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Research Abstracts Online
January 2009 - March 2010

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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Education and Human Development
Institute of Child Development

PI: Kathleen M. Thomas

Database Development and Data Management for Studies of Neurobehavioral Development

This project involves two main arms. The first includes the development of a database to maintain a large dataset of behavioral and clinical data from an NIH-funded protocol examining behavioral and brain development in adolescents who experienced early deprivation as a result of international orphanage care prior to age 5. Specific aims include the development of user interface for streamlined data entry and quality control checks.

The second arm of the project involves the management, storage, and processing of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data from these same adolescents. Specific aims include developing a data-management plan for storage of anatomical, diffusion, resting-state, and task-related functional MRI scans from a total of 250 participants. Access to processing and analysis software and data archiving are primary concerns. The researchers conduct numerous federally funded projects involving neuroimaging data and are looking to move from local to server-based data storage and analysis and to implement a more sophisticated data-management plan.

Group Members

Bonny Donzella, Research Associate
Ruskin Hunt, Research Associate
Jennifer Wenner, Research Associate