Many of the children currently residing at Boys Town have serious mental health problems that include aggression, self-harm and mood disorders. Boys Town National Research Hospital and Youth Care Services are working together in neuroscience research in hopes of understanding what is physically happening in the brain of a troubled child.
Dr. James Blair is the director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research in Children and says they now have the latest magnetic MRI technology available that provides a better way to understand the functioning of the brain.
Dr. Blair says, “Our aim is to improve how we identify the difficulties children are facing so we can indeed improve interventions and help the children get better faster.”
The hospital has purchased the latest magnetic resonance technology, fMRI that uses magnets instead of radiation to take pictures of the brain. That will help researchers determine how it functions. Pictures are taken before and again after treatment will help researchers determine the best intervention to help the individual child.