3-state project to look at developing adolescent brains
NEW ORLEANS - Researchers in New Mexico, Nevada and Louisiana are starting a $5.9 million project to look at how adolescent brains develop.
Lead researcher Vince Calhoun of the University of New Mexico says scientists at the universities of New Mexico and Nevada will scan the brains of 230 children between the ages of 9 and 15, taking three scans of each over the four-year project.
He says Tulane University scientists will analyze DNA from cheek swabs to study a process that regulates the effects of genes.
The brain scans will include magneto-encephalography (mag-NEE-toh en-SEF-uh-LOG-ruh-fee), which detects and creates images from tiny magnetic fields produced by brain activity, and two kinds of MRIs.
All three institutions will analyze and model various aspects of the data.
A National Science Foundation grant covers the costs.