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Dr. Fabián Soto awarded NIMH R21 “Perceptual and decisional processes underlying face perception biases in clinical depression”.

The project will use state-of-the-art computational and psychophysical approaches to more precisely characterize biases in the processing of face emotion in depression. The project will focus on aspects of attentional biases that are likely to have an impact on the outcome and generalization of treatments, particularly those based on learning through feedback.

Dr. Matt Sutherland (with Clinical Science Faculty Co-PI Dr. Elisa Trucco) awarded $2.3M R01/U54 from NIH/NIMHD to study electronic nicotine (E-cigarettes) in youth.

This this R01-level research project “Antecedents and consequences of electronic nicotine delivery systems in underrepresented youth” uses a prospective longitudinal study design to identify antecedents and consequences of electronic cigarette use at multiple assessment levels including personality, personal beliefs, social factors, and neurobiological characteristics assessed with MRI. This research project is one component of FIU’s larger Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) U54 grant (PI: Dr. Eric Wagner) titled: ‘FIU center for reducing health disparities in substance abuse & HIV in South Florida.’

Dr. Anthony Dick (with Clinical Science Faculty Co-PI Dr. Paulo Graziano) awarded $2.9M R01 from NIMH to study the neurobiology of ADHD!

This National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH; 1R01MH112588-01A1) award, entitled “Biosignatures of executive function and emotion regulation in young children with ADHD”, will examine and define the heterogeneity of ADHD in 5-7-year-olds using functional and structural neuroimaging, neuropsychological measures, and psychophysiology.

Dr. Aaron Mattfeld (with Clinical Science Faculty Co-PI Dr. Joe Raiker) and colleagues awarded NIMH R21!

Drs. Mattfeld, Raiker, and colleagues have been awarded a 2-year R21 titled “A novel examination of the neurobiological deficits underlying increased reaction time variability in children with ADHD.” The grant will examine the contributions of the dorsal attention network (DAN) and default-mode network (DMN) to increased reaction time variability in children with versus without ADHD.

Dr. Matt Sutherland and colleagues publish groundbreaking study in JAMA!

Dr. Sutherland and his colleagues have published a paper on nicotine and reward sensitivity in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association! Read more about it here!

Drs. Angie Laird and Matt Sutherland awarded NIDA R01!

Drs. Laird and Sutherland have been awarded a 3-year R01 titled “Neuroimaging meta-analytics for addiction: Nodes, networks, and new heuristics”. The grant will explore novel meta-analytic methods for understanding addiction at the neurobiological level.

Three Cognitive Neuroscience students win OHBM Merit Awards!

Three Cognitive Neuroscience students (Emily Boeving, Jessica Flannery, Taylor Salo) have been awarded Merit Awards from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping to present their work (in an oral session format) at the annual meeting to be held in Vancouver, Canada this June.

Dr. Reeb-Sutherland wins FABBS/ISDP Early Career Award!

Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland has won the 2017 Early Career Impact Award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences and the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. Congratulations to Dr. Reeb-Sutherland!

Please view the details here: http:/www.fabbs.orghonoring-our-scientists/impact-award-winners/

FIU installs brand new 3T Siemens Prisma MRI Magnet and Imaging Facility!

FIU has established the Center for Imaging Science and has installed a brand new research-dedicated 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma MRI scanner. This state of the art facility will allow FIU to advance Cognitive Neuroscience research in the South Florida area and develop an international standing for imaging research more broadly.

Dr. Anthony Dick (with Clinical Science Faculty Co-PI Dr. Paulo Graziano) awarded R56 from NIMH to study the neurobiology of ADHD!

This National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded project, entitled “Biosignatures of executive function and emotion regulation in young children with ADHD”, will examine and define the heterogeneity of ADHD in 5-7-year-olds using functional and structural neuroimaging, neuropsychological measures, and psychophysiology.

Dr. Laird awarded NSF grant to develop a metadata framework for neuroimaging!

This National Science Foundation funded project, entitled “Integrative Knowledge Modeling in Cognitive Neuroimaging,” will develop a metadata framework to facilitate data sharing of neuroimaging data and results. Read more about it here: http:/www.nsf.govawardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1631325

Jessica Flannery wins OHBM Travel Award!

Cognitive Neuroscience graduate student Jessica Flannery has won a competitive 2016 Organization for Human Brain Mapping travel award to attend this year’s conference in Geneva. Congratulations Jessica!

Dr. Fabián Soto receives two awards!

Dr. Soto was awarded the 2016 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of animal learning and behavior (link), and he was also selected as a “rising star” by the Association for Psychological Science (link)

Cognitive Neuroscience Faculty Awarded $12.7M NIH Grant to Study Substance Abuse Impact on Adolescent Brains!

PI Raul Gonzalez, Co-PI Angela Laird and Co-Is Anthony Dick and Matt Sutherland have received a NIH-NIDA grant to conduct a neuroimaging study of adolescents and their risk for developing substance abuse. Read about it here! http:/www.miamiherald.comnews/health-care/article36828798.html

Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland receives NICHD R03!

Dr. Reeb-Sutherland has received a R03 from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) to study “Effects of social cues on learning and memory during early infancy”!

Dr. Aaron Mattfeld cited in the New York Times!

Dr. Mattfeld was quoted in the New York Times about his work on ADHD. Read the Story Here!

Dr. Laird recognized as Highly Cited Researcher!

Dr. Angela Laird was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher based on Web of Science citations by Thomson Reuters. She is the only person from FIU to be so recognized. Click here to view the listing.

Highly Cited Researchers 2014 represents some of world’s leading scientific minds. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

Dr. Laird awarded NSF grant to study Physics students’ learning processes!

This National Science Foundation funded project, conducted with Co-PIs in Developmental Science and Physics Learning, entitled “Exploring the Neural Mechanisms of Physics Learning,” will investigate undergraduate students’ learning of physics concepts and associated neural mechanisms with learning using fMRI. This is a three-year grant.

Dr. Sutherland awarded NIDA K01 grant to study the neurobiology of cannabis use in HIV+ individuals

This grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will provide a more complete view of cannabis’s impact on the brain and behavior of HIV+ individuals in the service of improving quality of life, furthering neuroAIDS research, and informing public policy regarding cannabis use. This is a five-year grant.