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The Gaab Lab for Developmental Neuroscience

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Right now we are looking for infants (2-12 months) with a family history of developmental dyslexia. A family history of developmental dyslexia means that your child has a sibling or parent with a clinical diagnosis of developmental dyslexia (e.g. a doctor, psychologist or reading specialist gave the diagnosis). If you are interested in joining our study, please contact us via phone or email.

Please see also our link about all ongoing studies for more information.

If you meet the above listed criteria or know of someone who does and would like to participate, please use the listed ways to contact us.
  • Email us
  • Call us at (857)-218-4629
  • Mail us at
    Boston Children's Hospital
    Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience, BCH3178
    1 Autumn Street, AU641
    Boston, MA 02215
If you don't meet any of those criteria, but would like to be contacted about future studies on older children, teens and/or adults, you can join our participants' database by clicking this link.

Jobs

Research Assistant position, Boston Children's Hospital
The Gaab Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital is looking for a Research Assistant for a number of new projects examining language and reading development from infancy to adolescence. This includes subject recruitment for pediatric research studies (for English and Spanish speaking families) which will include close interaction with pediatricians in the Boston area, scheduling of pediatric research subjects, database maintenance, implementation and maintenance of analysis software; pediatric testing (includingMRI/fMRI scanning of young children and infants) and data analyses (psychometrics, psychophysics and structural/functional magnetic imaging), stimuli design and administrative work (e.g., preparation of internal review board proposals). We are in particular looking for someone who is bilingual (English-Spanish) and who has experience with the administration of standardized tests (in English and Spanish). The position is ideal for anyone considering future graduate study in cognitive (developmental) neuroscience, developmental psychology, education, computer science, cognitive science or neuroscience. Bachelor's Degree in computer science, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, math, or related field required. Comfort with a heterogeneous computing environment (Linux/Unix, Mac, and Windows) as well as some programming experience preferred; knowledge of psychological experiment software (E Prime, Presentation, etc.) and/or fMRI analyses software helpful. Prior experience with infants and children would be very helpful. Spanish language knowledge is required. Demonstrable pre-existing interest in developmental psychology/ cognitive neuroscience desired; knowledge of neuroanatomy, statistics or machine learning helpful. Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and must like working with infants, children and families. Start date ASAP. Please first apply to Nadine.gaab@childrens.harvard.edu with a cover letter and CV.

Postdoctoral position, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
The Gaab Lab at the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience/pediatric (f)MRI. The candidate will be expected to oversee the analysis of pediatric and infant (f)MRI experiments, analyze behavioral and (f)MRI data, develop new analysis tools, prepare manuscripts for publication, and participate in conferences. The current projects in the lab aim to characterize trajectories of early structural, functional, and metabolic brain development in infants and young children. Participant populations include infants/young children who grow up in adverse environments, young children exposed to alcohol in utero, or children with a genetic or behavioral risk to develop language-based learning disabilities. The successful applicant should have a doctoral degree in a field related to developmental cognitive neuroscience (e.g., cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, psychology, developmental psychology, medicine) or a background in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or computer science. The successful applicant must possess excellent English verbal and written communication skills. Applicants are expected to have a very strong research background in the design and analysis of functional brain-imaging experiments. Experience with (f)MRI analysis programs (e.g., SPM, FSL, Freesurfer, AFNI) a must. Programming skills (MATLAB, C++, Python) are desirable and experience with MVPA or connectivity analyses is a plus. Experience with the analysis of pediatric neuroimaging data sets and language and reading research are useful. Approximate start date is summer/fall 2017. Successful applicants will be appointed at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. For consideration please send a statement of interest, a CV, and a list of three potential referees via email to Nadine Gaab, PhD (nadine.gaab@childrens.harvard.edu). The search will continue until the position is filled.

For those otherwise interested in full-time or internship opportunities at the Gaab Lab, please fill out our survey here to tell us more about your experience and goals. Please also email us with a cover letter detailing your interests, relevant experience and why you think we might be a good fit for each other!

Community outreach

"There are science and the applications of science, bound together as the fruit of the tree which bears it." - Louis Pasteur
The Gaab Lab works closely with countless organizations and communities to ensure that the innovative cognitive neuroscience research being conducted here translates into real-world applications that advance the health, education, and development of all children. We would be happy to visit your organization and share this important research with you. If you are interested, please contact: the Gaab Lab for more information. We are always looking for new opportunities for outreach. If you have ideas on how we can improve our outreach efforts, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Directions to the Gaab Lab

Please find below a map of Boston Children's Hospital, Longwood Campus, directions to the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience from the T as well as directions to the parking garage. If you are walking or taking the T, please just follow the directions directly up to the 6th floor of the 1 Autumn Street building.
  • Directions when taking the T
    The Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience is located 2 blocks from the Longwood T stop on the Green D-Line. From the T-stop, take a left up Chapel Street and walk until you reach Longwood Ave. Take a left and walk over the bridge that goes over the T tracks. At the stop light, continue on Longwood Avenue, crossing the Riverway, when you get to the other the other side of the Riverway, take a right to cross over Longwood Ave. Walk up Longwood Avenue about 100 yards and Autumn Street is the first street to your right. The 1 Autumn Street building is located on the corner of Longwood Avenue and Autumn Street. Go in the front entrance, located on Autumn Street and take the elevator to the 6th floor. Right off of the elevator, please take a left and there is a door to the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience; please ring the bell for entrance.

