Life Span Institute researcher elected to consortium advisory role

Tue, 07/02/2013

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Karen Henry
Life Span Institute
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LAWRENCE — John Colombo, director of the Life Span Institute and professor of psychology, was voted to join the external advisory committee of the High Risk Baby Siblings Research Consortium by the BSRC committee of principal investigators as a leader in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience.

The consortium is a partnership between Autism Speaks and the National Institutes of Health, led by the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The BSRC brings together research groups from around the world with the mission of discovering the earliest predictors of autism.

Colombo’s research focuses on the developmental cognitive neuroscience of attention and learning.



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