroscience with children of all ages, rapidly translate research findings to practice, and collaborate with teachers, clinicians, and families.

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Research Developments

At brainLENS, we are hard at work with projects we believe will help children thrive. We are pleased to announce several innovative developments presently underway that are certain to support our mission to alleviate the debilitating effects of children who struggle to learn or acclimate to challenging environments.

With the successful launch of the interdisciplinary UCSF National Dyslexia Center, our goal of a “one-stop shop” for assessment and support for those with learning differences is well underway. The Center uses cutting edge neuroscientific and medical research techniques in conjunction with traditional educational and psychological measures with the hope of enhancing diagnostic precision.

We are also currently investigating the earliest neurobiological signatures of the internal environment in order to better understand why some students succeed and other struggle in a given environment. We are also finding that the use of cognitive neuroscience approaches may allow us to identify children at risk for learning difficulties years earlier than using traditional approaches.

For more information regarding the center, contact Professor Fumiko Hoeft at info@brainlens.org. Currently the Phenotyping Project is in its pilot phase and enrollment is not open to the public.