  • Directions to 375 Longwood Avenue Garage
    From Route 93 and other points North -- Take Route 93 South towards Boston. Take Exit 26A, and follow signs for Storrow Drive West. After the Copley Square exit, get into the left lane. Take Kenmore Square, Fenway exit (on left). At fork in exit (just as you come off Storrow Drive), bear left and follow Fenway . Stay in right lane on exit ramp; bear right towards Boylston Street, Outbound. Follow Boylston Street- Outbound straight through several sets of lights. At the intersection of Boylston Street, The Fenway, Park Drive, and Brookline Avenue (at this intersection, there will be an Exxon to your left, and a D'Angelo's sandwich shop to your right), you will bear a soft left onto Brookline Avenue. Follow Brookline Avenue for _ mile, and take a right onto Longwood Avenue. The garage entrance is your first right.

    From Massachusetts Turnpike -- Take Exit 18, Brighton/Cambridge. Stay in right lane after toll. Bear right towards Guest Quarters Suite Hotel, getting in far right lane. At traffic light, take right toward Downtown Boston, Storrow Drive. Follow Storrow Drive to Fenway exit. Stay in right lane on exit ramp; bear right towards Boylston Street, Outbound. Follow Boylston Street- Outbound straight through several sets of lights. At the intersection of Boylston Street, The Fenway, Park Drive, and Brookline Avenue (at this intersection, there will be an Exxon to your left, and a D'Angelo's sandwich shop to your right), you will bear a soft left onto Brookline Avenue. Follow Brookline Avenue for _ mile, and take a right onto Longwood Avenue. The garage entrance is your first right.

    From Harvard Square, Cambridge, Route 2, Memorial Drive -- Follow Route 2 East/Memorial Drive until you pass the Polaroid Corporation. Immediately afterwards, take 2 East, Brookline/Kenmore Square exit. Off the exit, bear right at the traffic light, and go over the Boston University Bridge. At traffic lights, cross trolley tracks and bear left onto 2-20 East, Kenmore Square. Follow the sign for 2 East and go through two sets of lights. Bear right onto Mountfort Street, which becomes Park Drive. Follow Park Drive as it becomes Fenway. Take a right onto Brookline Avenue. Follow Brookline for approximately _ mile. Take a right onto Longwood Avenue. The garage entrance is your first right.

    From points South -- Take 24 North, Route 3 North, or 95 North to the Southeast (Fitzgerald) Expressway/Route 93. Take exit 18 Mass. Ave/Roxbury. Follow signs for Melnea Cass Blvd. Continue on Melnea Cass Blvd for approx. 1 mile, take a left at the light onto Tremont Street. Take a right at the second light onto Ruggles Street. Follow Ruggles Street for approx. 3/4 mile, and take a left onto Huntington Avenue (trolley tracks run down the middle of Huntington). At second light, take a right onto Longwood Avenue. Pass through three sets of lights (includes crossing Brookline Avenue) and garage entrance will be on your right.

Directions to the Gaab Laboratories at the Boston Children's Hospital in Waltham

If you have an appointment at the Children's Hospital Waltham please see Directions to Boston Children's Hospital Waltham.

Address: Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham 9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: (781) 216-1931

The Gaab Lab in Waltham is ONLY to reach on this number on days of testing. For all other days please contact the main laboratory at (857) 218-4629.
  • From the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) Eastbound
    Take exit 14 for I-95/Route 128. Proceed north and follow the I-95/Route 128 northbound directions.
  • From the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) Westbound
    Take exit 15 for I-95/Route 128. Proceed north and follow the I-95/Route 128 northbound directions.
  • From I-95/Route 128 Northbound
    Take exit 26 to Waltham/Weston. Follow signs for Route 20 East toward Waltham. Stay on Route 20/Weston Street for 1 mile into Waltham. At the 3rd set of lights, bear right onto Vernon Street. Proceed 1/4 mile and turn right onto South Street. Proceed another 1/4 mile and turn left onto Highland Street. Continue just 400 feet and turn right onto Hope Avenue. Follow the signs for Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham.
  • From I-95/Route 128 Southbound
    Take exit 26 to Waltham/Weston. Bear left around the Route 20 rotary towards Waltham/Boston (Route 20 East). At the 3rd set of lights, bear right onto Vernon Street. Proceed 1/4 mile and turn right onto South Street. Proceed another 1/4 mile and turn left onto Highland Street. Continue just 400 feet and turn right onto Hope Avenue. Follow the signs for Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham.
  • Via MBTA
    The two bus routes with stop nearest to 9 Hope Ave are the 553 (Roberts-Downtown Boston via Newton Corner & Mass Pike) and the 554 (Waverly Sq.-Downtown Boston via Newton Corner & Mass Pike). Both serve Central Square Waltham, Newtonville, Newton Court, Brandeis University and Bentley College. Visit the Trip Planner section of mbta.com for a complete, personalized route. Enter your Start: address. Enter "9 Hope Avenue, Waltham, MA" as your End: address. Be sure to click on the box for "Trip must be accessible" if you required accessible transportation.