Children's Hospital Boston
Division of Developmental Medicine 
Research Programs 
Boston Children's Hospital
Winter 2013 Newsletter

Hello, from Dr. Nelson! 

Hello from the Research Programs in the Division of Developmental Medicine! I hope that this e-mail finds all of you well and surviving this very snowy winter! A special thank you to all of you who've been braving the weather to come in and participate in studies in recent weeks. Thankfully, spring is around the corner now! We'll be at various community events in the coming months, so take a look at the "Out and About" section below to see where you can find us. As always, please feel free to explore our website or contact our Outreach Coordinator for more information about studies in which your family might participate. 

Whether you have already taken part in our studies or have recently joined our growing Participant Registry, I greatly appreciate your interest in our research. Your support of our work and participation in our studies are invaluable to us in answering many important questions related to infant and child cognitive development.

Warm wishes,

Charles A. Nelson

Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D. 

Director of Research, Division of Developmental Medicine
Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research
Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

Out and About

We will be at a number of different community events in the coming months. Take a look at the listings below, and please stop by and say hello if you find yourself at any of these events! 

Visions of Community 2013, 
Saturday 3/9, 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
This will be our fourth year at the Visions of Community conference for families of children with special needs. The conference features over 30 workshops and over 75 exhibitors. For more information on how to register for this event, please click here.

Cambridge Science Festival, Saturday 4/13, 12:00-4:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge
Stop by and see us and our big brain puzzle at the Science Carnival! This free event features games and activities for kids of all ages (including a Robot Zoo!) and several performances. Click here for more information.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Saturday 4/27, times TBD
YMCA Roxbury , Dorchester, and Hyde Park
We will have activity tables at all three YMCA branches listed. This annual event brings families and communities together to celebrate healthy living. Please click on the locations listed above for more information about schedules and activities as the day approaches!

In the News

Associate Chief, Dr. William Barbaresi, published a new long-term study this week looking at the effects of ADHD in adulthood. The study found that, although we often think of ADHD as a childhood disorder, around 30% of children diagnosed with ADHD will continue to have symptoms and related issues well into adulthood. Click here to read the full paper in Pediatrics. Click here to watch Dr. Barbaresi on CBS news, where he discussed his findings and what they might mean for how we treat ADHD in both children and adults.

Featured Study:
Could Specialized Video Games Help Children with ADHD?

Neuroplasticity Technology for ADHD
Children ages 8-11 with an ADHD diagnosis

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a paramount public health concern, impacting around 3-5% of the population. Although medications (especially psychostimulants) remain the most effective treatment for ADHD, there is an increasing need for alternative intervention strategies that decrease the reliance on ADHD medications and offer additional ways to improve the behavioral issues at the core of ADHD symptoms. For this study, we have partnered with NeuroScouting LLC, a local research and development company, to test out a range of computer games that may have potential as a supplemental treatment strategy for children with ADHD.

Previous research conducted by NeuroScouting has indicated that a neuroplasticity-based computer training has had a beneficial impact on inhibitory control in elite athletes. Inhibitory control is the ability to stop oneself from doing things you don’t want to do and do the things you do want to do. Kids with ADHD usually have some difficulties with inhibitory control, so we hope to investigate whether playing these specialized computer games could help children to increase their inhibitory control and decrease their ADHD symptoms. For this study, we are seeking children between 8 and 11 years of age who have been diagnosed with ADHD but not pervasive developmental disorder or an autism spectrum disorder. Eligible participants will be asked to attend 2 visits at Boston Children’s Hospital that will include computerized testing and 2 short EEG recordings and then will train at home on an iPad provided for the duration of the study (<20 minutes a day for 4 weeks). Participants may receive up to $140 in compensation.

If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact Katrina Bridgman at (857) 218-5228 or email us at

Do You Have a New Addition?
Congratulations! We have several ongoing infant studies, including a new project looking at emotion processing in the first year. If you have welcomed a new little one and would like to stay in the loop about studies that he or she may be eligible for, please let us know!

We have free parking and free child care for any older siblings that may tag along, and you will also get to take home a small toy and a "Neuroscientist in Training" onesie.

Two of our recent new additions in the LCN, belonging to Outreach Coordinator, Rebecca Hansen

To add your newest family member to the Participant Registry, please contact us by e-mail  or by phone at 617-355-0400.

To learn more about our current infant studies, please click here
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