Brain network models for understanding Risk (BRisk)


Children who are born very early are more likely to experience some challenges with behavior and mental health. However, we don’t yet understand why. The purpose of this study is to take measurements of the brain’s structure and function in children born very preterm or very low birthweight. We want to compare brain networks to full-term born participants. We want to try to find features of those networks that might increase risk in brain development.


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 8 to 12

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

For the group born VPT, inclusion criteria include being born <=32 weeks gestational age and/or very low birthweight (<1500g).
The control group will be recruited to group-level match in terms of age, sex and maternal education (i.e., not be significantly different on these characteristics), and will have been born full-term (37-41 weeks gestational age).

Exclusion criteria:

For all participants, exclusion criteria will include contraindications to MRI (metal implants, claustrophobia) and inability to lie still for ~10 minutes. We will not exclude based on comorbid conditions in either group.


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You may contact Dr. Signe Bray at 403-955-7389 or with any questions or concerns about the research or your child’s participation in this study.

Principal investigator:

Signe Bray

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