The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain (DCMBH) Health Kickstart Grants encourage research that demonstrates new collaborations, directions, and technological developments. It supports new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies.
Congratulations to the DMCBH researchers and their teams who have received 2022 Kickstart Grants!
Four UBC Psychology faculty members received this grant for their work in pediatric brain research. Join us in congratulating Drs. Hee Yeon Im, Deborah Giaschi, Rebecca Todd and Daniela Palombo for their work in ‘Combining MEG and fMRI for multimodal functional neuroimaging in pediatric brain research’.
Functional neuroimaging techniques, such as functional MRI (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG), are non-invasive tools to examine typical and atypical brain development, informing clinicians and researchers of possible neural anomalies.
Because behavioural signs are often discovered much later than the onset of alterations in the brain, finding disrupted brain functions using neuroimaging techniques allows for identification of neurodevelopmental disorders. This project will combine MEG and fMRI to obtain temporal and spatial properties of brain activity, leveraging complementary information on when and where neural activity occurs during cognitive tasks and at rest and to develop neurocognitive biomarkers for abnormal brain development.