Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, named one of Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research!
Dr. Vanderwal is among 20 outstanding awardees announced this year, and will be the recipient of a major grant to support her project titled “Functional Hyperalignment in Pediatric fMRI,” which focuses on improving how one of the standard preprocessing steps in pediatric fMRI research is conducted. While “hyperalignment” is a promising new approach in fMRI studies, it has not yet been tested in children due to challenges, such as requiring long brain scans with very low head motion for which children struggle to stay still. Dr. Vanderwal’s project will address this limitation by using movies in the scanner to help children stay still and also drive brain function in useful ways. In using the data to test hyperalignment in children, Dr. Vanderwal’s research aims to improve on a method that could significantly improve pediatric fMRI research overall.
Congratulations to Dr. Vanderwal on this significant achievement!
Backed by the Azrieli Foundation, the Arrell Family Foundation and the Alvin Segal Family Foundation, Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program supports promising early-career researchers in their pursuit of bold and novel ideas, while establishing sustainable resources to maintain independent and career-long research positions.