Brain Awareness Lecture: Watching the fetal brain develop: Can MRI help predict neurological disorders?

May 4, 2022
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Virtual link will be emailed to registered participants and posted to the website.

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Christopher Kroenke, Ph.D., professor, Advanced Imaging Research Center and Oregon National Primate Research Center's Division of Neuroscience, OHSU

In the second half of pregnancy, the brain of a fetus grows dramatically. During this time the outer surface changes from smooth to the folded, wrinkled appearance we typically associate with brains. Meanwhile, the cells inside the brain are growing, dividing and changing shapes. Is there a connection between these two processes, and could such a link help determine whether a person develops a neurological disorder?

In celebration of OHSU Research Week, Christopher Kroenke, Ph.D., will share his research using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to observe fetal brain growth and cell changes. Thanks to the safety and advancement of MRI it’s possible to watch these changes over time with the goal of developing new strategies for predicting neurological disorders.