ATHENS, Ga. — Researchers at the University of Georgia and Emory University are sharing a $1.6 million federal grant to use a newly developed brain map to see how cocaine exposure in the womb affects children’s brains.
The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health is based on a next-generation brain atlas developed by the researchers. The map is intended to be an alternative to one created more than a century ago by a German anatomist, one still commonly used in clinical and research settings.
The UGA scientists identified 358 landmarks throughout the brain related to memory, vision, language, arousal and other fundamental bodily functions. They will use the map to determine the segments of the brain responsible for mental disabilities seen in children exposed to cocaine before birth.