Dr. Bernard was recently awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging to look at cerebellar changes across adulthood and their influence on motor and cognitive behavior. Check back for news about graduate student, post-doctoral, and lab manager opportunities.
Congratulations to graduate students Hannah Ballard and Bryan Jackson, and former undergraduate Hanna Hausman on publications this summer! Hannah and colleagues published a new paper on cerebellar tDCS and learning in the Journal of Neurophysiology, while Bryan and Hanna shared first-authorship reporting findings demonstrating cerebellar-basal ganglia network asynchrony in advanced age. This work was published in Cerebral Cortex. Please see our publications page for more!
Congratulations to Bryan Jackson on winning the Saul Sells Research Award! This award will support Bryan and his research efforts this summer.
Congratulations to Ted Maldonado on winning the StarCog Award in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences! This will provide him with summer funding to support his ongoing research.
LCMN Lab members had a great trip to the Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting in San Francisco! Ted, Bryan, and Hannah all presented new findings.
Huge Congratulations to Sydney Eakin and Hanna Hausman who are graduating from Texas A&M! They have both finished their undergraduate degrees and are on to extremely bright futures. Sydney and Hanna were wonderful additions to the lab, and we will miss them greatly. Best of luck to you both, and congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!!
New Paper Alert! Dr. Bernard, in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Orr from the TAMU CONGA Lab recently had a paper accepted to the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. The paper is titled: “Neuroimaging Biomarkers of Psychopathology: A Silver Bullet for Prediction, or Too Soon to Tell?”. You can check it out here.
Welcome to Bryan Jackson, who has just started in the lab as a doctoral student in the CCN area! As the semester gets started the LCMN has big plans for our research using both tDCS and brain imaging.
New Paper Alert! Our collaborators at Georgia State University, Sarah Clark and Dr. Jessica Turner, recently had a paper accepted in Schizophrenia Research, on which Dr. Bernard is a co-author: “Stronger default mode connectivity is associated with poorer clinical insight in youth at ultra high risk for psychotic disorders”. The paper represents Sarah’s hard work on her Masters thesis, and can be found here.
New Paper Alert! In collaboration with Drs. Vijay Mittal (Northwestern University) and Georg Northoff (University of Ottawa) recently had a paper accepted to Schizophrenia Bulletin as part of a special issue on motor dysfunction in schizophrenia: “What can different motor circuits tell us about psychosis? An RDoC Perspective”. Check it out here.
New Paper Alert: Dr. Bernard along with Jimmy Goen and Ted Maldonado recently had a paper accepted to Human Brain Mapping. The paper, entitled “A Case for Motor Network Contributions to Schizophrenia Symptoms: Evidence from Resting State Connectivity” is available online here.
Huge congratulations go out to Xavier Goode who is set to graduate from Texas A&M this weekend! Sadly, this means he will be leaving us. However, he has an amazing future ahead of him. Xavier was accepted to the School of Dentistry at Marquette University in Milwaukee! He will be moving north this summer to begin his studies. Xavier was a huge help in the lab throughout the past year, and we wish him the best of luck on his new adventures! We’ll miss you!
Dr. Bernard just returned from the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco. There, she presented a poster on new work done with Ted Maldonado and James Goen, both members of the LCMN. The work demonstrated cerebello-motor network dysfunction in patients with schizophrenia, and suggests that motor networks may provide insight into symptom severity in this important clinical population. Check out the poster here: Bernard_CNS2017_Final. In addition, Dr. Bernard collaborated with Dr. Joseph Orr and Bryan Jackson from the LCMN on a poster investigating cerebello-frontal networks in the context of theories of executive function.
New Paper Alert! In collaboration with Dr. Joseph Orr, also in the Psychology Department at TAMU, and with Dr. Vijay Mittal of Northwestern University, Dr. Bernard had a new paper accepted to NeuroImage: Clinical — “Cerebello-thalamo-cortical networks predict positive symptom progression in individuals at ultra-high risk for psychosis”. Using resting state connectivity, we were able to predict worsening psychotic symptoms over time in adolescents and young adults at risk for psychosis. Because this is an open access journal, you can easily find the paper here.
The LCMN is growing! Bryan Jackson, who has been volunteering in the lab for the past year will officially be joining the LCMN in the Fall of 2017 as a PhD student in the Department of Psychology. In addition, he was awarded a prestigious Diversity Fellowship from the graduate school to support his funding. Welcome and congratulations, Bryan!
New Paper Alert! In collaboration with researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and at Northwestern University, Dr. Bernard recently had a paper accepted to NeuroImage: Clinical. The paper is titled “Patients with schizophrenia show aberrant patterns of basal ganglia activation: Evidence from ALE meta-analysis”. The paper is open access, and you can find a copy here.
We were on the news! Recently, our work on the aging brain was featured on KBTX. Check out the article and video piece here.
Dr. Bernard and Ted Maldonado attended the Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference hosted by the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas Dallas.
New Paper Alert! Dr. Bernard is a co-author on a paper with her collaborators at Northwestern University, which was recently accepted to Schizophrenia Research. The paper is titled “Beat Gestures and Postural Control in Youth at Ultrahigh Risk for Psychosis” and will be available online soon. Congratulations to K. Juston Osborn, the lead author on the manuscript!
New Paper Alert! With her collaborators at Northwestern University and the University of Colorado, Dr. Bernard and her colleagues recently had a paper accepted to NeuroImage: Clinical titled “Disruptions in neural connectivity associated with reduced susceptibility to a depth inversion illusion in youth at ultra high risk for psychosis”. Congrats to Tina Gupta, the lead author on the manuscript, on her first publication in graduate school! The paper is open access and you can find a copy here.
Congratulations to Courtney Russell on her first conference poster presentation at the Society for Research on Psychopathology in Baltimore, Maryland. Courtney was a former undergraduate who worked with Dr. Bernard at the University of Colorado. Her presentation on a meta-analysis of basal ganglia activation in patients with schizophrenia was very well received! Check out her poster poster here: srp-poster-1.
Ted Maldonado officially joined the LCMN after moving to Texas from Montana. In addition, we are joined by 5 wonderful new research assistants — welcome to the lab!
New projects have begun! We have started fMRI imaging at the Texas Institute for Preclinical Studies here on the A&M campus, and are actively recruiting young and older adult participants.
Welcome James Goen! Jimmy has accepted a position as the LCMN Lab Manager!
Dr. Bernard travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to present at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting. She presented new work on the cerebellum in psychosis risk: Abnormal cerebellar activation in psychosis risk during learning: Support for cerebellar dysfunction.
Dr. Bernard presented a talk at the Society of Biological Psychiatry annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. Her talk, “Cerebellar networks, function, and positive symptom progression in psychosis risk” was part of the symposium, “Role of the Cerebellum in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders”. Other speakers included William Hetrick (Indiana University), Vijay Mittal (Northwestern University), and Adam Culbreth (Washington University St. Louis).
Welcome to Ted Maldonado! Ted will be joining the LCMN in the fall as a graduate student in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Area
New Paper: “Differential motor and prefrontal cerebello-cortical network development: evidence from multimodal neuroimaging.” was recently accepted for publication in NeuroImage. Check it out here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811915008289
The Lifespan Cognitive and Motor Neuroimaging Laboratory was established at Texas A&M