Congratulations to lab undergrad Madeline Pitcock! Her poster at the Student Research Symposium beat 32 others to win the Psychology Department award!
— April 2019
New affiliation with TCU/UNTHSC Medical School.
Dr. Centanni is now an affiliated faculty member with the new TCU/UNTHSC Medical School! This will not only allow our current students to benefit from new collaborations, but will allow us to open our lab to med-students interested in getting involved with research on genetics of language and neural plasticity. We look forward to exciting new projects starting as the Medical School enrolls its first incoming class next year!
Interested in joining the lab as a graduate student?
It’s not too late to apply for admission for Fall 2019! We’re looking for someone interested in contributing to our animal model work on gene/brain/behavior relationships in communication disorders. Please check out our website for more detail about what we do and if you have questions or are interested, please email Dr. Centanni directly at t.m.centanni (at) tcu.edu
— February, 2019
Lab director Dr. Centanni has a new manuscript in press!
More of her post-doctoral work will soon be published in NeuroImage:Clinical, demonstrating that children at-risk for dyslexia who will go on to a diagnosis exhibit reduced visual word form area activation to letters in kindergarten, while at-risk children who go on to typical reading outcomes do not exhibit this hypoactivation. A PDF of the final manuscript is available on our Publications page!
TCU’s first imaging facility is under construction
The Centanni Lab is adding high density EEG and tDCS to its arsenal of tools, and construction on our new lab space is expected to wrap up in January, 2019! We are so excited to bring this technique to TCU and be the first neural imaging technique on campus.
Want to use this exciting new technique? We are looking for graduate students! See our ‘Want to Join Us?’ page for the details on how to apply! The deadline is January 1, 2019.
A successful trip to SfN!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the lab’s poster this year- we got some great feedback! If you missed it, or want to take another look, head over to our Publications tab and scroll down to conference posters- a PDF is linked to the poster title!
Undergraduate research grants awarded!
Congratulations to lab undergrad researchers Madeline Pitcock and Zoe Richardson for receiving research grants to help us continue evaluating auricular vagus nerve stimulation as a tool for improving reading! Stay tuned for updates as their projects get underway!
Society for Neuroscience update
Lab director, Dr. Centanni, will be presenting new research at the Society for Neuroscience conference in November (Tuesday, 1-5 pm session). This abstract was selected as a Hot Topic this year, meaning our summary will be given to the media in attendance. We hope to see you there too!
Our newest paper is now available!
Our manuscript, validating previous work in genetic rat models, was just accepted for publication in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience! We report increased cortical inconsistency in a subset of children with dyslexia, and demonstrate a potential genetic link. See the Publications page for the PDF!
A grant to continue our work on dyslexia-susceptibility genes!
TCU has awarded us a grant to generate a knockout rat to further study a gene of interest in dyslexia, DCDC2. Dr. Centanni's previous work suggested that this gene might interfere with response to intervention, and this new animal model will provide the perfect way to test new therapy options!
Brain imaging is coming to TCU!
The Centanni lab, in collaboration with the Leising lab at TCU, was recently approved to purchase a state of the art high-density electroencephalography (EEG) system! Each net will contain 256 electrodes to allow for better source localization and will also have tDCS capabilities. We look forward to bringing this new technique to TCU!!
The Centanni lab just received a grant from TCU...
This funding will support some basic science research to help us optimize the parameters for our auricular vagus nerve stimulation studies! We look forward to sharing the results of this exciting set of experiments!
The Centanni Lab's first research poster!
Lab director Tracy Centanni (left) with lab undergrad Alexis Jefferson (right) as she presents the first research poster out of the lab! Alexis received a TCU Students in Research grant this year to study the effect of training approach on novel letter acquisition. The poster was very well received by the community.