It’s Peek a Boo Time! FMRI Fly thru Baby Brains!


Image Credit: Wayne State University website

Better Brains dispatch by Dr. G

Wow Wow Wowee!  It’s Peek a Boo time and I don’t mean to reference Herr Freud.

No, in this case it takes neurotech, not psychoanalysis, to reveal early stages of an unborn babies brain!

A first ever FMRI film, produced by Moriah Thomason from Wayne State University, “flies-through” the brains of 25 fetuses in the third trimester.  The yet to be born tweens were 24-38 weeks old.

As quoted in New Scientist,

By comparing the scans at slightly different stages of development, Thomason was able to pinpoint when different parts of the brain wire up. “The connection strength increases with fetal age,” writes Thomason.’

Why does this matter?  Revealing the inner mysteries of the human brain — in all stages of development — is the Promethean quest of our decade.  Whether capturing fetus brains in real time or mapping the cellular connections by way re-engineering the human brain through painstaking cellular slicing — the proof is in the pudding!  It takes curiosity, moxie and our passionate funding for teams of art, sci and tech specialists to make the seemingly impossible, possible. 

And what is that possible?  Imagine in 5, 10, 15 years from now, from where you are sitting, you’re able to see a team of researchers and diagnosticians perform early detection of autism spectrum, schizophrenia, or attention allocation issues and upend neurological growth patterns — all of this realized because today we dared to support research in neuroscience, neurotech and data visualization.   Or before you know it, Sony or Cannon will make a take-home camera enabling us to fly into our baby’s brains and prevent a WWIII temper tantrum.

Remember science fiction leads to science.  It’s only a matter of time.

Until then, join us as we raise awareness of arts and brain science research and send a message to the White House: Let’s support arts, tech and neuroscience learning now!

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Posted on February 24th, 2013
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