With its IDD-specific expertise, Core C serves as bridge for IDDRC researchers with the resources of the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) by providing technical and financial support for studies that can benefit from these technologies. Core C personnel assist investigators at various stages of MR neuroimaging research.
Task Design Consultation and Presentation
Consultation on experimental design includes E-prime programming, development of audio-visual stimuli/cognitive task development, audiovisual system use, and facilitation of connections with other investigators with expertise in specific areas (e.g., attention).
Scanning children and vulnerable populations is more complex than scanning typically developing adults. The Core provides expertise and training in mock scanning procedures; at each stage, objective criteria are established.
Setting up new protocols at the VUIIS may require modifications depending on a researcher’s question. Additionally, newer and optimized technologies are constantly being developed by VUIIS bioengineers and physicists. Core C facilitates interactions with VUIIS for implementing MR sequences.
MR Neuroimaging Analysis
Core C provides assistance in obtaining information about: (a) conducting MR analyses and (b) automated “standard” analyses. To reduce effort for investigators collecting and analyzing neuroimaging data, Core C will provide automated routines for exporting and organizing raw MR data collected at VUIIS. IDDRC investigators can further request Core C to automatically process their data using standard and customized methodologies. While there is up-front cost to building these automated systems, over their lifespan they save orders of magnitude of both time and effort.
Core C holds monthly Neurodevelopmental Imaging meetings with Core members and IDDRC researchers as an avenue for discussing data interpretation, analyses, and grant ideas. In addition, one-on-one and small group consultation is available. Core C personnel participate in workshops, seminars, and user group meetings. These presentations survey relevant imaging methods and application at both the beginning and advanced levels.
In addition, Core C personnel participate in workshops, seminars, and user group meetings. These presentations survey relevant imaging methods and application at both the beginning and advanced levels.