Dr. Dan Kennedy
Indiana University, Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences
Talk Title: Opportunities and challenges for developing fMRI-based biomarkers in ASD
Abstract: There is a pressing need for the development of objective, quantifiable biological markers (biomarkers) for psychiatric disorders. In this talk, I will discuss some of our recent work in developing reliable and individualized measures of brain functioning in typically developing individuals and in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These measures include functional connectivity MRI as well as naturalistic viewing paradigms using complex video stimuli. I will also highlight the many challenges that must solved before fMRI-based biomarkers can become a reality, including respiratory and movement artifacts, determining best practices for data preprocessing, and considering heterogeneity that is characteristic of ASD and other psychiatric disorders.
* This meeting will take the place of the regularly scheduled meeting on 12/14/18.
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