title: NBC Graduate Students Awarded CCF Seed Funds for New Pilot Research
author: Jessica Flannery
excerpt: NBC graduate students Jessica Flannery, Lauren Hill-Bowen, and Ranjita Poudel were awarded CCF grants to fund two different research endeavors.
Lauren Hill-Bowen and Ranjita Poudelhave received $5000 to fund the proposed pilot project entitled, “Altered reward processing and chronic nicotine use: Training, preprocessing, and analysis of an existing simultaneous EEG-fMRI dataset”. This project will leverage an existing electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) dataset to provide enhanced
understanding of the brain processes linked with chronic nicotine exposure and acute therapeutic administration. Jessica Flannery has also been awarded $5000 to fund the proposed pilot project, “Behavioral approach toward electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) stimuli and future use intentions among middle schoolers.” This project will supplement data collection efforts of The ACE Project, an ongoing, large-scale, longitudinal study by expanding the age range of participants to also include middle school students. This project will develop and employ an additional behavioral task called the Approach Avoidance Task that has potential to predict future ENDS use.
NBC Lab personnel Jessica Flannery, Matthew Sutherland, Michael Riedel, Ranjita Poudel and Angela Laird published an empirical article in the peer reviewed, high-impact journal.
Drs. Michael Tobia, Matthew Sutherland, and Angela Laird were awarded funding to investigate health disparities among aging individuals.