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Brain Map: White Matter Development in Children and Youth

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Catherine Lebel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Calgary


White matter development is critical to support proper cognitive function. Over the past two decades, diffusion tensor imaging has provided a clearer picture of the patterns of typical white matter development across childhood and adolescence. However, many questions remain. In this talk, I will discuss some of our recent work to (1) provide better specificity describing white matter changes in late childhood and adolescence, (2) detail typical white matter development in early childhood, and (3) describe altered developmental trajectories in children and youth with prenatal alcohol exposure.


Catherine Lebel is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Calgary and the Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Imaging. She leads the Child Brain & Mental Health Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Dr. Lebel received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta and completed postdoctoral training in Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research uses MRI to study how brain structure and function change with age in typical children and those with neurodevelopmental disorders, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. She also examines how brain structure and function are related to cognitive, behavioural and environmental factors, including the prenatal environment.

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Catherine Lebel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Calgary


June 4
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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