You know where your eye color and height came from, but do you wonder where your reading and language abilities came from? How are we shaped by our genes, environment and the complex interplay between them? Our research team at the University of California, San Francisco is tackling this problem for the first time using the latest, non-invasive neuroscience approaches. This program helps scientists disentangle genetic, prenatal, and postnatal environmental influences in brain networks underlying cognitive processes. Ultimately, this research will help us understand how we become the way we are.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about the cognitive traits of you, your partner, and your children, while helping to study some of the most intriguing mysteries of the human brain.
We are inviting families with a child born through assistive reproductive technology (ART) or natural conception (ages 5-12) to join a program that offers comprehensive information about their child's cognitive abilities and a brain scan at no cost. Your participation will also help families by advancing scientific understanding of the effects of nature and nurture on cognitive, linguistic, emotional and academic development.
Director & Principal Investigator
Dr. Fumiko Hoeft is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences, and Director of BrainLENS at UCSF. While continuing her work at UCSF, she will take on a new position at UCONN in August as Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director of Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC). She is a psychiatrist and developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and trained at institutions including, Keio Univ (Tokyo), Harvard, Caltech and Stanford. She is interested in using machine learning algorithms, graph theoretical analysis and multimodal neuroimaging techniques to understand how the brain develops and functions, particularly in healthy children, in those with learning differences (dyslexia) and socio-emotional challenges.
Florence received her PhD in Cognitive Science at the Brain and Spine Institute in Paris (2017). Her main interest lies in understanding how our brains accommodate reading acquisition so well, while paradoxically writing is such a recent cultural inventions at the scale of evolution that it cannot have influenced our phylogenetic development.
Robert L. Hendren, D.O., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Co-Director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center; and Director, Neurodevelopmental, Translational Outcomes Research Program (PRONTO). His current areas of research and publication interests are translational interventional outcomes research including clinical pharmacology, nutraceutical and nutritional trials using biomarkers (MRI, measures of inflammation, oxidative stress, immune function and pharmacogenomics) to enhance resilience in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Ella received her BA in Psychology from The New School in NYC and her MA in Psychology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is interested in the neural development of psychological disorders during early childhood and its relationship to various cognitive, socioemotional, and environmental factors.
Director & Principal Investigator
Dr. Roeland Hancock is the Director of the NIDL Lab and Associate Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hancock is interested in the neurobiological factors underlying individual variability in language processing and the application of new mathematical and computational techniques to understanding these processes. His current research interests include the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study neural excitability in auditory and language processing; distinguishing genetic and environmental contributions to language pathways; and developing tablet-based games for cognitive and literacy assessment. He has a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Arizona, B.S. in mathematics, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences.
Chloe received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco with minors in Neuroscience and Child and Youth Studies. She is interested in child psychopathology and the interplay between the biological and environmental conditions that impact cognitive development.