Thursday, October 6, 2011

U.S. Federal Innovation 11/365: Brain-Imaging Research on Human Development

Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) is a highly sophisticated technique for measuring the direction of water flow along tissue fibers such as the white matter in the brain and heart muscle fibers. One of Science Approach's collaborators, Susan Tapert, Ph.D., has used DTI to identify differences in how the brains of 12-year-old girls and boys develop. Her work, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, was featured in the July 2011 issue of Addiction Science and Clinical Practice. More information about DTI is available from Wikipedia.

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