The Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity (NBC) Laboratory focuses on characterizing activation within and between brain regions among healthy individuals and those diagnosed with neuropsychiatric disorders. With emphasis on development of data analysis algorithms, neuroscience informatics tools, and neuroimaging ontologies, the Lab’s mission is to enhance understanding of (dys)functional brain networks in health and disease. Improved understanding of such brain networks may impact educational trajectories for students (e.g., the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study), as well as treatment outcomes for patients (e.g., Impact of HIV and Cannabis on Brain Function). Through our various projects, the Lab aims to address real-world issues. If you would like to know more about specific projects, you are welcome to visit us on GitHub and the Open Science Framework.

Predictors of nicotine dependence among adolescent waterpipe and cigarette smokers: A 6-year longitudinal analysis
Ebrahimi Kalan M, Bahelah R, Bursac Z, Ben Taleb Z, DiFranza JR, Tleis M, Nakkash R, Jebai R, Alam MM, Cano MA, Sutherland MT, Fenni K, Asfar T, Eissenberg T, Ward KD, Maziak W, Drug Alcohol Depend 217 :108346 (2020).
Published 12 Oct 2020
Estimating the prevalence of missing experiments in a neuroimaging meta-analysis
Samartsidis P, Montagna S, Laird AR, Fox PT, Johnson TD, Nichols TE, Res Synth Methods (2020).
Published 29 Aug 2020
[PREPRINT] Neural vulnerability and hurricane-related media predict posttraumatic stress in youth
Dick AS, Silva K, Gonzalez R, Sutherland MT, Laird AR, Thompson WK, Tapert SF, Squeglia LM, Gray KM, Nixon SJ, Cottler LB, Le Greca AM, Gurwitch RH, Comer JS, bioRxiv (2020).
Published 29 Aug 2020
How do individuals with high functioning autism spectrum disorder perform social processing?
How do adolescents perform effort-based decision making?
What can we learn from dense sampling of individuals?
A new frontend for Brainspell and a resource to facilitate neuroimaging meta-analysis.
A Python package for neuroimaging meta-analysis that provides a shared syntax for a range for algorithms.
How does electronic cigarette use affect youths during development?

Graduate students Jessica Flannery, Lauren Hill-Bowen, and Ranjita Poudel were awarded pilot seed grant funds for two new research projects.

Posted 03 Dec 2019

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.

Posted 16 Oct 2019

Drs. Michael Tobia, Matthew Sutherland, and Angela Laird were awarded funding to investigate health disparities among aging individuals.

Posted 14 Aug 2019

Drs. Matthew Sutherland and Michael Riedel are NIH Loan Repayment Program awardees

Posted 14 Aug 2019

Katie and Taylor receive Trainee Travel Awards for the 2019 BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting

Posted 13 Apr 2019