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Rovet Lab


My laboratory is examining the neurobehavioral and neuroanatomic features of children exposed prenatally to abnormal levels of thyroid hormone or other teratogenic substances including alcohol. We are particularly interested in how the thyroid hormone affects the developing visual and memory systems.

We are currently studying or have studied:

  • children with congenital hypothyroidism
  • children born to women with thyroid disease during pregnancy
  • children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • children with hypothyroxinemia of prematurity

Our approach is multifold involving: (a) standardized clinical test batteries; (b) computerized tests of attention, memory, executive processing, and social cognition; and (c) structural and functional neuroimaging techniques. Structural MRI techniques include volumetrics, morphometrics, voxel-based morphometry, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and diffusion tensor imaging; functional MRI involves tests of memory, executive processing, and visual processing.