Developing Brain Institute
 Quarterly news & updates
July 6, 2020. Volume 5, Issue 1
Clark Parent & Child Network 
Children’s National Hospital on June 30 announced a $36 million investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation to provide families with greater access to mental health care and community resources. The Clark Parent & Child Network pairs clinical innovation with community partnerships to support underserved pregnant and postpartum women and children up to age 3. It will bridge a gap between prenatal care and early childhood development with a focus on mental health.  READ MORE
ICYMI: Washington Post Live
Lee S. Beers, M.D. , Medical Director for Community Health and Advocacy, and Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., explain how the new Clark Parent & Child Network will give D.C. children the best start to life. WATCH NOW
Honor Roll recognition
U.S. News & World Report in mid-June released its annual Best Children's Hospital rankings, and Children's National Hospital ranked No. 1 in the nation for newborn care for the fourth year in a row. We're also in the Top 10, an Honor Roll reserved for the best overall children's hospitals.  READ MORE
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Project RESCUE now enrolling!
Our research team will collect data over time to better understand the unique impact of multiple stressors for pregnant women giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic and for their offspring. We also are studying whether earlier, targeted stress-reduction interventions help to reduce those negative impacts.
Boosting babies' brains: In a group of 67 preterm infants born at very low-birth weight and ≤ 32 weeks' gestation, cumulative lipid intake in the first two weeks of life was positively associated with significantly greater cerebellar volume after adjusting for weight gain, gestational age at birth and postmenstrual age at MRI. Cumulative lipid and energy intake in the first four weeks of life were both significantly associated with greater cerebellar volume.  Graphic


Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., Director, Developing Brain Institute. was honored with the 2020 Children’s National Research Institute Mentorship Award for Translational Research . Dr. Limperopoulos was selected for this award by her mentees, who spoke to the “crucial and valuable impact” she has made on their careers and academic development
Save the date: The second-annual DMV Perinatal Mental Health Symposium will be held Nov. 9, 2020 at Children's National Hospital. Our colleagues at Mary’s Center would love to hear your input as they plan the agenda! Please contact the Maternal Mental Health program coordinator with your ideas, feedback and to learn more about how you may get involved. 
News coverage of our research team

Washington Post Live: Video (June 30, 2020)



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Sirius XM “Doctor Radio:” How maternal stress and anxiety affect the developing fetal brain (Jan. 29, 2020)

Healio Infectious Diseases in Children: Maternal stress over CHD linked to impaired fetal brain development (Jan. 17, 2020)

Society for Pediatric Research: SPR announces new members for 2020 (Jan. 15, 2020)

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Technology Networks: How maternal stress during pregnancy impacts baby's brain ( Jan. 14, 2020)

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The Developing Brain Institute at Children’s National , directed by Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., focuses on the developing brain, both in utero and shortly after birth. We are developing advanced MRI techniques to examine the structure, connectivity and metabolism of the brain in ways that cannot be done with conventional MRI studies. Our long-term goal is to be able to identify babies with impaired brain growth as soon as possible, so that proper interventions and clinical planning can take place earlier. Subscribe to our periodic newsletter.