Scientific Reports: Weak functional connectivity in the human fetal brain prior to preterm birth
In their January 2017 issue Scientific Reports, a Nature Publishing Group Journal, featured Dr. Thomason’s work on weakened functional connectivity in the fetal brain prior to preterm birth. This work indicates that even before they are born, premature babies may display altered neural circuitry. These findings suggest that factors contributing to early birth might also impact the brain’s development in the womb, leading to significant neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and cerebral palsy. This work is the first of its kind and was conducted in collaboration with researchers at Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues here at Wayne State University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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