We are recruiting!

Given the COVID-19 situation, we are currently not having any families visit the lab. However, we are recruiting for future studies!

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two month old baby


For infants born full term:

We would like to invite your baby to participate in a research study examining how a baby’s movements contribute to brain development. We are doing this research to learn about potential therapy strategies for other babies that might be at risk for motor impairments.

Participation will involve:

• 6 visits to the lab (1 – 1.5 hours/visit): These visits will occur 1x a month from 2-6 mos and at 12 mos. We will do our best to accommodate you and your baby’s schedule. We will try to schedule visits around feeding/nap times.

• Movement assessments: We will measure your baby’s movements using child-friendly sensors that are worn on the hands and legs like bracelets.

• Sensory assessments: We will measure your baby’s ability to feel objects using gentle vibrations on the hands

• Brain activity assessments: We will use an optical brain imaging technique that measures light to map out areas of the brain that are active when your baby is moving.

Criteria: 1) born full-term, and 2) aged between 2 to 6 months.


For infants born preterm:

We would like to invite your baby to participate in a research study examining how a baby’s movements contribute to brain development. We are doing this research to learn about potential therapy strategies for babies that might be at risk for motor impairments.

Participation will involve:

• 6 visits to the lab (1 – 1.5 hours/visit): These visits will occur 1x a month from 2-6 mos and at 12 mos. We will do our best to accommodate you and your baby’s schedule. We will try to schedule visits around feeding/nap times.

• Movement assessments: We will measure your baby’s movements using child-friendly sensors that are worn on the hands and legs like bracelets.

• Sensory assessments: We will measure your baby’s ability to feel objects using gentle vibrations on the hands

• Brain activity assessments: We will use an optical brain imaging technique that measures light to map out areas of the brain that are active when your baby is moving.

Criteria: 1) born pre-term (<33 weeks gestation), or with a brain injury, and 2) aged between 2 to 6 months.