Seminar: Shedding light on infant brain and cognitive development in Africa: the BRIGHT Project

The next LuCiD Seminar will be on Tuesday 2nd April  at the University of Liverpool from 11 am – 12.30. Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox from Birkbeck will be shedding light on infant brain and cognitive development in Africa, from the BRIGHT project. The seminar will take place in Lecture Theatre 3, South Campus Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool (building 120 in square E2 of the campus map)

The first 1000 days of life (from conception to two years of age) are a critical window of vulnerability to exposure to socio-economic and health challenges (i.e. poverty/undernutrition). While only a fraction of our lifespan, it is characterised by prodigious physiological, psychological and physical change. Studies suggest that the presence of these risk factors in infancy has a lasting impact throughout the life course, however almost nothing is known about the neural bases of these early deficits. We have established a prospective longitudinal study (Brain Imaging for Global Health: BRIGHT Project) to chart early neurocognitive trajectories of brain development and behaviour at two parallel sites, in the UK and The Gambia. During the first two years of life, infants partake in a series of neurocognitive fNIRS, EEG, eye-tracking and behavioural assessments. In this talk I will highlight some of the key milestones, challenges and emerging findings from this work to date.

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